Love lights the way

Lucy McGinn from The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre on how local people can make a dedication to a loved one they’ll be thinking of this Christmas

A Christmas tree lights switch-on is taking place as part of The Nightingale's 'Lights of Love' ceremony at Microsoft in Enfield Town on 7th December
A Christmas tree lights switch-on is taking place as part of The Nightingale’s ‘Lights of Love’ ceremony at Microsoft in Enfield Town on 7th December

At The Nightingale Cancer Support Centre, we know that loved ones are always in your thoughts and always in your heart. With our ‘Lights of Love’ event you can celebrate that love and those who are most important to you.

Christmas is a very special time of year, bringing joy to many. It can also be especially difficult if a family member or friend is going through a hard time or is no longer with us. Lights of Love bridges that gap.

Whether your loved one is familiar with The Nightingale or not, young or old, local or abroad; all can be celebrated with a Lights of Love dedication using fond memories, words of love, and hopes for the future.

The community come together by sharing the love that lights up their life and those feeling lost or far from their loved one know they are not alone. In making a dedication, it will help our clients receive the vital support they desperately need when face with a cancer diagnosis.

We will be holding a dedication ceremony from 6.30pm on Wednesday, 7th December outside the Microsoft building in Genotin Road. It will be an opportunity for the community to join together and celebrate their loved ones.

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We invite you to hear readings, beautiful songs performed by St Anne’s High School Gospel Choir and St George’s Primary School Choir and be part of the official switch-on of Microsoft’s Christmas tree. The ceremony will finish inside the building with mulled wine and mince pies.

The Christmas tree lighting symbolises our theme that love lights up everything. We gather together in love, memories and joy and take time to recognise all the dedications made, what they mean to everyone and how they help people in need of cancer support.

The Nightingale is a local, independent charity serving people living in or receiving treatment in Enfield. We provide emotional, physical and practical support services, groups and activities to all those who may be affected by a cancer, including those diagnosed with cancer as well as their family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.

Gill Paschalis, from Microsoft Enfield, says: “Microsoft has a long-standing relationship with The Nightingale and we are delighted that we are able to support them again this year. While the Lights of Love ceremony can be difficult for some, it is an important event in our community and for many people, marks the start of Christmas.”

Make a Lights of Love dedication:
Call 020 8366 9674
Visit nightingalesupport.org.uk/lightsoflove

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