Hospiscare’s Light Up a Life Christmas service to be held in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 11:00 07 December 2017

Christmas trees can be recyled in East Devon

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St Gregory’s Anglican Church, Seaton, will be hosting one of Hospiscare’s Light Up a Life services on Monday, December 11, at 6pm.

Hospiscare Light Up a Life events takes place annually in the run up to Christmas, which can be a poignant time of year for those who have been bereaved. A number of services take place throughout Exeter, Mid and East Devon, offering time and space to remember and honour loved ones who are no longer with us.

Hospiscare’s Karen Turner said: “With a blend of readings, poetry, music and the opportunity to join voices in singing carols, these occasions bring at least as much joy as sadness and are never less than uplifting.

“This year’s series of services will end on Sunday, December 17, with a service at Exeter Cathedral. The Hospiscare Christmas tree is already in place on the Cathedral Green, and it’s decked with lights that are being lit at dusk every day until Twelfth Night. Our Book of Memories will be available to view at each service, and will remain at the Cathedral until January 6.

“We are inviting everyone to come along to any of our services and join in remembering their loved one. But whether you are able to attend a service or not, you can still light up a life online: a virtual star will shine in memory in a beautiful night sky, and you can email a link to your family and friends so that they can appreciate it, too. Simply visit www.hospiscare.co.uk/lightupalife.”

Each year, Hospiscare provides free, specialist care and support for more than 2,500 adults with life-limiting illnesses and their families in Exeter, Mid and East Devon. However, few people are better placed to appreciate the importance of our work than nurse Petra Osborne, whose mother was cared for in the hospice.

As Petra explains: “As a Hospiscare nurse of many years myself, I have always known that we make a difference to the families we care for, but it was only by experiencing that care myself that I fully appreciated the amazing impact that Hospiscare has on those they look after.

“My Mum Bernie was a strong, independent lady, full of life and love for her family and the young people she worked with as a youth and community worker. Her diagnosis with cancer was devastating to her and us and she struggled to come to terms with it.

“We were so fortunate that my Mum spent her last few weeks at the hospice. It was like she was being cared for by family and it was, simply put, like a little piece of heaven on earth.”

Hospiscare spends more than £7m each year to deliver this high-quality care. Less than 20 per cent of this sum comes from the NHS, with the remainder being voluntary income. We are grateful for every donation, no matter how small, and a gift to Hospiscare in your Will would help to ensure the charity’s future for generations to come.

Donations can be made by post or by phone on 01392 688020.

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