UHG celebrates launch of ‘Sponsor a Christmas Tree light’

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Pictured at the Launch of the 2018 UHG memorial Christmas Card, organised by the Childrens Rememberance Committee at Crowe's Bar on Monday evening was this years guest of honour, Galway's very own Don Stiffe with Nathan Madden from Abbeyknockmoy. Photo : Murtography

The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee at UHG celebrated the launch of their ‘sponsor a Christmas tree light’ yesterday evening in Crowe’s Bar, Bohermore.

A giant Christmas tree will be on display at the entrance to the hospital in December and people can sponsor a light on the tree as a dedication to a loved one.

Every time a light is dedicated to someone, their family receives a Christmas card and that person will also be remembered in three masses celebrated over the Christmas season in UHG.

Susan Massey from the Children’s Remembrance Day Committee explained: “Unfortunately many families have suffered bereavements during the year and sponsoring a light for someone who has passed away is a lovely way of letting family and friends know that we are thinking of them in a special way.

“Families may have loved ones who have emigrated and will not be home for Christmas and again sponsoring a light is a way to let them know they are in our thoughts.

“The funds raised through the sale of the Christmas tree lights are used to fund the activities of the Children’s Remembrance Day Committee throughout the year and any extra monies raised are used to enhance the services for bereaved families within the hospital.

“We were delighted that well known singer-songwriter Don Stiffe joined us to formally launch this year’s ‘sponsor a Christmas tree light’. The lights will be on sale at different times in the main foyer of UHG from 23 November until 9 December at a cost €5 each.”

If you would like to sponsor a Christmas tree light, please contact Children’s Remembrance Day Committee members Margaret Duignan on 085 8214443 or Susan Massey on 087 9452810 for more information.

On Sunday 9 December Galway Senior Footballer Paul Conroy will officially switch on the Christmas tree lights at UHG.

The afternoon’s festivities will commence at 3.00pm with music from the Conquerors and friends and the boys and girls from Scoil Cathríona Renmore will perform Christmas carols.