Local hospice’s Lights of Love event shines bright

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Families from across Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire came together to celebrate the lives of loved ones at a special festive remembrance service on Sunday, December 8, 2019.

Holding glowing lanterns, people gathered outside Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger near Bedford for the hospice’s annual Lights of Love event.

There was a poignant service led by the hospice’s Spiritual Care Coordinator, Birgitte Grace, which included readings and festive music performed by the Bedford Town Band.

Singers from the Amici choir were joined by Sue Ryder staff and volunteers and sang a selection of carols.

The hospice also switched on its Christmas lights, which illuminated several beautiful Christmas trees positioned in the grounds with white sparkling lights.

Guests were also invited to write a message to loved ones who they wished to remember on a dedication star. The stars were displayed on trees of light in the hospice’s memory garden, which was specially lit up with purple, blue, green and white lights.

Hayley Webb, Senior Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at Lights of Love to let the memories of loved ones shine bright this Christmas; it was a really special evening. Thank you also to our sponsor G&H Seamer Funeral Directors for their kind support.