Hope’s Christmas Lights Switch On 2019

Tonight, I went to the Christmas Light Switch On after work. I work at Our Place, and with the Open Day on there were lots of new faces around! A lot of people were asking me about the university, such as life in halls, settling in, and if I knew their course. One girl was looking at doing Primary Education, like me, and was worried about the admissions tests and interview – I told her it was nothing scary, and if you’re reading this then good luck!

One of my friends had a stall to do some fundraising for Global Hope, as she is going to Sri Lanka for three weeks in the summer to help an orphanage. To be able to do this she has to raise £1500, so had made some Christmas cards to sell. I was helping her run the stall, and then when 4pm came we all waited for the lights… We weren’t the only stall. The Christian Union were giving out candy canes to promote ‘The Greatest Gift: Christmas Carols’ at the University of Liverpool on Monday 9th. There was another stall selling stocking fillers and Christmas gifts, and of course there was a food truck. We got a German sausage and a hot chocolate which was lovely, and definitely needed when stood outside in the December cold! The snow globe photobooth was back from last year too, which went down a treat with students and families alike. With the brass band playing in the background, the atmosphere was perfect, and everyone was ready to see the lights!

Tony Hutchinson, Hollyoaks legend played by Nick Pickard was this year’s special guest and was around to take pictures before the light switch on, and obviously Santa made an appearance too! He said a few words before the countdown, which everyone joined in with! He pressed the button and the lights came on – the Eden building, the Lecture Theatre Complex, Gateway Building and even the fountain lit up! It was an amazing start to Christmas, with families visiting, raising money for charity and presents being sold alongside the music and lights, and the Christmas lights will be on for all to see until Christmas Day! If you couldn’t make it today, make sure you pop along down to Hope Park within the next two weeks; it really does look magical!

Have a good Christmas everybody!

Hannah Scowby – 2nd Year Primary Education

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