[dropcap cap="S"]elling lights for special occasions and loved ones in St Elli Shopping Centre. Let's push the Festival of Light Ty Bryngwyn Hospice appeal through the £100,000 barrier. The total raised over the past 11 years stands at £86,000.[/dropcap] More than 100,000 lights will burst into life following the 11th annual Festival of Light service at the centre at 6.30pm on Monday, November 15. Every twinkling light will have a special meaning to someone.
Hospice events co-ordinator, Audrey Jenkins, of Bryn Road, Llanelli: "Most people who buy a light for £5 want do so in memory of someone loved they have lost, more often than not to cancer. Others do so to celebrate birth or achievements."
"There are some moving experiences people talk about quite openly when they visit us and I can relate to them."
" I lost my husband, David, at the young age of 56, and my sister whom I miss so much died of cancer. When you have experienced this illness it makes you realise how important the hospice and its dedicated professional staff are to both the patient and the families. The hospice is a real triumph to the people of Llanelli and district."
"Public generosity is magnificent. They have helped build a palliative care service of which we can all be proud. But we need to continue raising funds to maintain the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice standards of excellence."
The Festival of Light was sparked by a letter from Pembrey resident Kathleen Davies in 1999 and within two months the first festival raised more than £12,000. Unfortunately in that first year, the tree and lights in the then Sunken Gardens were vandalised.
St Elli Shopping centre managers Gilmore Jones and Andrew Stephens came to the rescue providing an indoor home for the festival.
Mrs Jenkins said: "It is going to take a super human effort but with the ever faithful support of the public and Star readership support we hope to burst through the £100,000 barrier this year."