Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Hospice service honours memories of loved ones
The people of Monklands came together to celebrate the lives of their loved ones during the annual St Andrew’s Hospice Light Up a Life service.
The popular event, which took place in the hospice’s grounds in Airdrie, offered the community a chance to reflect and remember those they have lost.
There was also an opportunity to dedicate a light on the hospice’s Christmas tree, or a Christmas tree throughout Lanarkshire, in memory, or in honour, of a loved one.
This year, the hospice’s Christmas tree lights were switched on by Claire Barrie and Collette O’neil, who were there to remember their mum Carol, who was cared for at the hospice in 2018.
In addition to the lighting of the Christmas tree, the service featured readings from hospice staff and trustees as well as musical performances from the choir at Coatbridge’s St Ambrose High School, Martin Aelred and piper Greg Stewart.
Lorna Mccafferty, trusts, legacy and individual giving manager at the hospice, told the Advertiser: “Our thanks go to North and South Lanarkshire councils, Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire and Mears for supporting Light Up a Life.
“Thank you also to everyone who played a part in the service and our fantastic volunteers who gave their time on a cold Sunday evening to help put on this special event.”
The service, which was also live streamed on the night, is available to watch on the hospice’s Youtube channel.
Lanarkshire residents can still dedicate a light on the hospice’s virtual Christmas tree in honour, or in memory, of a loved one by visiting https://www.st-andrewshospice.com/light-up-a-life-2021/