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St Clare Hospice ready to Light Up A Life

Charity / Fri 27th Oct 2017 at 10:54am

Light Up

ST Clare Hospice is preparing to come together to celebrate the lives of family, friends and loved ones – along with hundreds of local people – at a series of eight Light Up A Life services over the festive season, two of which are being held in Hastingwood, near Harlow.

Two events are being held at the Hospice in Hastingwood along with six other services across the St Clare catchment area. The Hospice services, on Wednesday 13th December at 7:00pm and Saturday 16th December at 4:30pm, will include heartfelt readings and uplifting music. The highlight of the hospice events is the lighting of the beautiful tree – with each light representing the life and memory of someone dear, made through a personal dedication.

Light Up A Life services give everyone, whether they have a personal connection with St Clare or not, a very special way to remember those who will be missed over the festive period and to honour their memory in a very personal way.

Sarah Thompson, Chief Executive of St Clare Hospice, extended the invitation to the services to the whole of the charity’s local community: “St Clare has been bringing warmth and love to the lives of people across West Essex and the borders of East Hertfordshire for more than 25 years. The care and support we offer does not end when someone dies, and our Light Up A Life services are just one of the ways we continue to support people when they need it most.”

“I warmly invite everyone in our local towns to join with us for one of our Light Up A Life services – whether that is at the Hospice, at a service near your home, or a simple period of reflection in your own home. The events are so special, and offer precious time to pause and remember those close to our hearts, in the company of others who understand.”

New for 2017, St Clare has launched an online Light Up A Life Book of Remembrance. This allows you to put the name of your loved one and a short personal message into the Online Book, and if you wish, to make an online donation to the hospice charity. You can also tell us which service you are planning to attend. Visit the dedicated webpage to make your dedication: www.stclarememorybook.org.uk

Please note that all dedication requests must be received by the Hospice no later than Tuesday 21st November to allow sufficient time to process them in advance of the services.

The dates and times of all eight services are:

Sunday 12th November – All Saints Parish Church, Ashdon, Saffron Walden @ 4:00pm
Thursday 30th November – The Abbey Church, Waltham Abbey @ 7:00pm
Saturday 2nd December – Methodist Church, Loughton @ 7:00pm
Thursday 7th December – St Martin’s Church, Chipping Ongar @ 4:30pm
Tuesday 12th December – St John’s the Baptist Church, Epping @ 7:00pm
Wednesday 13th December – St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood @ 7:00pm
Saturday 16th December – St Clare Hospice, Hastingwood @ 4:30pm
Date and location TBC – Great Dunmow

You can let the Hospice know which service you are planning to attend through the webpage or by phoning the event organisers on 01279 773750.

Check the St Clare website to find your nearest service: www.stclarehospice.org/lightupalife

Just like St Clare Hospice’s care, participation in Light Up A Life is free of charge. However, if you would like to make a donation alongside your loved one’s dedication, it would be so appreciated by the patients and their families. With very limited funding from the NHS, St Clare relies heavily on the support of local people.

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