Hundreds join Overgate at Light Up a Life service

Lighting candles at Overgate Hospice
Lighting candles at Overgate Hospice

Hundreds of people from Calderdale and beyond gathered at Overgate Hospice as the Tree of Remembrance was officially lit in the Hospice grounds.

The Light Up a Life appeal invites people to dedicate a light on a Christmas tree to those that cannot be with them over the festive period.

Visitors were welcomed by Overgate Chaplain Tina Turner, and throughout the service sang carols accompanied by the West Yorkshire Police Band and the Elland Male Voice Choir. Touching readings were made by members of the Overgate Board of Trustees Anne Moncrieff and Brian Craven, and all were invited to light a candle before the lights on the Tree of Remembrance were officially switched on.

Overgate volunteer, Chris Richards, said: “It was a beautiful event; very emotional.

“It is comforting to know that a light will be shining for those that I cannot be with this Christmas.”

Overgate’s Community Fundraiser Claire Bradley said: “Light Up a Life is such a beautiful campaign and I am so proud to be a part of it. I would like to thank everyone who has taken part for making it so special, and for supporting the Hospice during what can be a testing time of year for our patients.”

For those who were unable to attend as the tree was lit on Sunday a repeat service will take place on Thursday 15thDecember at 6:30pm.

The Tree of Remembrance will remain lit until the New Year.

Dedications can still be made by visiting www.lightup.overgatehospice.org.uk