Light up a Life

Light up a Life remembers 50 years of care

As Dougie Mac’s 50th Birthday year draws to a close, the hospice is calling on the local community to support its Light up a Life appeal this Christmas.

Light up a Life is one of Dougie Mac’s most poignant campaigns, giving the local community the chance to light up the hospice’s Christmas trees and;

  • Make a seasonal donation to help their local hospice continue its specialist care services
  • Think of the thousands of people Dougie Mac has cared for since 1973
  • Remember the loved ones they’re missing this Christmas by dedicating a light on the tree

The twinkling Christmas tree lights will shine bright from the start of December through to twelfth night and, for the third year, there will be trees at the hospice’s sites in Blurton and Trentham.

Jill Bowler, Head of Individual Giving at Dougie Mac, said, “Light up a Life is one of the highlights of our fundraising calendar and it’s always a very special moment when our Christmas tree lights are switched on for the first time, knowing that each one represents someone special.

“While many people take part to remember their own loved ones, it’s also a chance for the local community to come together to support their local hospice at Christmas.  The money raised will help to ensure that Dougie Mac can continue to be here for local people of all ages, when they need us, for many years to come.”

Everyone taking part in Dougie Mac’s Light up a Life will be invited to a special celebration ceremony at Victoria Hall, Hanley on Sunday 3rd December, which will include readings and performances from solo artists and choirs, including the Dougie Mac choir.

Supporters of the campaign will also receive a free, special edition metal decoration to celebrate Dougie Mac’s 50th Birthday and a Light up a Life Christmas card. For those who have dedicated their light to the memory of someone special, their Christmas card will be personalised with their loved one’s name and it will also be added to a special Book of Memories, available to view on Dougie Mac’s website from 1st December.

Margaret takes part in Dougie Mac’s Light up a Life every year, in memory of her Husband Peter. She said, “Light up a Life makes me feel closer to my late husband Peter and Dougie Mac at Christmas because during the dark days of Peter’s final two years living with Dementia, Dougie Mac really did light up our lives. They surrounded us both with loving support when we dearly needed it. I feel so glad to be a part of Light up a Life at Christmas.”

Full details of how to support Dougie Mac’s Light up a Life campaign, including how to make a donation and a dedicate a light, are available on Dougie Mac’s website at


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