A POIGNANT way for people to remember their loved ones is planned in Hartlepool.
Hartlepool & District Hospice will hold three Light up a Life services in and around Hartlepool this year.
Hospice officials say Light up a Life is a special way to remember loved ones at Christmas time.
Each year the Hospice invites people to celebrate the life of someone they love by dedicating a light in their memory on the Hospice’s special Light up a Life Christmas Tree.
A spokesman for the charity said: “By dedicating a light you make a donation towards the Hospice, helping to ensure they can continue to deliver the specialist services they provide.
“You will receive a beautiful pin badge, personalised card and have the name of your loved one inscribed into the Book of Remembrance.
“Following the campaign, which runs throughout the weeks leading up to Christmas, you are invited to attend one or all of the Hospice’s three Light up a Life memorial services.”
This year’s services are as follows:
•Outside Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience on Sunday, December 14 at 4.30pm.
•Saint Paul’s Church in Hartlepool on Thursday, December 18, at 7pm.
•Saint Cuthbert’s Church in Peterlee on Friday, December 19, at 6pm.
The spokesman added: “These moving services will include carols and readings as well as a ceremonial lighting of the Tree followed by a moment of silence and reflection in remembrance of your loved ones. Following the services people are invited to browse through the Books of Remembrance.”
Hospice fundraiser Greg Hildreth said: “Light up a Life really stands out as something very special. We believe that it helps to keep memories alive and is a lovely opportunity to celebrate the lives of loved ones with people who feel the same way as you do.”
He said the Light up a Life service was “a very emotional event” but he added: “It helps us to remember happy times with the people we miss.”
Hospice officials are hoping that this year’s Light up a Life campaign could raise as much as £20,000.
Greg added: “This will be a huge boost and will help us sustain the vital specialised services which we can offer to the local communities which support us.”