Up­lift­ing event lights up lives

Hospice’s re­mem­brance cer­e­mony

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MORE than 340 peo­ple at­tended a mov­ing cer­e­mony to light up the lives of loved ones at a spe­cial hospice event.

The an­nual Michael So­bell Hospice Light up a Life event is a chance for peo­ple to come to­gether and re­mem­ber those they have lost – whether they re­ceived care at the hospice or not.

Marked with poignant read­ings by staff, the non-re­li­gious cer­e­mony was also at­tended by the Mayor of Hilling­don, Cather­ine Dann, who has cho­sen to raise funds for the Rick­mansworth Road, North­wood, hospice dur­ing her may­oral year.

Some 35 mem­bers of the Le­mon Tues­day Choir sang a col­lec­tion of mov­ing songs be­fore guests held a minute’s si­lence and lit a can­dle in mem­ory of fam­ily mem­bers or friends.

The choir, Rick­mansworth, per­formed at the an­nu­ally since 2007.

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Martin Smith said: “We were de­lighted to be asked to per­form again. We are all aware of the great work of the hospice, even if we haven’t ex­pe­ri­enced it.

“It is a nice op­por­tu­nity for us to give back to the com­mu­nity and there is noth­ing nicer than singing from have event songs with emo­tional con­tent that the au­di­ence can re­late to.”

Can­dles were placed at the bot­tom of the hospice’s Light up a Life Tree, each glow­ing light rep­re­sent­ing the life of somebody dear.

The tree will stay lit un­til Jan­uary 5.

The cer­e­mony was an emo­tional but up­lift­ing event and was just one of more than 350 sim­i­lar events held at hos­pices na­tion­wide at this time of the year.

Peo­ple can also cel­e­brate the life of their loved ones by ded­i­cat­ing a star on the Light up a Life web­site, www.light-up-a-life.org. uk.

Those who do this are asked to make a small do­na­tion to the hospice which will go di­rectly to help­ing oth­ers who need the care and support pro­vided.

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