Celebrating the Lives of Loved Ones

On Monday 2nd December, Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care will be holding its annual Light up a Life service, to remember those close to our hearts who are no longer with us and to celebrate their lives. The evening is always a special and poignant one, as well as being very popular, and last year was attended by around 700 people.

The service, which will be held in the grounds of the Hospice building (situated on Waverley Lane in Farnham), will start at 6.30pm. Readings, carols and prayers will help those who attend to remember special times they had with their loved ones and reflect on fond memories. During the service, the lights on the Hospice’s Christmas tree will be switched on, to represent the lives of those special people to whose memory the service is dedicated.

Anyone who would like to remember a loved one – whether they were cared for by Phyllis Tuckwell or not – is invited to attend the service. If they wish to, they can make a dedication in memory of that special person, and have their name and the name of their loved one added to the evening’s Order of Service booklet. Dedications must be received by Friday 15th November to be added to the booklet. Leaflets with details about Light up a Life and a form for making a dedication are available in Phyllis Tuckwell’s shops and from the Hospice reception, or alternatively you can visit the charity’s Light up a Life website at www.pth.org.uk/lual where you can dedicate a light on their virtual night sky.

If you would like to attend the service, Phyllis Tuckwell advises that you bring a torch and wrap up warm, as the service is held outside. Parking will be available at the nearby South Farnham School and Abbey School, but it is very limited, so please car share if possible. After the service, all those who have attended are invited to South Farnham School for mulled wine and mince pies.

Every day – including Christmas Day – Phyllis Tuckwell supports and cares for over 250 local people, but because the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this. The charity’s annual Light up a Life service is provided completely free of charge, but any donation you wish to make to Phyllis Tuckwell would be gratefully received.

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