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Celebrating the Lives of Loved Ones


On Monday 2nd December, around 800 people gathered in the grounds of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham, at the charity’s annual Light up a Life service.

Held to remember those close to our hearts who are no longer with us and to celebrate their lives, the service included readings read by the President of Phyllis Tuckwell, Chris Tuckwell, and the Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Pat Evans. There were prayers and blessings from Phyllis Tuckwell’s chaplains, Rev. Dr Jill Thornton and Rev. Sue Lattey, and carols which were led by Farnham Brass Band and accompanied by the Kindred Spirits Choir, who also performed a fantastic rendition of White Christmas. During the service, the lights on the Hospice’s Christmas tree were switched on, to represent the lives of those special people to whose memory the service was dedicated. All who attended were invited to South Farnham School afterwards, for mulled wine and mince pies.

“Our Light up a Life service is always a very special event,” said Fiona Chapman, Events Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care.  “We would like to thank everyone who came along to help us celebrate the lives of those who are no longer with us, all of the volunteers who generously gave their time to help, and all those who contributed to and supported the evening.”

Phyllis Tuckwell provides supportive and end of life care for local patients and families who are living with an advanced or terminal illness, such as cancer. It offers medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support, and all of its services are given free of charge to its patients and their carers. However, to do this it needs to raise over £20,000 a day.

If you would like to remember a loved one, you can visit Phyllis Tuckwell’s Light up a Life website at www.pth.org.uk/lual where you can dedicate a light on their virtual night sky.

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