Hundreds of people have remembered their loved ones this December at four Light up a Life events organised by The Norfolk Hospice.

Sandringham Parish ChurchThey took place at Sandringham Parish Church, The Hospice in Hillington, King’s Lynn Minster, and St Edmunds Downham Market. The events enable families, friends, and supporters of the charity to spend time remembering and celebrating the lives of their loved ones in the lead up to Christmas. Hundreds more made a donation in memory to this year’s Light up a Life appeal, dedicated a light on the Hospice Christmas tree and have had their loved ones name entered into the Book of Remembrance.

The first event took place on Monday 4th December at Sandringham Parish Church. The service was led by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere with Sandringham Church Choir leading the carols accompanied by organist Derek Thomas. Over one hundred people attended in the intimate setting and lit candles in memory.

A second event at Hillington took place on Thursday 7th December.  During the evening the Hospice Christmas tree lights were illuminated in the courtyard, each one dedicated to someone special being remembered this Christmas. Someone viewing lights on a Christmas treeThroughout the evening guests listened carols sung by Hunstanton Community Choir and a poem narrated by Hospice volunteer, Peter Parker. The Hospice Christmas tree, which is on display in the reception, provided a place for people to hang stars with personal messages to those being remembered.

The final two events took place on Sunday 10th December at King’s Lynn Minster and St Edmunds, Downham Market. The Mayor of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, Councillor Carol Bower and her husband Mr Simon Bower, were amongst the large congregation at The Minster with the service led by The Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory with the Rt Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn leading the reflection. The service at St Edmunds, led by Father James Mather, had a slightly smaller congregation than usual due to the snowfall, but was still a beautiful service with lots of candles lit in memory.

Louise Clark, Bereavement Co-ordinator said,

Christmas is a happy time for many people, but it can also be a difficult time for those who are missing someone special. Our events provide important time to reflect and remember which is extremely valuable to all those who attended.

To find out more about Light up a Life or to arrange a time to view the Hospice Christmas tree which is decorated with the special stars please call the Fundraising Team on 01485 601701.

A person holding a candle in front of a Christmas tree

Candles lit in memory