Saint Catherine's Hospice Light up a Life appeal offers you a way to remember your loved ones - this is how to do it

Saint Catherine's Hospice Light up a Life appeal is well under way, with a twist this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

At this time of year, Saint Catherine’s would usually hold a number of Light up a Life services across the Scarborough borough, but these have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions

Organisers have come up with an alternative way of bringing supporters together in remembrance during the festive season.

Susan Stephenson, communications and marketing manager, said: “This year, instead of displaying and blessing baubles at our services, we have asked supporters to write a special message or dedication on our Light up a Life baubles to be displayed in our charity shop windows.

The baubles will adorn shop windows this year.

“This is a way of bringing everyone together in remembrance and creating poignant and meaningful displays on the run-up to Christmas.

"The response so far has been wonderful – and there is still time to take part if people would like to get involved.”

Light up a Life packs each contain a set of two cardboard baubles and are available from all 11 Saint Catherine’s shops.

These are: Falsgrave, Ramshill, Victoria Road, Whitby, Filey, Hunmanby, Malton, Pickering, Helmsley, Bridlington and Driffield.

Supporters can write a dedication on each bauble, keeping one to display at home and returning one to Saint Catherine’s, to be displayed in their local shop window.

Saint Catherine’s shops are open from Wednesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm, closing for 45 minutes at lunchtime for cleaning.

All shops have undergone changes and rigorous checks to ensure they are covid-safe.

The Light up a Life appeal aims to raise much-needed funds to ensure that no family is left without support at the time when they need it the most.

Donations are crucial to the charity and can help pay for the following:

£20 could pay for an in-patient’s meals and refreshments for Christmas Day.

£50 could pay for a series of therapy sessions for a patient.

£200 could pay for our Hospice at Home team to visit four patients in their homes.

£500 could pay for a stay in the hospice over Christmas.

If you would like to make a donation as part of this year’s Light up a Life Appeal, go to or call (01723) 378406.

Cheques payable to Saint Catherine’s Hospice can be posted to Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Light up a Life Appeal, Fundraising Department, Throxenby Lane, Scarborough, YO12 5RE. Ensure you write your name and address on the reverse.

Saint Catherine’s Hospice provides care and support in people’s homes, the community and in its hospice for adults with a terminal illness, and to their families, carers and friends.

All of their services are free of charge and rely on donations from the public.