Christmas is a time of love, of joy, and of hope. It signifies the end of another year and offers a chance to reflect and to make wishes for the year ahead. Usually it’s filled with family and laughter, gifts and food; it’s a time of happiness and celebration. Christmas isn’t always easy for everyone though, especially for those feeling the loss of a presence in the room or those who are sick and struggling. Working alongside Macmillan Cancer Support, npower filled the night sky above London’s Southbank yesterday evening with messages of love to not only raise all important funds, but to spread the Christmas spirit and remind those who are grieving or suffering that there is hope. I went down to the Observation Deck to send my own message and to watch the sky light up and, despite the fact I couldn’t feel my own hands, it was a really beautiful occasion that made me feel all warm and festive inside.
Light Sky was opened just after five o’clock by Britain’s Got Talent judge, Amanda Holden, who looked very festive in a red two piece. She sent the first message into the sky; a dedication to her Papa who they lost to Alzheimers this year, and without whom Christmas will not quite be the same. When Amanda had explained the event to her young daughter, five year old Hollie exclaimed that the messages were being sent straight up to heaven.
When it was time to send my own message I decided to write something to put a smile on everybody’s faces and to remind us all that Christmas isn’t just about the food, the presents and the mulled wine, but about spirit and kindness. I think we could all probably be a little kinder to one another now and then, and the Light Sky event was a worthy reminder that we don’t always know what pain or suffering someone else might be struggling with behind closed doors.
Head down to the Southbank tonight (Friday 1st December) to add your own message, or if you’d like to support Macmillan, you can visit npower’s donation page and find out more about the Light Sky initiative.
This post is sponsored by Npower. All imagery and words are my own.