One Love con­cert choir to star at hospice event

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MEM­BERS of the Parrs Wood High School Choir, who per­formed at the One Love Manch­ester con­cert with Ari­ana Grande ear­lier this year, will be singing at a spe­cial ser­vice at Manch­ester Cathe­dral this De­cem­ber.

The choir will join hun­dreds of peo­ple from across Greater Manch­ester at the St Ann’s Light up a Life ser­vice on De­cem­ber 3, as part of the hospice’s an­nual ap­peal.

This year, the hospice will also be pay­ing trib­ute to those who lost their lives in the ter­ror at­tack at Manch­ester Arena, by in­clud­ing a light on their spe­cial Christ­mas tree in mem­ory of each of the vic­tims.

Ea­monn O’Neal, chief ex­ec­u­tive of St Ann’s Hospice, ex­plained: “Thou­sands of peo­ple have taken part in the Light up a Life ap­peal over the last twenty one years by ded­i­cat­ing an in­di­vid­ual light on one of our Christ­mas trees across Greater Manch­ester in hon­our of their loved one.

“As a Manch­ester char­ity, we were all deeply af­fected by the tragic events that took place at Manch­ester arena, as was ev­ery­one across this amaz­ing city.

“It was heart-break­ing, and this year we also wanted to pay trib­ute to those who trag­i­cally lost their lives on that ter­ri­ble evening. We’ll be in­clud­ing 22 lights on the tree to show that ev­ery­one at St Ann’s is think­ing of each of them and their fam­i­lies.

“The Light up a Life ser­vices are al­ways re­ally mov­ing and it’s in­cred­i­ble to see the lights on our trees and to know that each one rep­re­sents some­one very spe­cial.

“It’s over­whelm­ing and hum­bling re­ally and it’s some­thing that staff, vol­un­teers and our sup­port­ers al­ways see as an im­por­tant part of the hospice’s cal­en­dar of events.

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Parrs Wood High School Choir for agree­ing to sing this year and to the other choirs and speak­ers that will be at­tend­ing the other Light up a Life ser­vices in De­cem­ber, at the Cathe­dral and our hospice sites in Lit­tle Hul­ton and Heald Green. There is also a spe­cial ser­vice at St Peter’s Church in Hale.”

St Ann’s Hospice op­er­ates from three sites in Lit­tle Hul­ton, Heald Green and the Neil Cliffe Cen­tre in Wythen­shawe Hos­pi­tal, look­ing af­ter thou­sands of pa­tients ev­ery year with can­cer and other life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses – man­ag­ing their symp­toms, pro­vid­ing sup­port, car­ing for peo­ple at the hospice or at home and pro­vid­ing end of life care.

●●St Ann’s nurses Sarah Thor­ley and Fiona Troup at last year’s ser­vice in Manch­ester Cathe­dral

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