Sunday 1st December witnessed the first Lights of Love event at the hospice this year. Family and friends gathered to remember loved ones who had been helped by the work of the hospice in their final days.

David Scott-Ralphs introduced the event that included reflective readings, poems and the Goldmans’ choir. The choir led the gathering in some Christmas carols as well as entertaining us with songs from musicals.

As part of the event, the hospice Christmas tree was lit. The tree was adorned with hundreds of memory doves each bearing the name of someone who had been cared for through the work of the hospice.

A moving highlight was when Donna Leek, shared the story of her husband, Martyn’s, care in the hospice (You can read more about their story here - Why Lights of Love?).

Martin was just 43 when he died. Still, Donna told movingly of movie nights in Martin’s room in the IPU, renewing their wedding vows and having youngest son baptised at St Wilfrid’s. 

She spoke of how all the staff were so supportive and helpful. Donna then lit the memory candle on behalf of all those remembering loved ones.

The event closed with guests enjoying time together sharing mulled wine (or tea/coffee) and mince pies along with their memories.

There are several more celebrations planned in the next week or so. We hope you are able to attend one of these celebrations - you can find more details of the events here.