Hundreds of people gathered to remember loved ones at the annual Tree of Light service held by St Catherine’s Hospice on Sunday (December 2).
The service held at K2 saw almost 1,000 people arrive to pay their respects to friends and relatives who will not be with them this Christmas.
People gathered to hear readings and songs before the Tree of Light was lit in honour of all of those who have lost their lives.
The Tree shone out into the night as people bowed their heads in remembrance.
It will now remain lit at the hospice until the 12th night of Christmas.
Julie Pattenden, from West Green, attended the event in memory of her husband Glynn who died at the hospice in 2005 aged 49.
She said she has attended the service for several years and finds it ‘comforting and inspiring.’
Julie said: “We owned the butchers shop in West Green and used to supply meat to St Catherine’s so we already had a link to the hospice before Glynn became ill.
“One of my best friends was cared for by the hospice too.
“I’ve been attending the Tree of Light services for many years, and find the services comforting and inspiring.
“I think it is important to show support for St Catherine’s as they give us so much care and support when we need it the most.”
People can sponsor a light on the tree and make a donation to the hospice. People will receive a star decoration where they can write a dedication to a loved one or friend and then hang the decoration on the Tree of Light. All sponsored names will be entered in the hospice’s Book of Remembrance which is displayed at the main service at K2 and then at the hospice.
The hospice has several other smaller services taking place in the area. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.stch.org.uk