Share this article
Arthur Rank Hospice is inviting you to join them for their special Light up a Life service at the start of December. The poignant evening sees hundreds of lights on a beautiful Christmas Tree outside the Hospice, lit up – as Hospice staff, volunteers, supporters, friends and family come together – to remember loved ones.The evening, which takes place on Sunday 1 December from 5pm, will see guests welcomed, with music courtesy of Ely City Military Band and Sing! Choirs (Ely, Newmarket and Cambridge). A service including readings, poems, songs and carols will then be led by the Hospice’s Chaplain Keith Morrison and the Bishop of Ely, Right Revd Stephen Conway. A moment of silence and reflection will follow, providing an opportunity for everyone to hold their loved ones in their memories and hearts, before the lights adorning the Christmas tree are switched on. As those who have experienced the Hospice will know, its care embraces everyone and welcomes people of all faiths and no faith and the evening is open to anyone who wishes to remember someone they hold dear, regardless of whether they were cared for by Arthur Rank Hospice.Jane Van De Peer, our Ward Sister on the Inpatient Unit, shares why the evening is so special:“Light up a Life is one of the most special occasions in our Hospice calendar. I have been nursing at the Hospice for over 19 years. I recognise how important it is for people to join together and share memories of those no longer with us, whether or not they were cared for by the Hospice. “Recently we cared for a patient on our ward. Their relative told me that they felt a weight was lifted from their shoulders when their loved one was admitted into the Hospice. They felt the weight was replaced by arms which wrapped around them and offered valued support during an extremely emotional time.I hope that I will see you on Sunday 1 December for our service, however if you are unable to attend, please be assured that all of our patients and your loved ones, past and present, will be in our thoughts.” The Hospice is now inviting dedications for the Light up a Life Commemorative Booklet which will be handed out at the service. As well as being able to include a loved ones’ name in the booklet, supporters are invited to write a dedication, wish or message on the back of a star. These can then be returned to the Hospice, where they will be hung together in streams and cascaded over the Bistro in the heart of the Hospice. Both the stars and the Christmas tree lights can be viewed by visitors from the 1 December throughout the festive period until twelfth night, Sunday 5 January 2020.To attend on the evening, or make a dedication, please register at https://www.arhc.org.uk/lightupalife before Wednesday 20 November or call 01223 675888. Dedications can be made after this date and will be added to an addendum. To see a video of the evening last year, visit the Hospice’s YouTube channel. Arthur Rank Hospice would like to extend its thanks to this year’s sponsors of Light up a Life Peasgood & Skeates and the East of England Cooperative Funeral Directors who have kindly sponsored the 20-foot Christmas tree. Donations from the personal dedications will help the Hospice in raising the £8.25 million which needs to be secured every year, to help provide essential care for people living in Cambridgeshire with a life-limiting illness. Thanks to the invaluable support of the local community, over 4,000 patients are cared for each year free of charge at the Hospice’s home in Shelford Bottom, the day treatment centre in Wisbech and in people’s own homes across Cambridgeshire via the Arthur Rank Community team.