Light Up a Life 2021

A time to remember. A space to be you.

Light up a Life brings love, comfort and hope to our community, and to Saint Michael’s, each Christmas.

For over 20 years, our Light up a Life remembrance services have been a meaningful occasion for our community to gather together, remember loved ones and recollect on the past months as well as hope for the future. They have offered the opportunity to dedicate a light on our tree to someone special, take a few moments to remember and to support the care that we provide for people living with terminal illness and bereavement.

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Dedicate a light to someone special…

See your loved one’s light shining brightly together with many other beautiful and unique tributes on our Saint Michael’s online tree below. You can add a photo and personal message, and share the link to your dedication with friends and family- simply click “dedicate” in the top right hand corner.

Prefer to make your dedication over the telephone? You can call our friendly team on (01423) 878 628.

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When you make a dedication in memory of someone special, your donation will help us give the gift of care this Christmas.

Your brightly shining star could make a difference to local people living with terminal illness or bereavement.


Year round, our dedicated catering team work hard to create nutritious meals our patients can enjoy. A donation of £36 could help offer someone staying on our inpatient unit this December a very special festive daily menu with all the trimmings, tailored to their individual needs and abilities.


A £50 donation could enable our specialist Just ‘B’ service to provide one-to-one support for a child, young person or adult experiencing grief over the festive season.


More people than ever need – and want – to be cared for at the end of life in the safety and comfort of their own homes. Your £140 donation could help a member of our specialist HOME service team to continue travelling to where they need to be for a week of home visits over the festive season, ensuring our patients can spend Christmas at home surrounded by the people and things they love.



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"Coming together with other families in a similar position made us feel it was OK to be vulnerable and grieve."

“In the December after Dad died, our family came to Saint Michael’s Light up a Life service. It’s a happy place where we feel comfortable remembering Dad. While our emotions were raw, it was really comforting and such a meaningful experience.”

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Our 2021 events are almost here…

This year, we warmly invite you to join us, whether online or in-person: A time to remember.  A space to be you.

  • Friday November 26 2021, 7pm at St Cuthbert’s Church, Pateley Bridge.
  • Sunday December 5 2021, 3.30pm at Ripon Cathedral.

A special joint service with Herriot Hospice Homecare.

Please book your free place for this event prior to attending on Eventbrite here.

In line with Ripon Cathedral’s safety measures, we ask that face coverings are worn when moving around the Cathedral but may be removed once seated (unless exempt). We will have face coverings available should you need one. We will be encouraging everyone to keep a safe and respectful distance from each other, and you may social distance when seated in pews if you wish. There will also be hand gel available to sanitise your hands.

  • Sunday December 12 2021, 4pm outside at Saint Michael’s Hospice, Crimple House.

A special virtual service to take part in from the comfort of your home. Please note, we will make the link for this service available closer to the time.


Apart from our service at Ripon Cathedral, you are welcome to attend our services without prior booking.


Looking out for our community in light of Covid-19

If you are feeling unwell, showing symptoms of Covid-19, have tested positive for Covid 19 or are required by any other Government guidance to self-isolate, please stay at home where you are welcome you to take part in Light up a Life online with our virtual service taking place on December 12.

We are keeping an eye on the current circumstances regarding Covid-19, with the safety and comfort of our community our absolute priority. We ask that you please check our website, social media and your emails where we will share any updates should our plans for the services be changed.

Thank you in advance for helping us to keep everyone safe and our Light up a Life events running.

We encourage our community to  keep up to date with the latest government guidance at:



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At the heart of Light up a Life are those who have died and we continue to love. Each person unique, and each life of enormous value.

Like all that we do, Light up a Life is here for you as an individual. Whether you need to laugh, cry, be surrounded by people or spend time in quiet reflection, Light up a Life is a space to remember loved ones and reflect, however feels right for you.

Experience the love, comfort and hope of Light up a Life from your own home.

When you make your dedication, you’ll receive a star to place on your Christmas tree in memory of your loved one. You’ll also be able to download a special home-pack with a few comforting materials which you can use as you take part in our online service, or in your own reflection time. We will email you a link to download this, and make our home-pack available on this page, soon.

If you would prefer for us to send you a home-pack in the post, please call our team on (01423) 878 628.

Need any help?

If you need any help, please contact our Supporter Care team on (01423) 878 628 or email and we will be happy to hear from you.