Each Christmas, the tree at Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross, is adorned with thousands of sparkling lights – each one shining in honour of someone special who is in your thoughts. It is a truly moving and spiritual experience.

Light up a Life has offered great solace and joy to so many people since it began in 1992. Last year, some 35,000 people were lovingly remembered through lights sponsored in their name. It is the way, so many people choose at Christmas time to remember their loved ones and the people close to them, who have lit up countless lives while they were alive and so deserve to be remembered.

Through the lights sponsored on lightupalife.ie those tributes can beam across the world. Light up a Life is the most important annual fundraiser for Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services – and it’s your participation that makes it so memorable.

Last year, Light up a Life raised €454,000 for urgent patient services and facilities improvements. As our services grow in demand we need your support more than ever. Your support will be put to work will be put straight to work funding our essential frontline services and paying for much-needed equipment and facilities – ensuring both patients and their loving families receive all the dignity, respect and comfort they deserve.

So in sponsoring a light for €6 there is a double benefit to your moving act. In honour of the person you have lost, your gift will be directly improving the treatment and care of patients here in Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Harold’s Cross and Blackrock. If you’re missing someone this Christmas, remember them – in the most magical and moving way. Light up their life. And once you have remembered your own loved ones, take some time to browse through the tributes, photos and stories shared by others.

“There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle” St Francis of Assisi

Our Light Up a Life ceremony and celebration is taking place on Sunday the 26th of November at 3:45pm in the beautiful grounds of Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, Harold’s Cross. We hope you can join us for this moving, magical evening. Thousands of people will gather to commemorate the lives of their loved ones who have passed on, to look back with joy and to celebrate the festive season.
The Light up a Life website is designed to make it easy for you to sponsor a light in honour of someone you want to remember this Christmas.

When you sponsor a light for €6, €10, or €20 you will be invited to include a tribute to your loved one, such as a poem, a memory, or some precious thoughts. When you have completed your light sponsorship, your acknowledgement email from this site will include a link to your loved one’s memory. We invite you to then share your thoughts and memories via Facebook and Twitter.

You will also have the option of receiving our special Light up a Life card for sending to friends and loved ones or displaying in your own home; this special card includes a small Christmas Tree decoration and costs only €1.

To sponsor a light, click the Sponsor button at the top of the screen, then enter your message and details. You can search back for names and dedications by clicking ‘Search for a Light’ then inputting the details requested.

The ‘Shop’ button allows you to purchase cards and ornaments.

If you wish to make a donation to Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services, click the donation button at the top of the screen and fill out the simple form.

*If you have any difficulty with the site or would prefer to sponsor a light by telephone, you can call  1850 66 06 06 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5.00pm) and our volunteers will be happy to help.

We need to raise over €4 million this year just to maintain our current level of service. With the help of our donors, over 3600 patients received expert loving care last year. And our Homecare Team made over 11,200 visits to patients allowing them to remain in the comfort of their own homes.