Wakefield Hospice Light Up a Life services this weekend

Newspaper: Wakefield Express.'Story: Children have created a banner for the Wakefield light up for life service.'Photo date: 30/11/15'Picture Ref: AB548a1115
Newspaper: Wakefield Express.'Story: Children have created a banner for the Wakefield light up for life service.'Photo date: 30/11/15'Picture Ref: AB548a1115

Hundreds of supporters will join Wakefield Hospice for the annual Light up a Life services in December to celebrate the memory of their loved ones by dedicating a light on the Tree of Lights.

The Tree of Lights is decorated with hundreds of white lights which will be lit at each of the special Light up a Life dedication services.

The first service will be held at Wakefield Hospice on Friday, December 4 which will be led by hospice Chaplain, Rev Darren McClintock.

An ensemble from the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir will be singing carols at the service.

Three services will be held at Wakefield Cathedral on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6.

The Tree of Lights is lit at each service, this is a very poignant moment, when everyone joins together to remember their loved ones.

All the services are fully booked but there is still time to make a dedication in memory of a loved one.

A special Christmas card is sent to the supporter with the name of each dedication made.

Every name dedicated will appear in a book of Christmas Blessings, which will be available to view at each service and will remain on display by the Tree of Lights until January, 6 2016.

Children who have recently lost a parent, grandparent or someone very special to them at the hospice have made a banner as a tribute to their loved ones.

The banner will be carried by the children at the Cathedral services.

Sarah Nayler, bereavement services co-ordinator, said: “This time of year is especially difficult for children who have lost someone they love.

“Creating and carrying the banner on behalf of all children in this situation, allows the light of the lives of those who have been lost, to be remembered and shine on”.

Last year the Light up a Life appeal raised £35,000 and helped the hospice to care for and support patients and their families over Christmas.

For further information about the Light up a Life appeal and how you can dedicate a light people can contact Keeley Harrison at Wakefield Hospice on 01924 213900 or visit www.wakefieldhospice.org.