Hundreds of twinkling lights will be lit in memory and celebration of loved ones this festive season, in the annual St Richard’s Hospice Lights of Love campaign. There will be two moving and uplifting St Richard’s Lights of Love services at Worcester Cathedral at 2.30pm and 7pm on Friday, 19th November. The choir from Kings Hawford will sing during the afternoon service and the RGS Senior School Choir will feature in the evening event.
The evening service will be followed by a procession to St Andrew’s Spire, where a Christmas tree will be illuminated, full of dedicated Lights of Love, against a backdrop of music from The Salvation Army.
St Richard’s has held Lights of Love services and events in Worcestershire for almost two decades, except last year due to the Covid pandemic. Anyone is welcome to dedicate a light in memory or celebration of a loved one, not only those who have a connection with St Richard’s.
Hospice Fundraiser Alison Parkes said,
“The festive season is a time when many reflect on the wonderful people who have touched our lives, particularly those who are loved and no longer with us. We are really looking forward to celebrating and remembering loved ones together once again after Covid restrictions kept us apart last year.”
Mrs Parkes added, “Unfortunately, due to the challenges of holding face-to-face events during the pandemic, we are only holding services at Worcester Cathedral this year and not at other venues. The Cathedral events are free and open to all, however, due to Covid restrictions we need to know how many people will be attending so please book tickets in advance online.”
The dedicated names will be displayed around St Andrew’s Spire and in a Book of Remembrance at Worcester Cathedral.
You can dedicate a light online https://www.strichards.org.uk/lights-of-love-2021/ or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 958262.
Supporters who dedicate and donate online will have the added benefit of their personal message being displayed on the St Richard’s online Christmas tree.
Money raised from Lights of Love donations will help support the hospice’s specialist care for people living with a serious progressive illness, their families and bereaved people across Worcestershire.
Lights of Love is kindly sponsored by Fisher German.
About St Richard’s Hospice:
St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.
Each year the hospice team supports more than 2,900 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.
St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with the remainder funded by the NHS.
For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit www.strichards.org.uk
Who does St Richard’s Hospice care for?
St Richard’s cares for people with a serious progressive illness who have complex needs which cannot be met by other services. These include cancer and neurological, respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions.
All its services are available to people registered with a South Worcestershire GP. The St Richard’s In-patient Unit cares for people across Worcestershire.
St Richard’s cares for people by:
- early involvement in the course of a person’s illness alongside other therapies that are intended to prolong life
- enabling people to manage their illness and remain independent for as long as possible
- helping people to control their pain and other worrying symptoms
- helping people with emotional, social, practical and spiritual issues
- supporting families and carers before and through bereavement
- working in partnership with other health care providers and organisations
- encouraging wider understanding that death is a part of life
- supporting the local community to be well informed about the care available to them
- supporting the health and social care workforce through education to provide high-quality, individualised care.
Where they care:
St Richard’s offers free care and support for people in the hospice, in the community, in GP surgeries, at clinics or by telephone.