Service to remember loved ones

St Catherines Hospice Light Up A Life tree service, held at the hospice for the first time. From left, David Marshall, director of fundraising, Ann Harper, director of patient services, Ian Westmoreland, chairman of trustees, Lady Ayckbourn, patron, Lee Barker, chief executive, Mayor Helen Mallory, Rev Kathryn Jackson, hospice chaplain, and Anne Wyatt, trustee. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124936a 06/12/12
St Catherines Hospice Light Up A Life tree service, held at the hospice for the first time. From left, David Marshall, director of fundraising, Ann Harper, director of patient services, Ian Westmoreland, chairman of trustees, Lady Ayckbourn, patron, Lee Barker, chief executive, Mayor Helen Mallory, Rev Kathryn Jackson, hospice chaplain, and Anne Wyatt, trustee. Photo by Andrew Higgins 124936a 06/12/12
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Crowds of people turned out to see 1,000 lights sparkle into life at an annual appeal dedicated to remembering loved ones at Christmas.

Previously held at the Town Hall Gardens, last night supporters braved the cold and snowy weather to attend Saint Catherine’s Hospice Light Up a Life service, which took place at the hospice grounds in Throxenby Lane.

Hospice fundraiser Jane Richardson said: “This meant that patients were involved for the first time as they were able to watch the service from the comfort of indoors and see the tree being lit, hear the congregation sing carols and listen to the brass band.”

The event gives people the chance to sponsor a fairy light on the hospice’s tree as a way of remembering those who can’t be with them this Christmas.

Mrs Richardson added: “We have had donations totalling in excess of £35,000 which matches last year’s total, and they are continuing to come in each day.

“We were delighted to welcome so many people into the hospice for coffee and mince pies following the service.

“We would like to thank everyone who contributed and Simply Brass and Graham Community Choir for being part of the service.”

The tree lighting ceremony was led by hospice trustee Ann Wyatt and saw Rev Kathryn Jackson bless the tree.