Hospice lights up

Light Up A Life 2011 is launched by, from left, Lady Heather Ayckbourn, Mayor John Blackburn and Hospice Chief Executive Lee Barker.'114957a

Light Up A Life 2011 is launched by, from left, Lady Heather Ayckbourn, Mayor John Blackburn and Hospice Chief Executive Lee Barker.'114957a

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ST CATHERINE’S Hospice held its annual Light up a Life event in Scarborough’s Town Hall gardens last night.

Lady Heather Ayckbourn performed the official switch-on and lit up the tree of lights, many of which were dedicated to somebody’s loved one.

Ann Wyatt, Saint Catherine’s Hospice trustee, led the service, and welcomed Reverend Kathryn Jackson, hospice chaplain, to bless the tree.

Carols were accompanied by the Salvation Army Band and the Graham Community Choir led by Mr Bill Scott sang for the congregation, as did the pupils of Newby and Scalby Primary School.

The Christmas tree, which is decorated with 2,000 lights, was donated by Yorkshire Moors Christmas Trees.

The names of all those who have been remembered are entered into a Book of Memories, which is now on display at the hospice reception until January 5.

After the service, the congregation enjoyed coffee and mince pies at Emma’s Coffee Lounge on Huntriss Row, courtesy of Mr and Mrs Mike Mort.

Lee Barker, chief executive, announced that this appeal has raised over £35,000 for patient care this year.

Light up a Life is one of the hospice’s main events on the Christmas fundraising calendar.

Services were also held in Bridlington, Malton, Filey, Driffield, Whitby and Helmsley.

The hospice will also be holding its annual Santa Dash this Sunday.

The 1.5 mile festive family event will take place round Marine Drive, setting off from the Sands at 11am.

The event is also a big fundraiser for the hospice and attracts hundreds of participants of all ages every year.