Doncaster's Covid victims to be remembered with Christmas lights display

Doncaster’s hospitals will sparkle again this Christmas with the return of special festive star illuminations to remember the town's Covid victims and NHS heroes.

Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 9:04 am

Health professionals at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital are planning for their buildings to shine with starlight this December, in tribute to the efforts of NHS heroes throughout the year, as well as in memory of those sadly lost to COVID-19.

A variety of stars, of all shapes and sizes, are now available to sponsor in time for the festive period.

The illuminations will be safely secured to the buildings which make up local hospitals within the area, each bearing a special message from their respective sponsor. At night, they will begin to shine, filling the immediate area with seasonal starlight.

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Doncaster's hospitals will once again be lit up with festive stars.

Last year over 60 local businesses, organisations and families got involved, each donating anywhere from £300 to £1,500 to sponsor a star, and in the process raising over £30,000 which has been directly reinvested into patient care, treatment and facilities at the Trust.

Richard Parker OBE, Chief Executive at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “Last year we were utterly amazed by the support this campaign has generated, and we are hoping for similar in 2021. Those who saw the display in 2020 will agree how fantastic our hospitals looked, and, given the past 12 months, it will be a lovely tribute to those NHS heroes amongst us, as well as a mark of respect to those who have sadly passed.

“The kindness shown to the Trust, and the wider NHS, throughout the past few months has been humbling. So please, if you wish to go above and beyond for your local hospitals, think about sponsoring a star this December. Your donation, big, small or somewhere in between is hugely appreciated.”

Sponsors last year included a number of generous local families, individuals and schools, as well as number of local businesses.

Many of last year’s sponsors have committed to supporting the campaign again and stars are expected to sell out fast.

If you wish to sponsor a star, please contact [email protected] for more information or head to: https://www.dbth.nhs.uk/charity/our-charity-campaigns/christmas-stars/