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Rich's boys excited about Wirral hospice lights switch-on
THE two young boys performing this year's Wirral Hospice St John's Light Up A Life switch-on in memory of their dad are appealing to Globe readers to support the event.
Tomas, aged six, and 11-year-old Louie Stiles, from Upton, will switch on the 6000 bulbs during a ceremony on December 1, starting at 5.30pm.
They are doing so in memory of dad Rich, who died at the hospice last September.
In a letter accompanying campaign leaflets for this year's appeal, Tomas wrote: "I am really excited about turning the Christmas lights on for my dad with my brother Louie.
"We miss are dad lots and lots because he made us laugh and brought us lots of sweets and new trainers.
"Are memories of are dad are that he was really hardworking with his digger and wagon, so we could go on nice holidays with him and mum.
"We all loved going in are caravan and on bike rides. Please light up a life for my daddy."
Mum Rachael told the Globe she was very proud of what the boys have been asked to do.
She said: "It's a great tribute to Rich and we feel very honoured to have been asked to take part.
"It's a daunting prospect, particularly for Tomas, but I’m sure they will enjoy it."
Rich was diagnosed with Pseudomyotonia Peritonis, a tumour affecting the stomach, 18 months ago.
He was treated at Christie's cancer hospital in Manchester and spent his final days at Wirral Hospice St Hospice.
Rachael, Tomas and Louie had put together a special book, which contained photographs and memories.
Paying tribute, Rachael, married to Richie for almost 10 years, said: "We had been together for 21 years.
"He was a great dad and great husband who would do anything for his children."
The appeal, now in its 19th year, raises much-needed funds for the Clatterbridge-based hospice, which is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.
It was launched in the Globe in September and so far around 450 people have sent in sponsorship coupons, featured in the paper, to the Clatterbridge-based hospice.
More than two thousand people watched last year's switch-on, which raised £90,000 for hospice running costs.
The lights are sponsored in the names of lost loved ones and will remain lit until twelfth night in January.
There will also be a special carol service at St James Church in New Brighton on Wednesday, December 4.
Tickets for this will be available in November. This year, the names of all those remembered will feature in a special keepsake order of service that will be available on the night of the December 1 switch-on.
The names of those honoured will feature in special books that will be on view from 5-7pm daily until Friday, December 6. To light up a light for a loved one simply fill out the coupon in this week's edition of the Globe.
You can also support the fundraising campaign by purchasing special pinbadges from the hospice.
Further details are from www.wirralhospice.org
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