Huddersfield Giants’ star Luke Robinson has pledged his support for this years’ Light Up a Life appeal at Elland’s Overgate Hospice.
Luke, who will be dedicating his light to his Uncle David who sadly passed away five years ago, is keen to raise awareness of the appeal and its value at this special time of year.
This year’s appeal will be launched with a service at 2pm on Sunday at Halifax Minster.
Luke, of Sowerby Bridge, said: “‘Although loved ones never leave our thoughts, Christmas is a time that you are more aware that a loved one is absent. Light Up a Life is a fantastic way to celebrate the lives of those loved ones who are no longer here.
“The light on the tree is a perfect symbol of the light that our loved ones leave behind in our hearts, and that they will all be lit together”.
He added: “As a sportsman being part of a team gives a sense of belonging and acts as a support network during difficult times. Anyone who will be missing someone this Christmas could help both themselves and their community by being a part of the Overgate Light Up a Life appeal. ’
Luke visited the Hospice and saw a little of the invaluable work that the staff and volunteers do each and every day. “Overgate Hospice is such an important place. Without this great organisation the Calderdale community would be left without a source of support for those suffering from life-limiting illness and their families.’
Hospice fundraiser Lauren Barber said; ‘It is great to have the support of someone so well respected in our community and we are extremely grateful to Luke for taking the time to talk to us about the Light Up a Life appeal and why it is important to him.’
The tree lighting ceremony will take place at Overgate Hospice from 4pm on Sunday, December 7.
To dedicate a light please visit http://lightup.overgatehospice.orh.uk