Support the Hospice light up a life appeal

Keir, with mum Louise, writes his Hospice purple star in memory of his dad David
Keir, with mum Louise, writes his Hospice purple star in memory of his dad David

“I like talking about Daddy” - that’s what eight year old Keir Copeland says when asked what he enjoys most about coming to the hospice and meeting up with Claire from the Family Care Team.

Keir’s daddy, David, died at the hospice in January 2012 after being diagnosed with oesophageal cancer in December 2011.

His mum Louise said: “Keir is eight now. The support he and I have received has made a huge difference to us both. It’s changed our lives – a lot. We can now deal with our bereavement by using the tools and remembering the help we’ve been given by the hospice.”

Louise and Keir will also be remembering David this Christmas by supporting the Ayrshire Hospice Light up a Life appeal and concert and want to encourage others to do the same by remembering their own loved ones. The concert takes place on Sunday 27th November at 7pm (doors open 6pm) at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock and follows on from the huge success of the inaugural event last year.

To buy tickets for the Light up a Life Christmas Concert, please contact Lyn Bateman on 01292 288488 or email community@ayrshirehospice.org. Supporters can also send a cheque payable to Ayrshire Hospice towards the Light up a Life appeal.

MC for the evening is Linda Ormiston OBE who will be joined the Farmers and Farmers Wives Choir, Kilmarnock Amateur Operatic Society who will be performing songs from Les Miserables, Loudoun Academy’s jazz band and the wonderful Christmas music of the Salvation Army Band.

Hospice purple stars will also be available on the night where audience members will be invited to write a message in memory of a loved one. The stars can be taken home and used as the individual Christmas decorations or included in a special Light up a Life display at the hospice in memory of loved ones over Christmas time. Ayrshire Hospice Christmas cards, Christmas badges and raffle tickets will also be on sale.

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said: “We are so fortunate that our hospice is so well respected throughout Ayrshire and Arran and the support of our community is never taken for granted. It costs around £20,000 per day to run Ayrshire Hospice services and the charity needs to raise £4.6million a year from voluntary donations alone. The concert is a wonderful opportunity for Ayrshire as a community to come together and share in remembering loved ones. Christmas is a thoughtful time for many people and the concert will be very much a night of celebration and reflection. We are so grateful to Louise and Keir for bravely telling their story about how the hospice has helped them on their journey and we look forward to when they both join us on the night.”