Our Light up a Life service remembering and celebrating the lives of loved ones saw over 350 supporters gather in the Hospice Gardens on the evening of Saturday 6th December.
Hospice Chaplains Penny Stephens and Annie Blampied-Radojcin led a service of reading and carols, with those present lighting candles against the backdrop of a darkened sky in memory of a relative or friend. The service ended with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights. Afterwards, those present were able to attach a star inscribed with a relative’s name and personal message onto the tree. These names were also written into a book of remembrance. The congregation then mingled over mulled wine and mince pies, sharing stories and enjoying the support of others.
Leeann Wilmer, Relationship Fundraising Manager, said: “It is always wonderful to see so many of our supporters come together to remember loved ones at this time of year. Thank you to Pimms Farm who kindly donated the trees for the service and to the Henar McAuley from Kent College and the Salvation Army who provided musical accompaniment to help make the evening so special.”
Other Light up a Life services have been taking place throughout the local community. Funds raised at all of these events help to ensure that Hospice care is available for patients and their families, now and in the future.