Festival set to light up the festive season for charity

People will once again come together to light up Llanelli town centre as a tribute to loved ones.

The 16th annual Festival of Light event is set to take place on November 16 this year [2015].

The emotional evening at the St Elli Centre sees a tree of lights lit over the shops with each sponsored in memory of a loved one.

During the evening, which starts from 6.30pm, groups including Cor Curiad, Cor Meibion and the Salvation Army Band will perform fitting pieces for the crowd.

While the Reverend David Jones will officiate, and councillor Sue Phillips will give a reading in Welsh.

Star editor Rebecca Davies will also be giving a reading during the night.

With the evening's main event, the lighting of the tree, is being carried out by Derek Quinnell, on behalf of the Ray Gravell and Friends Charitable Trust.

The event is being organised by the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice fundraising committee to raise as much money as possible for the specialist Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.

Organiser and Star award winner Audrey Jenkins said: "We are looking forward to the event once again this year. The people I work with are very supportive every year. We always make a big effort."

"We would encourage everyone to support us again as this is so worthwhile and needed in the town."

Last year's Festival of Light raised around £6,270 with £120,000 raised in total over the years for the hospice and its facilities.

This year the event is getting a boost thanks to the Star, which has named Ty Bryngwyn its charity of the year.

Funds raised will enable the hospice to create specialist facilities to cater to the increasing number of younger people being cared for at Ty Bryngwyn.

Plans are currently being drawn up for a new room, which would feature wifi connectivity.

The converted room will cost the hospice £50,000. Fundraising for the event will be kick started at the Festival of Light launch event at the St Elli Centre on October 12 [2015].

Every Monday and Thursday a stall will be set up outside the precinct by Burger King from 9.30am to 3pm to allow people to purchase a light.

St Elli's centre manager Andrew Stephens said: "We are always extremely proud to be involved with and to host this important event."

"Each one of the lights lit on the night is sponsored by people in our community and the most unforgettable part is the lighting of the memory tree."

Article reproduced by kind permission of the Llanelli Star