The Children’s Remembrance Day Committee at University Hospital Galway (UHG) have launched their annual ‘Sponsor a Christmas Tree Light’.
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.”
A giant Christmas tree will be on display at the entrance to UHG in December and people can sponsor a light on the tree as a dedication to a loved one.
The lights will be on sale at different times in the main foyer of UHG from 25 November until 11 December at a cost of €5 each.
If you would like to sponsor a Christmas tree light, contact Children’s Remembrance Day Committee members Margaret Duignan on 091-523206 or Susan Massey on 091-635302 for more information.
“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,” Ms Massey said.
On Sunday 11 December, Irish writer, actor, playwright and broadcaster Joe Steve Ó Neachtain, also well known for his portrayal of Peadar Ó Conghaile in the long-running soap Ros na Rún, will officially switch on the Christmas tree lights at UHG at approximately 4.30pm.
The afternoon’s festivities will commence at 2.30pm with music from The Conquerors and Friends. Christmas Carols will be sung by the boys and girls from Scoil Cathríona Renmore.