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Jane Ball, News Editor
Sunday, December 15, 2013
People took time out to reflect, remember and celebrate loved ones no longer with us when Saint Francis Hospice held its Light up a Life services.
About 1,500 people attended the four gatherings – at St John the Evangelist Church, Havering-atte-Bower; Trinity Methodist Church, Romford; Brentwood Cathedral, Brentwood, and St Margaret’s Church, Barking.
The services featured carols, and guests lit candles to celebrate and reflect on those who have died.
Hospice chaplaincy team leader the Rev Graham Laut said: “Each year we arrange Light up a Life services to provide support to those who have been bereaved, and to remember with love the special person who has died.
“There was a wonderful turnout of people coming together and we are grateful for the donations that have been made as they will enable us to continue providing our specialist care to people affected by cancer or other life-limiting illness when they need it.”
The Mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday, the Mayor of Redbridge, Cllr Felicity Banks and Romford MP, Andrew Rosindell, attended the service at St John the Evangelist and the hospice choir sang popular carols including Silent Night and Deck the Halls. Pupils from Parklands Junior School, Romford, sang at the Trinity Methodist Church service.
Gail Harris, a volunteer chaplain at both the hospice and at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, said: “It’s the first time I’ve been to one of these services. I was encouraged that so many people wished to be there to remember their loved ones and that the hospice was able to fill that need.”
The Brophy family, from Chadwell Heath, were at Brentwood Cathedral to remember Eric.
His widow, Shirley, said: “My husband died nine years ago and prior to his death we had Saint Francis Hospice nurses visiting him at home and they were all so lovely and caring.”
You can still make a dedication that will be included in a book of remembrance and make a donation.
So far this year Light up a Life has raised about £34,000.
To make a dedication, to learn more about Saint Francis Hospice or support its work visit www.sfh.org.uk or call 01708 753319.