Families have remembered their loved ones who are no longer with us at our annual Light Up A Life service.

Families have remembered their loved ones who are no longer with us at our annual Light Up A Life service.

The ceremony was led by Reverend Katherine Farrell and held at Grimsby Minster.

As well as carols and prayers, there were also readings by St Andrew's Hospice representatives Karen Higgins (Head of Support & Wellbeing), Lynn Andrews (Director of Clinical Services) and Benedicto Da'Silva (Spiritual Care Lead/Chaplain).

There was also a special poem written and read by Hospice Ambassador George Kavanagh and the Light Up A Life candle was lit by Michelle Rollinson, Chief Executive at the hospice.

She spoke about how the Light Up A Life event is a special day in the Hospice's calendar.

"It's an opportunity to remember people we have cared for and be able to support. It's very rewarding as we get to reconnect with people. Many people come here year after year to stay in touch with the Hospice and remember their loved ones," she said.

An illuminated Christmas tree was switched on in Grimsby Minster, with lights representing the departed.

Over 200 people attended the service to remember their loved ones.

Samantha Turnbull and Kirsten Hoggins lit a candle to remember their mother, Anne Mellors, who died at the age of 74 in January.

Samantha said: "She spent a long time in St Andrew's Hospice and they were fantastic. We made a lot of special memories with her while she was there, and it helps to come to this service and remember her."

"We also have another connection with the charity as we found out later that her sister, Sheila Bridges, was one of the founding members of it many years ago."

Four generations of Raymond Blow's family (left) attended to remember him. It would have been the Grimsby man's 73rd birthday on the day of the service.

His wife Pat said: "He passed away three years ago, but this was the first year that Light Up A Life has fallen on his birthday so it felt right to come here and remember him.

"He was born and bred in Grimsby, and worked as a welder for 46 years."

Maureen Kettle lost her husband Ronald seven years ago, and is still thankful for how St Andrew's treated him.

She said: "They looked after him for well for ten days - in fact, they looked after both of us. They let me be his wife and not his carer. I come here every year to thank them for their wonderful care."

The Till family were paying tribute to three relatives and close friends that they lost within the space of five months last year.

Janet Till said: "In the space of a few months last year, we lost Mia's great-grandmother Jean Claridge, her great-uncle Robert Dixon and our friend of 50 years Karl Brumby.

"They were all cancer-related, and all spent time in St Andrew's. We came last year to remember now, and now I think it will be a yearly tradition."

The Humber Belles performed a number of Christmas carols and a scroll of remembrance was unveiled, which you can view online below (use the + and - buttons to zoom in and out on the document).

 

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