Remember loved ones at Lights of Love event this Christmas

Posted 16th November 2022

Willen Hospice are inviting local people to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones at their special Lights of Love event on Saturday 3rd December, at The Ridgeway Centre in Wolverton, Milton Keynes.

Local families and friends will come together for this heartwarming occasion full of beautiful readings and Christmas carols. Attendees will be invited to add the names of their loved ones to a Book of Remembrance and children can decorate stars, adding their messages of love, to hang on Christmas trees.

Andrew Hodgson is helping to raise vital funds by sharing his story of how his wife, Tricia was cared for by Willen Hospice, as part of the Lights of Love charity appeal. He said, “I’ve been going to Lights of Love for years now. It gives me that dedicated time to remember Tricia and the other special people in my life that I’ve lost. It’s about honouring their memories, reflecting on happy times together; it’s such an important thing to do. This year I’ll be there again, with other local families, paying tribute to the amazing people no longer with us.”

Katrina Walsh, Willen Hospice Senior Events Fundraiser, said “Our Lights of Love event is incredibly important. Grief can feel so much stronger at Christmas time and that’s why we hold this memorial event. It gives people the chance to take time out of their busy festive preparations to reflect, remember and celebrate the lives of their loves ones.”

The event is free to attend and people can register their attendance online, or turn up on the day. The online registration form gives people the opportunity to add a name into the Book of Remembrance, which will be available to view online and projected onto a screen at the event. People can also buy a memorial Christmas lantern which they can decorate at home and bring with them to put on the stage, or keep at home.

Willen Hospice needs to raise £5.9 million every year, that’s £11 a minute. They kindly ask for a donation, if they can, from anyone attending the event. Visit register.