Spalding's Light up a Life church service
Scores of people lit candles at a church service in memory of lost loved ones and helped raise money for the ongoing work of St Barnabas Hospice Lincolnshire.
The service at Spalding's St John the Baptist Church contributed to the £40,000-plus so far raised county-wide for the trust's Light up a Life campaign.
The Spalding service was led by the interim minister in charge at St John's, Bishop Rob Gillion.
As well as remembering lost loved ones, those attending were able to give thanks for the work of the hospice and reflect on the patients now being cared for and the dedication of staff.
Bishop Rob said: "One of the things the service does is bring people together who have lost loved ones - it gives them a sense of community and the understanding that we all share in the same grief.
"Also, in the lead up to Christmas, there was a real sense of hope and promise for the future, which was lovely."
Melissa Gaffney, event fundraiser at St Barnabas, said: "We welcomed around 60 people to our Spalding Light up a Life celebration, which was a reflective and comforting event.
"We sang hymns, heard readings and lit candles for our loved ones. I personally found it comforting to be in a room full of other people who understood what it’s like to cope with grief at Christmas time.
“I’d like to say a special thank you to volunteers, Mo (Scantlebury) and Bev (Davey), who put a lot of hard work into supporting this event and making sure they were there at the end to listen to any members of the public who needed that bit of extra support.”
The Light up a Life campaign will run until January and also gives people a chance to remember lost loved ones by dedicating a light or lights on Trees of Life across Lincolnshire.
There is a Tree of Life at the Spalding Day Therapy Centre, Jenny Freeman Lodge, 2 Clover Way, PE11 3GD.
People can dedicate a light in memory of their loved one online and then visit the Tree of Life to see it shining. They can also tie a message of love onto the tree.
Anyone can dedicate a light in memory of loved ones, regardless of whether they were cared for by the hospice or not.
To dedicate a light, please visit https://stbarnabashospice.co.uk/get-involved/donate/lual/
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