Your chance to Light up a Life

People gather for the "Light up a Life" service.
People gather for the "Light up a Life" service.
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Christmas lights will be shining bright in memory of loved ones at this year’s St Catherine’s Hospice Light up a Life service.

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

In the past the service has been held at the Town Hall gardens in St Nicholas Street.

However, this year it is taking place at the hospice in Throxenby Lane, so that hospice patients and their families can attend should they wish.

The event will take place at 6pm on Thursday December 6 and everyone is welcome to 
attend.

Saint Catherine’s Hospice trustee Ann Wyatt will lead the service and the Rev Kathryn Jackson, hospice chaplain, will bless the tree.

Carols will be accompanied by Simply Brass and the 
Graham Community Choir led by Bill Scott.

Pupils from Newby and Scalby Primary School will also sing for the congregation. Following the service, there will be refreshments of tea or coffee and mince pies, donated by Emma’s Coffee Lounge, and an opportunity to view the Book of Memories.

The tree, which is decorated with 1,000 lights, has been donated by Yorkshire Moors Christmas Trees, who sell their trees at Redcliffe Farm Shop.

To have a light shine on the hospice tree for your loved one, complete a leaflet available from any hospice shop, or the form on page 18 of this paper.

Or you can telephone (01723) 378406 and ask for details.

Hospice fundraiser Jane Richardson said: “Everyone is very welcome to attend this short but meaningful service. We would like to thank all those who have contributed in any way to this appeal, which we hope will raise over £30,00 for patient care.”

The following services will also be held in the surrounding areas: December 2, 3pm, Bridlington Railway Station; December 3, 6.15pm, Driffield Railway Station; December 4, 6pm, Memorial Gardens, Murray Street, Filey; December 4, 6pm, Malton Market Place; December 5, 6pm, Whitby Hospital; December 5, 6pm, Helmsley Market Place; December 6, 6pm, Saint Catherine’s Hospice, Scarborough.

If you would like to call into a hospice shop for more information, the Scarborough stores are located at 85 Falsgrave Road, 28C Ramshill Road and 137a Victoria Road.

Forms need to be returned by Friday November 30. There is no minimum donation per light; people are just asked to be as generous as they can.