The Christmas tree lights were switched on at the main entrance of Luton & Dunstable University Hospital (L&D) yesterday evening in the ‘Light up a Life Ceremony’.
The event was attended by the Mayor of Luton Cllr Tahir Malik and the Town Mayor of Houghton Regis Cllr Martin Kennedy. Festive music was provided by Hadrians Academy School Choir.
The ‘Light up a Life Ceremony’ is an annual event held for staff, patients and members of the local community – many of whom buy a Christmas tree light as a gift, or in memory of a loved one.
Funds raised from buying a light on the tree help support the running costs of the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) parents’ accommodation.
Community Fundraiser Bianca-Lee John said: “We always like to end the year with a special celebration to say thank you to everyone who has supported us and we would like to wish our local community a very Happy Christmas and New Year. A special thank you to Jakins for donating the Christmas tree, Sainsbury’s Dunstable for providing refreshments, and the wonderful Hadrians Academy School Choir.”
She added, “We need to raise £15,000 a year to run our NICU parents’ accommodation facilities. This is a unique service that allows parents who have travelled from far away to stay close to their babies being cared for on the unit. These donations continue to allow us to provide this facility to families free of charge.”
If you would like to buy a light for the L&D Christmas tree please visit the L&D website
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford changes are being made to support services and we would now ask that, from Saturday 6 June 2020, you contact the wards using the direct lines found here.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.