Plea to support hospice service of remembrance

A hospice is hoping local people head to its festive remembrance event tomorrow (Wednesday) to celebrate the memory of their loved ones.

St Wilfrid’s is holdings its annual Lights of Love service at the Winter Garden’s Floral Hall and promises an evening of music and the spoken word, due to get underway at 7.30pm.

Entry is free but donations are, of course, hugely appreciated, with the hospice not far off moving into its new state-of-the-art headquarters which have cost millions of pounds to develop.

Each year the charity holds a Lights of Love campaign, offering people the chance to sponsor a light on a special Christmas tree at the front of its base in a bid to raise cash towards its latest campaign.

However this year is slightly different.

The hospice is celebrating its 29th year and to mark the occasion has added a new dimension to Lights of Love.

As in previous years, anyone donating money for a light outside the hospice will also get a silver heart which can be hung on their tree at home, with information on how to sponsor a light available by calling Chris Clark on 01323 637871, emailing or visiting

But this year the charity is also holding a special event – tomorrow’s night at the Winter Garden.

Using the wonders of modern technology, the lights at the hospice will be turned on during the concert, with the pictures beamed back to the venue – no doubt to healthy 

Charlotte Nuckhir, who has helped organise the even for St Wilfrid’s, said, “Our annual Lights of Love events have always been a popular way of remembering loved ones and celebrating our work and this year, at the start of what will be a very big year for the hospice, we want to make this year’s event even more poignant and involve more people.

“It will be a very special evening, with time for both reflection and celebration, and we look forward to welcoming those who wish to support us.”