Bournemouth Hospital Charity and Macmillan Caring Locally have teamed up for a second year of ‘Light up the Prom’, to remember or celebrate loved ones on Friday 23 October.
The two charities are inviting people to come along to Bournemouth Pier Approach for the moving event, which will start with a single firework at 8pm. This firework signals for all ‘Light up the Prom’ lights to be switched on and starts the two minute silence remembering those we love and those we have lost. There will be a short firework display to mark the end of the two minute silence.
There is also an opportunity to bid for a special firework which will light up the name of a loved one. Bids need to be made by 11.59pm on Wednesday 30 September and can be entered online at www.bournemouthhospitalcharity.org.uk or by contacting the Bournemouth Hospital Charity Office, based at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Barry Wilson, Events Officer at Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said, “Over 1,000 people helped us ‘Light up the Prom’ last year, and we’re really hoping that everyone who came will come back and bring others with them.
“If you’re planning to buy your light on the night, we advise that you arrive no later than 7.30pm, as we expect to be very busy in the lead up.”
Lights are £5 each and are available to purchase from the Bournemouth Hospital Charity Office, or Macmillan Caring Locally based at Christchurch Hospital. Lights can also be bought online at www.bournemouthhospitalcharity.org. To find out more, call 01202 704060. One name with every light purchased will be entered into the book of lights held in the chapels at both hospitals.
La Nova Singers will be providing live music at the event which is sponsored by Fairmile Grange, Christchurch – a new superior care home opening spring 2016.
Peter Curtis, CEO of Chorus, which will operate Fairmile Grange care home when it opens, said, “We are absolutely delighted to support Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s ‘Light up the Prom’ evening. It’s such a wonderful and inspiring event that will allow local people to remember and celebrate their loved ones.
“As we countdown to the opening of Fairmile Grange, which will be at the front of the Christchurch Hospital site, we look forward to partnering more and more with our local community.”
Over £6,000 was raised at last year’s event which saw over 1,000 people make the prom glow over the silence held while loved ones were remembered.