Hundreds of lights shone out at Earl Mountbatten Hospice on Sunday (3rd December), in memory of loved ones who have died and in a fitting culmination to the hospice’s 35th anniversary celebrations.
Around 350 people attended the annual Lights of Love service in the grounds of the hospice site on Halberry Lane, Newport. The service offers the community a place to remember and celebrate the lives of people wherever and however they have died.
During the evening, carols were sung by the Earl Mountbatten Community Choir, and the band of the Salvation Army performed a number of traditional festive hymns. As candles were lit, hundreds of lights were illuminated on the hospice’s towering Christmas Tree. Prayers were led by hospice Chaplain Rosie Deedes, and readings and poems were also said by volunteers and staff.
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said:
“Our Lights of Love service is deeply comforting for those who attend, many of whom have had friends and loved ones cared for by our hospice. It was also incredible to see our patients join us, with one able to be involved from her bed which was moved out to the marquee. That really embodies what our hospice is all about; supporting people to live as normal a life as possible.”
As well as offering the opportunity to remember a loved one, the event also raises funds to ensure hospice care is available for Islanders when they need us most. So far, nearly £7,000 has been raised through sponsorship of a light on our Christmas Tree, with names also being written in our remembrance book. Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/emhospice/lightsoflove2017 or call our Fundraising Team on 01983 217300.
There are still a number of Lights of Love services being held in support of Earl Mountbatten Hospice across the Island, including a service at Newport Minster at 19:00 on Friday 8th December. For details of other services, visit http://www.iwhospice.org/events/hospice-events/lights-of-love-2017.html.