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Lost loved ones remembered at Jospice lights service

HUNDREDS of people gathered to remember their loved ones at the annual Light up a Life service, at Jospice.

Wrapped up warmly to protect themselves from the winter chill, whole families, from babies to grandparents, gathered in the hospice’s grounds in Thornton for the annual service where candles are lit in remembrance of relatives.

At the end of the candle-lit service, Jospice’s Christmas tree came to life with an emotional switch-on.

Pat Murphy, director of fundraising at Jospice, said: “This is a very special event in the calendar of the hospice, and especially being our Golden Jubilee year.”

The founder of the charity, Father Francis O’Leary, was remembered, and a candle was lit during the service in his memory.

Jospice supporters hung their own memory stars on the tree at the end of the service while the crowd kept warm with hot drinks and mince pies.

Pat said: “It’s always a lovely service that attracts many friends and supporters.

“We are once again indebted to Crosby Lions who helped on the day on car park duty, our musical group Footsteps and everyone who helped in any way, and also supported our appeal.”

The Jospice tree will be lit until January 6 and lights in memory of a loved one can still be sponsored until then.

The Light up a Life book of remembrance that will contain the names of all those named in the ceremony will also be available at reception to view during the day.

For more information on Jospice, please go to www. jospice.org.uk

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