Hospice News

Christmas & Light Up a Life 2021

Ellie Foster
Ellie Foster

This week we launched our 2021 Christmas Appeal. Every Christmas we offer a Light Up a Life service of remembrance to support families and friends whose loved ones have died. This year we are able to return to Chichester Cathedral for a limited service on December the 5th, and we are also inviting everyone who would like to join us online from 4pm on the 5th December for our virtual Light Up a Life service.

Update Friday 26th November:

We are disappointed to let you know that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Light Up a Life service at Chichester Cathedral on 5th December at 6pm. We had planned to offer this service of remembrance to our community this year after missing it last year, however have taken the decision not to go ahead due to rising COVID-19 infection rates this Winter.

We know that this will be disappointing for families and friends who planned to come and remember their loved ones, however we take the safety of everyone in our community seriously and don’t feel that inviting a large group to gather is the right thing to do.

We will be offering a virtual service on our Facebook page and YouTube channel from 4pm on Sunday 5th December, with readings from our team, beautiful music, and a chance to light candles together from the historic setting of the Lady Chapel at Chichester Cathedral.

We hope you can join us from your own home with a candle to light to remember your loved ones, and have a moment of shared remembrance together.

During the virtual service you’ll hear readings and music, and hear from our Lead Chaplain James Cooper, who supports patients and their loved ones here at the Hospice. We will light a candle together to remember those we miss, and in this time of the pandemic, we can join together to have a moment of reflection.

As part of our Christmas Appeal we asked Jo and Melissa to share their story. Their father Tony and mother Jenny both died under the care of the Hospice last year, and they said the support of the Hospice “made it possible to cope but also to be there with our parents. It made an unbearable journey bearable”.

If you can give a donation to support the work of the Hospice this Winter, every pound will make a difference.

For the latest details, please visit stwh.co.uk/christmas-2021.

 

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