On Saturday 1st December over 500 people gathered in the gardens of Countess Mountbatten Hospice in West End Southampton, for their annual Light up a Life Carol Service. Light up a Life is one of the most well-loved, meaningful and poignant events of Countess Mountbatten Hospice’s calendar and is a chance for friends and family to get together and remember loved ones at a traditionally reflective time of the year.
Held in the gardens, the service featured readings, poems and music, including a beautiful rendition of ‘O Holy Night’ by soloist Alicia Fairhurst. There was also a quiet time for reflection after the Christmas tree lights were switched on by the Mayor of Winchester. Each twinkling light representing those who are sadly no longer with us.
Lorraine Pink, Head of Income Generation, at Countess Mountbatten Hospice said, “The festive season is a time to enjoy precious moments with family and friends; but it is also a time when we remember those who are no longer with us. This is such a special event and it was lovely to see just how many people turned up despite the weather. We know from feedback that our Light up a Life service brings a lot of comfort to people. We are so grateful to Drive Personnel, Truvox International, Owtons Butchers and Jonathan Terry Funeral Directors for being this year’s sponsors”
Chris Bryant, MD of Drive Personnel and the main sponsor said, “Having lost five members of my own family to cancer, all of whom were looked after by Countess Mountbatten Hospice, I am only too well aware of the fantastic work that they do in caring for people with terminal illnesses. For the last 15 years Drive Personnel has been employing local people and serving local customers. It therefore made total sense to us to support such a worthy cause in our local community, not least at this special time of year when our attention naturally turns to our friends and family”
Those wishing to dedicate a light on the tree in memory of a loved one, may continue to do so until the lights are switched off on Sunday 6th January. Money raised through Light up a Life will go towards helping local families cope with the effects of life-limiting illnesses over Christmas and beyond. To dedicate alight and donate to the Light up Life campaign please contact the Hospice on 02380 475313 or visit donate here