Light­ing up lives at tree cer­e­mony

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to know that such a pos­i­tive, car­ing place ex­ists.

“The sheer re­lief of know­ing she was here, be­ing cared for bril­liantly both phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally, was in­cred­i­ble. We knew she couldn’t be in a bet­ter place and know­ing she was be­ing cared for so well meant we could be her fam­ily again in­stead of her car­ers.”

Light Up a Life gives ev­ery mem­ber of the com­mu­nity who has lost a loved one the chance to ded­i­cate a light to them and re­mem­ber the life they shared to­gether.

Soloist Natalie Spence sang mov­ing ren­di­tions of The Way You Look Tonight and Shower The Peo­ple in mem­ory of her grand­mother, Bar­bara Clark, 84, who died at the hospice in Septem­ber.

The Hospice’s CEO Steve Jamieson said: “I hope peo­ple felt uplifted and strength­ened by shar­ing their mem­o­ries. I’d like to thank ev­ery­one for com­ing. I’m also very grate­ful to ev­ery­one who has con­trib­uted to our Light Up a Life Ap­peal, which will help pay for the £4.8 mil­lion a year it costs to pro­vide our free ser­vices.”

The hospice would also like to thank Ash­lyns School for pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional park­ing, Berkham­sted School vol­un­teers for serv­ing mulled wine, soup and mince pies, lo­cal schools for pro­vid­ing minibuses, The Hemel Hemp­stead Brass Band and ev­ery­one else who sup­ported the event.

If you would like to ded­i­cate a free star in mem­ory of a loved one or make a do­na­tion to the hospice’s Light Up a Life Ap­peal visit www. stfran­cis.org.uk/ligh­tu­pal­ife or call 01442 869 555.

Green­finches are adept at crack­ing seeds

Andy Fair­burn

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