Re­mem­ber­ing those we have lost

An­nual Light up a Life ser­vice held by South Bucks Hospice

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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

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