Remember those no longer with us with Havering hospice Light up a Life campaign

PUBLISHED: 18:00 10 November 2013

Maureen will remember her husband

Maureen will remember her husband


Services and dedications to remember loved ones who have died will be held this festive period by Saint Francis Hospice.

The Light Up a Life campaign gives people the chance to remember and celebrate the lives of those no longer with us, as well as donate to the Havering-atte-Bower hospice if they wish.

Dedications – to anyone, they need not have been a hospice patient – will be included in a book of remembrance that will be on display at the hospice and church services.

Those who make dedications will receive a card featuring the tribute and those making donations will also receive a heart badge.

Rev Graham Laut, hospice chaplaincy team leader, said: “Each person present at the services will be remembering someone very dear and unique, while taking solace from those around them and knowing they are not alone in their grief.”

The uplifting services feature carols and hymns and a chance for guests to light a candle to remember their special person. They are:

- Sunday, December 1 at St John’s the Evangelist Church, Havering-atte-Bower, at 3pm.

- Tuesday, December 3 at Trinity Methodist Church, Romford, at 7pm.

- Wednesday, December 4 at St Margaret’s Church, Barking, at 7pm.

- Sunday, December 8 at Brentwood Cathedral at 4pm.

Maureen Ballard, from Collier Row, who lost her husband Tony to cancer in 2006, has made a dedication for the past six years and will do so again this year.

She said: “I normally keep my card longer than Christmas as Tony is missed and will never be forgotten. The heart pin badges are a lovely touch.”

To make a dedication or book tickets for a service contact the fundraising team at or call 01708 723593 or visit

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