Let memories of loved ones shine bright at hospice’s ‘Lights of Love’

Families from right across Bedfordshire are invited to join Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice this Christmas to celebrate the lives of loved ones at a festive remembrance service.

Published on: 11/11/19, 1:12 pm


The free service, also attended by hospice volunteers and staff, features traditional Christmas carols, music, readings and performances from local choirs, followed by festive refreshments.

Taking place in the hospice grounds on St John’s Road in Moggerhanger, near Bedford, from 5pm on Sunday 8th December, it gives family and friends the time to remember, reflect and celebrate the lives of loved ones who are gone but not forgotten and shine bright in their memory.

The ‘Lights of Love’ event is a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to come together to remember at Christmas and the hospice extends a warm invitation to everyone to attend, whether they have been supported by the hospice or not.

During the service guests are invited to write a message to those they wish to remember on a dedication candle, which is displayed on a tree of light, in a moving and memorable way to give thanks for loved ones.

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Allison Mann, Interim Hospice Director at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice said, “Everyone is warmly welcome to come and join us at this year’s Lights of Love. By coming together at Lights of Love you will be helping us be there when it matters, providing more care in the local community, while letting the memory of loved ones shine bright this Christmas.”

“Friends and family are welcome too to come join us too.”

“One of the most poignant parts of the evening is seeing everyone’s dedication candles with messages for loved ones beautifully displayed on our trees of light. If you would like to leave a dedication to a loved one, and are unable to join us at Lights of Love, you can arrange for a dedication at sueryder.org/love

“Losing a loved one is hard to cope with, especially at this time of year. Our family support team is providing support to people in our hospice’s care over Christmas. If you’re finding it hard to cope our Online Community can also help. Visit https://support.sueryder.org/community to share experiences, ask questions and chat to people who understand.” 

The event, at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice, St John's Road, Moggerhanger Nr, Bedford, MK44 3RJ, on Sunday 8th December from 5pm, is free to attend and is open to all, with donations helping Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice continue providing palliative care for local families.  

You can turn up on the night or RSVP at www.sueryder.org/stjohnslights

To request a dedication candle or for further details, please contact the Sue Ryder St John’s fundraising team on 01767 642 412 or email stjohnsfundraising@sueryder.org.

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