MANVERS Lake will be transformed by a display of floating lights as part of a new fundraiser from Bluebell Wood.
The event offers the chance for supporters to celebrate someone who has brightened their lives by dedicating a candle-lit lantern.
The Light up the Lake appeal culminates with the poignant ceremony as the sun sets at Manvers Lake, Wath, on Saturday, July 17.
Among those making a donation and paying tribute will be Jody and Ben Wigfull-Coy, who will dedicate their lantern to daughter Beau Matilda.
Their “little miracle” was small enough to fit in the palm of her dad’s hand when she arrived at 23 weeks. She battled for survival for two weeks before drawing her last breath in their arms.
“We were able to stay with Beau that night as they took her off life support,” said Jody. “We both held her as she passed away. It was the first time we’d been able to hold her.
“Bluebell Wood helped us to make sense of everything. We had all kinds of emotions going on and, without sounding too cliched, the hospice saved us.”
The North Anston charity provided counselling and bereavement support.
“We’ve done things that we never thought we’d have to do,” added Jody. “We registered Beau’s birth and death at the same appointment.
“We don’t have the same photos that other people have, the same memories. But we do have a daughter. Bluebell Wood have helped us put that together in our minds.”
Samantha Wood, the charity’s head of fundraising, said: “It’s been one of the toughest years we’ve ever faced as a charity from a fundraising perspective.
“That’s why we’re very excited about our first ever Light up the Lake appeal, which will be the perfect way to reflect and remember while celebrating and paying tribute to the special people in our lives.
“So please do join us for what promises to be a breathtaking and moving display as we Light up the Lake under the setting sun.”
Visit www.bluebellwood.org/lake or call 01909 508103 for more information.