Arthur Rank Hospice Charity welcomed 300 people outside its Shelford Bottom home, at 5pm on Sunday 5 December for Light up a Life, sponsored by Peasgood and Skeates. The special annual event is an important opportunity for family members, friends, patients, volunteers, colleagues and supporters to gather together whilst remembering those they love.
Responding to the current circumstances of the pandemic, the Charity this year offers a hybrid version of Light up a Life: the evening was recorded live as it unfolded and can also now be watched at arhc.org.uk/LUALfilm. Having a film version, free to watch at any time and in any location, opens Light up a Life to the whole community: people of any faith or no faith, those who were unable to attend that evening or who may be confined to their homes, are warmly welcomed, no matter whether they have experienced the Charity’s services.
This year’s evening focused on love and how its light guides us through the darkness and grief. Sharon Allen, CEO, welcomes guests to the Hospice’s car park saying:
“Love, and the joy of love, is what causes pain and grief when those we love have died. And is it love that brings us together in our circle of support as we share in our memories.”
The service, led by Chaplain Keith Morrison, includes beautiful poems, songs, readings and music, and – after the twinkling lights adorning the magnificent Christmas tree are turned on – a poignant moment of silence to remember loved ones.
Many of those who were attending or will watch the event, are likely to have experienced Keith’s support or that of the Patient and Family Support Team. As well as spiritual care, the team offers social, psychological and bereavement support.
Donations are welcome until Wednesday 5 January 2022 at arhc.org.uk/lual. Funds raised will help fund vital front-line care for people living with an advanced serious illness or other life-limiting condition, and those who need end-of-life care, in Cambridgeshire. The lights on the tree and the stars adorned with the names of loved ones remembered (which can be seen in the windows of the first floor Education Suite above the Hospice’s entrance) will shine out into the dark winter’s nights, until twelfth night.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity would like to thank: headline sponsor Peasgood & Skeates; Venue Audio Visual who recorded the evening allowing it to be screened online and all the other sponsors and the many volunteers who helped to make this event possible.
Source: Press release from Arthur Rank Hospice on 14th Dec 2021