Hundreds come together for St Clare Hospice Light Up A Life

Charity / Tue 19th Dec 2017 at 06:54pm

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AROUND 300 people came together to celebrate the lives of friends and loved ones at a Christmas carol and remembrance service held at St Clare Hospice on Saturday 16th December.

The Hastingwood-based charity held a series of eight ‘Light up a Life’ services across the festive season, starting on 12th November in Saffron Walden and culminating with the service at the Hospice itself on 16th December. The services took place as part of their Light Up A Life festive fundraising appeal which has so far raised over £25,000 for the West Essex and East Herts charity. That is enough to fund the charity’s Hospice at Home service for over 2 weeks.

‘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, welcomed visitors at the Hospice’s service and said:

“It was a privilege to welcome our patients, supporters and their families and friends to our Light up a Life service. Around 300 people gathered with the whole St Clare family to remember their loved ones in a special and uplifting way. The heartfelt readings and wonderful music from Harlow’s Salvation Army Band and the Harlow Chorus added to a very special service. We offer our sincere thanks to Rabbi Jason Demant, the chaplain of St Francis Hospice, who very kindly led the service for us. And thank you to the hundreds of people who came to celebrate with us over the past weeks – at the services held all across our local communities.”

Mrs Thompson said: “We know that Christmas time can be one of the most difficult times to lose a loved one. Many of us may be facing our first Christmas without a loved one, and others may be facing the prospect of their last precious Christmas with someone. Participating in the Light up a Life service offers a way to remember and celebrate the lives of those who we love, but can no longer see, in the company of others who understand.”

“The highlight of the event was the lighting of our beautiful tree – with each light representing the life and memory of someone dear. Each guest then placed their lighted candle under the tree in a moving gesture of love and remembrance for those they have lost.”

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