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Dedicating lights in memory of loved ones

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Treetops Hospice is inviting people to dedicate a light in memory of loved ones as part of its annual Light Up a Life event.

The Risley hospice is encouraging people to make an online dedication in a loved one’s name to shine as a light on its Christmas tree, which will be switched on during a virtual service, which will take place on Sunday 5 December.

Among those who will be dedicating a light is the family of Stephanie Rosso, who was inspirational in setting up the multicultural centre in Normanton.

Stephanie, who was affectionately known as ‘Stevie’, was an active member of two local choirs and an advocate for women’s rights. She was cared for by the Treetops Hospice at Home nursing team right up until her death.

Daughter Aimee said: “Mum was an amazing, inspirational woman and wherever she went, she made an impact. She was brilliant and always encouraged us.

“The nurses didn’t just help with mum, they helped with all of us. It’s horrific watching your loved one deteriorate in front of you and frightening if you’ve never been through that before. We had never had anyone explain what end of life exactly was.

“Towards the very end, when mum started to go in and out of consciousness, the nurses sat with us, calmed us down and explained everything that was happening, so we were prepared for her final days.

“It was mum that was dying, not us, but the Treetops nurses looked after me and the family and helped us through everything.

“We wouldn’t have been able to get through it without them being there.”

Julie Heath, chief executive at Treetops, said: “Grieving those who have died is always difficult. Light Up a Life is an opportunity for us all to take a few moments to remember someone special in our lives, reflect on the happier times we’ve shared and watch as the lights on our tree shine in their memory.

“We hope as many people as possible from across the city, county and further afield can join us online and see their dedication lights shine on Sunday 5 December.”

To dedicate a light or for more details about the virtual service, go to or call 0115 949 1264.

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