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Lights shine in memory and celebration

16th December 2016

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Thousands of loved ones are being remembered and celebrated in this year’s St Richard’s Hospice Lights of Love initiative across Worcestershire.

Almost 3,000 names have been dedicated to loved ones with lights shining on the hospice Christmas tree in St Andrew’s Spire, Worcester. The dedicated names are also recorded on boards around the tree and in books of thanksgiving in Worcester Cathedral, Great Malvern Priory, Pershore Abbey and Droitwich Library.

St Richard’s Hospice Senior Fundraiser Alison Parkes said: “Lights of Love brings comfort and support to many as we remember and celebrate those people who are close to our hearts. We are grateful to everyone in the community who has dedicated a light of love and donated £43,000 towards our hospice care this year.”

She added, “We are truly thankful for the way our community continues to support our care of people living with life-limiting illnesses who need our support.”

More than 2,000 people attended special Lights of Love services in five events around the county, more than ever before.

lights of love vinnie-dixon-aged-4-looking-at-grandad-vince-jacksons-nameLights of Love is kindly sponsored by Andrew Grant Sales and Lettings and supported by Open GI, Droitwich Lions, Worcester City Council, Worcester County Council, Penny Raby & Co; Leigh Sinton Farm Nurseries for the Christmas tree, and Place Partnership for the tree lights.

Anyone who would like to support the hospice this Christmas is encouraged to donate to help St Richard’s care for bereaved families over the festive season. You can donate by visiting http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/christmas

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.