Events involve music and a faith element, and local hospices invite people in their areas to make donations and dedicate lights to the memory of loved ones. National hospice support charity Help the Hospices is running the first national advertising and PR campaign to promote the appeal. A website, www.lightupa life.org, allows supporters to make donations and light virtual candles by adding the names of loved ones and other messages to the site. The site, designed by Engage, also lets visitors search for local Light Up a Life events.
Leukaemia Research aims to raise £70,000 this Christmas by selling silver and red glitter stars in Argos stores for a suggested donation of £1 each.
The National Society for Epilepsy has unveiled two fundraising initiatives for Christmas. Caring2Give gifts fund music therapy sessions. Share a Card encourages workplaces to apply for free Christmas cards and get staff to donate the money that they would have spent on other cards.
Marie Curie Cancer Care will partner with Do Crafts, a UK website for craft enthusiasts, in 2008. People will be encouraged to make cards to be sold in Marie Curie Shops for £1.
The Mayhew Animal Home is staging Christmas readings on 13 December to raise money. Celebrities including actors Liz Smith and Andrew Sachs will read poems and stories at St Mary Abbots Church Hall, Kensington, west London, from 6.30 to 9pm. Tickets are £45.