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Celebrate Light & Love with Bethell Hospice Foundation

Christmas Tree
Written by Patti Foley

 

This holiday season, remember someone special with a gift to the Bethell Hospice Celebration of Light & Love.

By purchasing a light on the Bethell Hospice tree, each Light & Love participant makes a real difference, and helps to usher in the holiday season in a very meaningful way.  Each gift may be made in memory of a family member or friend, and all those remembered are honoured at a candlelit tree lighting, with their names read aloud at the ceremony.  While many of those remembered are individuals whose lives have been directly touched by Bethell Hospice, many members of the community also take the opportunity to remember special people in their lives with a gift to help others in their time of need.

Last year, over $142,000 was raised during the Celebration of Light & Love, and more than 360 individuals were honoured at the beautiful tree lighting ceremony.

This year’s tree lighting ceremony and reception will take place at Bethell Hospice on Thursday, December 14.  Guests are invited to gather at the Inglewood Community Centre at 7:00 p.m. and participate in the candlelit procession to the doors of Bethell Hospice to light the trees at 7:15 p.m.  Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Bethell Hospice volunteer, Stan Cameron.

To honour a special person in your life, or to make a general gift, call the Fundraising Office at 905-838-3534 or donate to Light & Love online at foundation.bethellhospice.org.

Funds raised through the Celebration of Light & Love directly support Bethell Hospice.  As the only residential hospice serving all of Caledon, Brampton, Dufferin County and West Woodbridge, Bethell Hospice provides compassionate end-of-life care at no cost to residents or their families.  In addition, Bethell Hospice provides community care and bereavement programs at no cost to program participants throughout Caledon and Brampton.  Government funding represents only 60% of the cost to operate Bethell Hospice.  The rest – about $1,000,000 each year – must be raised through fundraising to keep the doors of Bethell Hospice open.

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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