Firefly Appeal

Dedicate a light on a Firefly on our beautiful outdoor display and celebrate the life of somebody special. With each light, you’ll be helping more local patients and their families through the most difficult of times.

Last year we had our first Firefly event. Seeing so many Fireflies all glowing together, each one honouring a life, was a very moving sight for all those who came to see the installation, set in our beautiful Hospice woodland.

There’s no fixed amount we ask for a light on a Firefly; Perhaps, you can choose an amount that’s most appropriate for you? Whatever you can give to support our patients and their families as you dedicate your special light on a Firefly will be hugely appreciated.

This year, we would like as many people as possible to dedicate their own light on a Firefly – and then to join us for the opening celebrations on 22 and 24 September 2022.

We would all be delighted if your light, shining out in honour of your loved one, could be there.

“When I go and sit amongst the Fireflies, I feel Jo’s there with me, her twinkling light beside me.” – Sue, Family Member

Our display, designed by artist Bruce Munro, is named Putuwa – an Aboriginal word meaning ‘to warm one’s hands over a fire and then take the hand of another person’. Each light represents the life and soul of a loved one – a light that will keep on shining. Watching the glistening Fireflies dancing in the night sky connects us to those special people who are no longer here – and to one another.  Thank you for being a great friend to Dorothy House and we hope to see you in the woodland this September.

 

Additional information

Firefly sponsors are welcome to visit the grounds to see the Fireflies from 20 September, Monday to Saturday, between 10am–5pm. Visitors must sign in at Main Reception upon arrival.

How to find your light

You’ll be able to use the map we send you to find your own special light. These gatherings of local people, all of whom share the experience of a loved one dying, are offered free of charge; and we’ll send you all the event details when you dedicate a light. We’d love to see you there but, if you can’t make it, please be assured that you will be welcome to come and visit the Firefly Woods at any time after the launch events.

Terms, conditions and information
  • Please note there are some uneven surfaces when entering the woods, so please take extra care.
  • In giving a gift, you’ll be dedicating your own special light on our Firefly display for one year – at which point our team will contact you to ask if you would like to renew for a further year.
  • If you know our Firefly Woods and have a favoured spot, please do let us know by calling 01225 721 480 and we’ll do our best to ensure you’re wishes are met.
  • You will find all the event details on the Eventbrite link we’ll send you when you dedicate a light..
Firefly Woods Celebration - September 2022

22 and 24 September 2022, 7pm-8pmDorothy HouseWinsleyBradford-on-Avon BA15 2LE

Come together to celebrate the special lives of those gone, but never forgotten.

This summer, we hope you’ll join our Firefly Woods Celebration, where local families will come together to honour those we love who have died.

Each light represents the life and soul of a loved one – a light that will keep on shining. Watching the glistening Fireflies dancing in the night sky connects us to those special people who are no longer here – and to one another. 

This will be our second annual Fireflies event – and we hope it will be just as beautiful as the first. You are invited to arrive at Dorothy House Hospice Grounds at 7pm, where you’ll be greeted by Hospice staff. Two short speeches will then be given by members of the Dorothy House team.

As the sun sets, you can wander around the woodland and use the map we’ll send to you to visit the spot of your special Firefly light; please make sure you bring your map along with you. The evening will be accompanied by the beautiful notes of a harpist and there will be some light refreshments. The event will finish at 8pm.

Sign up to the Firefly Woods event here!