Loved ones remembered at Light up a Life

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Thousands of lights lit up the night sky in an emotional service at Pendleside Hospice.

Hundreds of people gathered in the hospice grounds at Reedley for the annual Light Up A Life event.

The Annual Pendleside Hospice Light Up a Life service, Burnley 15.12.2013

The Annual Pendleside Hospice Light Up a Life service, Burnley 15.12.2013

Thousands of lights will now remain lit through the dark nights of Christmas and New Year.

Each light represents the love and memories families have for those special people that lit up their lives but are no longer with us.

The service featured carols and performances by young soprano Grace O’Malley, Basics Junior Theatre School and piper Steve Sumner.

The service was led by hospice spiritual care co-ordinator Rev. Chris Cheeseman and the lights were switched on by Mayor of Pendle Coun. Smith Benson.

Hospice fund-raising manager Mrs Kaye Bartle said: “It really is a very special service and it’s lovely for us all to remember those special people that lit up our lives.

“The service is always quite emotional but also very uplifting.”

Light Up A Life also raises much needed funds for Pendleside Hospice.

Last year raised more than £107,000 and so far this year around £82,000 has been donated for this special campaign.

A Christmas tree, supplied by Alderson and Horan Funeral Services, was also lit up.

After Christmas the names of everyone remembered are entered into a leather-bound book of remembrance, by Co-operative Funeral Care and kept on display at the hospice throughout the year.

To support the hospice call 440120.