HUNDREDS REMEMBER LOVED ONES IN ANNUAL CANDLE LIT SERVICE
The annual Light up a Life service, organised by Rossendale Hospice, took place at St Mary’s Church on Thursday with over 350 people marking their respects.
The 2nd Rossendale Scout Band and children from Edenfield Primary School entertained attendees. The service presented poignant moments to reflect with Hospice at Home Nurses; Ruth Russell singing ‘I am a Thousand Winds’ by Hayley Westenra and Susan Smith reading a poem specially created by local poet Paul Jenkins.
Over 650 lives were remembered in a 25 minute candle lit reflection where the lights were dimmed and names of loved ones were shown on screens across the Church.
Clare Richards, Head of Income Generation said, “It has been wonderful to see many regulars attend the service once again but also provide a very special moment for those newly bereaved with a chance to remember their loved and lost, at such a difficult time.”
This year’s Light up a Life campaign has raised over £9,800.
Each life remembered has been made with a donation of dedication, which goes on to gift patients in Rossendale Hospice’s care with the support they need.
Christmas Wreaths were also available to purchase and hang at home.
Clare added “We would like to thank everyone for their kind donations. Each dedication made has helped fund over 550 hours of nursing care to patients this Christmas. It is our pleasure to provide this event, which touches many hearts.