Loved ones who have died during Christmas period remembered at Norfolk Hospice’s Light Up A Life events

Lots of candles were lit at Downham Market St Edmunds on Sunday 10th December for the Light up a Lif

Lots of candles were lit at Downham Market St Edmunds on Sunday 10th December for the Light up a Life event. Photo: Norfolk Hospice - Credit: Norfolk Hospice

Hundreds of people remembered their loved ones this December at four Light Up A Life events organised by a hospice.

Lots of candles were lit at Downham Market St Edmunds on Sunday 10th December for the Light up a Lif

Lots of candles were lit at Downham Market St Edmunds on Sunday 10th December for the Light up a Life event. Photo: Norfolk Hospice - Credit: Norfolk Hospice

The events - organised by the Norfolk Hospice to remember people who have died during the festive period - took place at Sandringham Parish Church, King's Lynn Minster, St Edmunds Downham Market and the hospice's own Hillington premises.

The events were designed to 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 donations in memory to this year's Norfolk Hospice Light Up A Life appeal, where they dedicated a light on the hospice's Christmas tree and had their loved ones' names entered into a book of remembrance.

Louise Clark, bereavement co-ordinator at the Norfolk Hospice, said: 'Christmas is a happy time for many people but it can also be a difficult time for those who are missing someone special.


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'Our events provide important time to reflect and remember which is extremely valuable to all those who attended.'

More than 100 people attended the first event on Monday, December 4 at Sandringham Parish Church, led by The Rev Canon Jonathan Riviere with Sandringham Church Choir leading the carols, accompanied by organist Derek Thomas.

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A second event at Hillington took place on Thursday, December 7, during which the hospice's Christmas tree lights were illuminated in the courtyard and each one was dedicated to someone special being remembered this Christmas.

Throughout the evening guests listened to carols sung by Hunstanton Community Choir and a poem narrated by hospice volunteer Peter Parker.

The final two events took place on Sunday, December 10 at King's Lynn Minster and St Edmunds, Downham Market.

The mayor of King's Lynn and West Norfolk, Carol Bower, as well as her husband Simon, were amongst the large congregation at The Minster - with the service led by The Rev Canon Christopher Ivory and the Rt Rev 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.

To find out more about Light up a Life, call the Norfolk Hospice fundraising team on 01485 601701.

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