The clock is ticking with only seven days to go until hundreds of people ‘Light up the Prom’, Bournemouth Hospital Charity and Macmillan Caring Locally are reminding people to come along to Bournemouth seafront on 23 October and remember a loved one.
Taking place at Bournemouth Pier Approach, the event will start with a single firework at 8pm which signals for all ‘Light up the Prom’ lights to be switched on and starts a two minute silence when people can reflect and think about a loved one. There will be a short firework display to mark the end of the two minute silence to celebrate those we love.
Barry Wilson, Events Officer at Bournemouth Hospital Charity, said: “We’ve had a fantastic response in the lead up to this event and have over 2,000 people saying that they’ll be attending the event via our Facebook event page which is amazing!
“We received great feedback from last year’s event and want to build on its success. Light up the Prom is a really emotional and beautiful event and definitely not one to be missed.
“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.”
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 atwww.bournemouthhospitalcharity.org. To find out more, call 01202 704060. One name with every light purchased will be entered into the books of light held in the chapels at both hospitals.
Even if people are unable to attend on the night they can still buy a light and it will be switched on in their absence.
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.
Proceeds from ‘Light up the Prom’ will go towards Bournemouth Hospital Charity’s Orchard Garden Project and the Macmillan Unit. Please visit www.bournemouthhosptialchairty.org andwww.macmillanlocal.org to find out more.