Loved ones are remembered at hospice service

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland. Elaine Mollet.
Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland. Elaine Mollet.

Hundreds of people from the Calderdale community and beyond joined the team at Overgate Hospice as they remembered loved ones over the festive period.

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.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

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 Overgate’s Treasurer Michael Steele and volunteer Christine Oliver, and all were invited to light a candle before the Tree of Remembrance was officially switched on by Clinical Services Director Ange Walton.

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.’

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

The Light Up a Life appeal is always emotional, however many find that just knowing that a light is burning for their loved one gives them a lot of peace over the Christmas period, which is traditionally about family. It can also help for people to attend one of the services and talk about their loss with others in the community who are experiencing something similar.

Overgate volunteer Chris Richards sai: “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.”

A repeat service was held for those that could not get to the weekend event and the Tree of Remembrance will remain lit until the New Year.

Dedications can still be made by visiting http://lightup.overgatehospice.org.uk

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland. West Yorkshire Police Band.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland. West Yorkshire Police Band.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland. Lesley Philipson and Sandra Philipson place tributes for David Philipson and Margaret Perris.

Light up a Life tree-lighting service at Overgate Hospice, Elland. Lesley Philipson and Sandra Philipson place tributes for David Philipson and Margaret Perris.