MORE than 1,000 people attended the tenth annual St Wilfrid’s House Light up a Life service, held at Chichester Cathedral.
The service is a chance for people to come together, remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones and pay tribute to the dedication of the hospice teams.
During the service, the lights of the cathedral Christmas tree were switched on by sisters Becca and Danielle Lawrence, whose family has been supported by St Wilfrid’s.
Chief executive, Alison Moorey said: “It is a reflective, yet uplifting occasion and it was very fitting that our tenth service attracted the highest number of people yet. The service provides an opportunity for comfort and quiet contemplation, and the numbers this year show there is a clear need for a service of this kind.”
The service included carols and readings by hospice staff, including psychosocial team manager Susie Norton, clinical nurse specialist Lorraine Emery and head of fundraising Avril Robinson. There were also readings from hospice chaplain The Rev. Brenda Waters and lead chaplain Canon Nick Fennemore.
Before the service, people were given the opportunity to write a personal dedication on a special memory card and light a candle in memory of a loved one.