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Dedicate a light to remember someone special 

Festival of Light is loved by St Luke's supporters and for many, it is the start of the festive season. It's a time for us all to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of our loved ones.

We’re hoping that this year will feel extra special as this Festival of Light marks the start of our 50th anniversary year and we're inviting you to celebrate with us by dedicating a light and making a donation to your loved one.

Just £34 could contribute towards a patient’s meals for a week of stay on our In Patient Centre.

Dedicate a light

Join us at our Festival of Light event

We know how much our supporters look forward to our Festival of Light event at the hospice. We are delighted to let you know, that preparations are underway to welcome you back this year on Sunday 5 December from 5pm-7pm, to enjoy food, music and of course gather together to see our light switch on, in the true Festival of Light spirit.

Safety is, and always will be, our main priority and we’re busy planning the safest way for us to hold this event, without too much compromise, to still offer our supporters the chance to remember loved ones together. We fully expect that there may be changes in the national guidance and restrictions between now and 5 December 2021. If we need to change our plans in any way or cancel the event, we will contact you.

To let us know if you can join us, please complete your dedication to receive a link to attend the event.

How to get here

Tesco Abbeydale Road will be running a Park and Ride service to The Rising Sun (located on Abbey Lane). Buses will be running every 8 - 10 minutes between 4:20pm and 7:30pm. The last bus leaves The Rusing Sun at 7:20pm.

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Your light

Once we receive your donation(s), you will be sent your special tribute card which will include your loved one’s name(s). For dedications received by Wednesday 24 November, as well as being added to our online Remembrance Wall, your loved one’s name will also appear in our virtual Book of Remembrance, which will be available to view on this page from Sunday 5 December.

Festival of Light at home

For anyone unable to join us at the hospice, we would love you to celebrate with us and light a candle at home on Sunday 5 December. A video of the light switch on will be available for you to view on this page and our Facebook page at 6pm. We have also created a range of downloadable resources for you to create your own event at home.

Downloadable resources


50 years of St Luke's

St Luke’s has come a long way in the 50 years it has been caring for terminally ill people in Sheffield, thanks to the support of people like you. Your support can make a difference to families like Jess and Dave.

For Dave Stewart, Festival of Light is an important way to honour the memory of his wife, Jess, after he proposed on Christmas Day 2020 when Jess was in her final stages of her battle against cancer.


Service of Celebration and Remembrance

Our Service of Celebration and Remembrance usually takes place at Sheffield Cathedral the week after Festival of Light. This year, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone our Sheffield Cathedral service but in its place, we will have a special Service of Celebration and Remembrance video to share with you, to offer a shared moment of reflection.

You will be able to view a live video stream of the service on this webpage on Sunday 12 December 2021. We look forward to being able to welcome you back to the Sheffield Cathedral in 2022.

Jess and Dave

Henry Boot Festival of Light 2021 is proudly supported by Henry Boot