Around 800 people gathered in the grounds of Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice on Monday 28th November, for the charity’s Light up a Life 2016 service. Held to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who are no longer with us, the evening is always a special and poignant one, as those present remember the special times they had with their loved ones and reflect on fond memories.
Chris Tuckwell, son of Phyllis Tuckwell, welcomed all those present, and Rev Jane Walker, one of the charity’s chaplains, gave an introduction to the service. Readings, by the Mayor of Farnham Councillor John Ward and Phyllis Tuckwell Chief Executive Sarah Brocklebank, were interspersed with carols led by the Farnham Brass Band, and a performance of Hark the Herald Angels Sing was given by local choir the Lydian Singers.
During the service, the lights on the Hospice’s Christmas tree were switched on, to represent the lives of those loved ones to whose memory the service was dedicated. Those present also hung glowsticks on the tree’s branches and placed tea lights around its base, forming a heart-shape to represent the love they have for those to whose memory the evening was dedicated. The service ended with prayers and a blessing, after which all those who attended were invited to South Farnham School for tea and mince pies, and to hear the school choir, who performed a selection of Christmas carols.
“As always, we would like to thank everyone who supported our Light Up A Life service, especially all of our wonderful volunteers,” said Fiona Chapman, Events Fundraiser at Phyllis Tuckwell.
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