Recovery Haven Invitation To Switching On Of ‘Haven Of Light’ Christmas Tree

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Anna Chute will switch on the ‘Haven of Light’ Christmas tree.

RECOVERY Haven Kerry is extending a warm invitation to their clients, volunteers and the general public to join them for the official switching on of their ‘Haven of Light’ Christmas Tree this Friday night, December 8, at 7.30pm.

The symbolic event will take place at the charity’s cancer support house at 5 Haig’s Terrace, Tralee and will offer people the opportunity to sponsor a light in honour of loved ones who are currently on their cancer journey or those have sadly lost their fight.

Nine-year-old Anna Chute from The Spa has been given the honour of switching on the lights following her heart-warming donation of handmade bookmarks to the charity a few weeks ago, while renowned entertainer Mark Leen will add even more festive spirit to the occasion as he performs a selection of Christmas carols.

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Recovery Haven manager, Siobhan McSweeney, explained that the theme of the occasion is that of hope – not only for those who are currently dealing with cancer, but also those trying to cope with the loss of a loved one.

“Christmas time is full of glitter, wrapping and carols but can also highlight the challenges and difficulties people may be dealing with for whatever reason. Recovery Haven is there to support those individuals and their families dealing with cancer and every day we witness people’s resilience and strength,” she said.

“Our tree – our Haven of Light – is all about hope and we are delighted that this tree will be a symbol of hope in our community for whatever people are coping with.”

Siobhan also paid tribute to the members of the Ballymacelligott Community Employment Scheme and Kerry County Council who worked together to source, deliver and erect the impressive tree at Haig’s Terrace.

Those visiting the house on Friday night are invited to sponsor a light in honour of their loved ones, but those unable to attend can also support the initiative by dropping  into the house between here and Christmas or by donating online at

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