Remembering those we have lost
Annual Light up a Life service held by South Bucks Hospice
Television star Pauline Quirke was special guest and gave an emotional reading of Hold On, a Pueblo Indian Prayer.
She said afterwards: “Everyone was really moved by the night. The hospice does such fantastic work.”
About 60 to 70 people attended the Light Up A Life service on Friday (December 11) at the hospice in High Wycombe.
These ranged from patients, friends and dignitaries.
The gathering allowed people to hang handwritten, dedicated ornaments from a Christmas tree in remembrance of loved ones.
There were readings, blessings, lighting of candles and hymns.
The Chiltern Music Academy Choir performed Amazing Grace.
Chairman of Chiltern District Council Mimi Harker OBE, who was one of the guests, also had an extra special reason to attend the memorial.
The sister of her husband Robin had died aged 58 earlier in the year from lung cancer.
She said: “For us, it was particularly poignant because we only lost Robin’s sister Sheena in June and it is our first Christmas without her. It was an opportunity to remember her, think about her and hope she is happy where she is.”
Chairman of South Bucks District Council Duncan Smith said: “It was a very moving night.”
Special guests also included the High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire Francesca Skelton and chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council Bill Chapple.
Chairman of trustees at South Bucks Hospice Dr Michael Bowker told the gathering about the charity’s new community hospice currently being built in Totteridge.
He said: “We are celebrating because we really have started our new build. This time next year, we hope we will be in our new building getting it ready to welcome people to improve their lives as they face their last days.”
Chief executive of the hospice Jo Woolf said: “This is a very important annual event for us. Over the years, our dedicated staff and our remarkable team of volunteers have seen many patients come and then go. Yet none are forgotten, as each human is a truly unique light. Our patients leave us with wonderful memories and they inspire us with their courage, humour and compassion. We find that they have left their light and courageous energy in our hospice.”
For more information on the event or the hospice visit www. sbh.org.uk or call 01494 537 775.
Top, hospice chief executive Jo Woolf with trustees. Above, of Bucks County Council chairman Bill Chapple with Pauline Quirke