Light up the Highlands

Sponsor your light and make your dedication online here

Our online service

We warmly invite you to join our Light up the Highlands online service on the Highland Hospice Facebook page on Tuesday 1st December at 6pm.

Order of Service

Welcome from Hospice Chaplain, Norma Higgott

'In The Bleak Midwinter' performed by Ness Factor Winner, Margo Fraser

Poem ‘Love in the Time of Coronavirus’ read by Dorothy Mackenzie, Staff Nurse

'Silent Night' performed by Highland Voices Gospel Choir

‘The Time to be Slow’, reading by Kenny Mackenzie, Staff Nurse

A reflection on love and hope by Norma Higgott

'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' performed by Siobhan Neylon, Hospice Clinical Education and Development Lead

Together we can Light up the Highlands

Every year at this time, Highland Hospice invites our supporters to sponsor a light on one of our Christmas trees and light up the Highlands in memory of a loved one or in support of the Hospice. As we approach Christmas there is still uncertainty. It is difficult to make plans but we all want Christmas to be a time of hope, light and, yes, perhaps even a little sparkle. Maybe we can’t be together as families in our homes or as Hospice supporters gathered round a tree, but we can still remember our loved ones and honour our friends by lighting up the Highlands together.

The impact of Covid-19 on our care

Throughout the pandemic, our Inpatient Unit has remained open with over half the beds occupied, and we expect it will remain busy right through the Christmas season. Our Charge Nurse, Cat, has been reflecting on the impact of Coronavirus on the delivery of care.

‘Providing Hospice care takes empathy and compassion. Responding to the pandemic has been really challenging, as we’ve had to completely change the way we work while maintaining our high quality care. The facemasks we now wear create a visual barrier for patients and their families, so we have had to work a lot harder to communicate. Despite all the restrictions we still go the extra mile for our patients. We’ll celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special days – and of course Christmas. Visitors are still allowed, which is a blessing for patients and families, but numbers are limited to help us remain safe and so we also use technology to keep people in touch with their loved ones.’

The impact of Covid-19 restrictions on our fundraising

With the immediate cancellation of all events and the closure of our retail activities in March, we faced a huge potential reduction in income of approximately £750,000. Innovative online fundraising campaigns, and government grants have offset lost revenue, but we cannot guarantee these will continue. So many Hospice or supporter-led events that would have been offered simply can’t go ahead and it is difficult to know if it will be six months, a year or even two, before this kind of fundraising becomes normal again.

We face a massive ongoing reduction in income and are asking for your support this Christmas.

Sponsor a light and make a dedication

We invite you to sponsor a light on one of our Christmas trees and to join us for our online service at 6pm on December 1st to celebrate the lives of those we love, and look forward to the season of peace and goodwill. We will have trees in Falcon Square, next to our café ‘In the City’ in the Eastgate Centre, and outside the Hospice Inpatient Unit for our staff, patients and visitors to enjoy.

Your support would make a huge difference to all of us at the Hospice.

  • £10 could pay for a meal for a patient and a family member this Christmas
  • £25 could pay for a support session for a bereaved relative
  • £50 could pay for a physiotherapy session for a patient
  • £100 could pay a trained nurse to spend Christmas morning with a patient

If you make a dedication we will send you details of how to join with us to watch our Light up the Highlands service online at 6pm on December 1st.

Sponsor your light and make your dedication online here