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Dedicate a light in memory of loved ones

Hundreds of twinkling lights will be lit in memory and celebration of loved ones at a range of moving hospice services this winter.

In the weeks leading to Christmas, there will be six St Richard’s Hospice Lights of Love services or events – offering the community a place to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

The first two services will be held at Worcester Cathedral on Friday 22nd November at 2.30pm and 7pm.

The evening service will be followed by a procession to St Andrew’s Spire where a Christmas tree will be illuminated, full of dedicated lights of love.

Services will then be held at the Pershore Abbey on Thursday, 28th November; Droitwich Spa Methodist Church on Wednesday, 4th December; Great Malvern Priory on Tuesday, 10th December and Carols at St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester on Thursday, 19th December.

Claire James, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “These moving, community services are deeply comforting for the people who attend. Many people joining the services have had family or friends cared for by the hospice.

“We find each service unites people in their shared experience of missing a loved one, while providing support and solace through lighting a candle and taking time to reflect.

“Last year, more than 2,600 names were dedicated and £55,134 was raised to help support our specialist care to people living with a serious progressive illness, their families and bereaved people across Worcestershire. We are so grateful for the continued support of the community.”

Anyone is welcome to dedicate a light in memory or celebration of a loved one and attend a Lights of Love service if they wish – not simply those who have a connection to St Richard’s.

The dedicated names will be displayed around St Andrew’s Spire and in books of remembrance at Worcester Cathedral, Pershore Abbey, Great Malvern Priory and Droitwich Library.

Supporters can dedicate and donate online with the added benefit of their personal message being displayed on the St Richard’s online Christmas tree.

If you would like to make a dedication please go online to: www.strichards.org.uk/lightsoflove or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 958262.

Lights of Love is kindly sponsored by Fisher German.