Christmas stars will shine to remember lost loved ones

114152-462_ROWANS_STARS_SR_22/11/11'The stars created by children who took part in the moonlit meander.''Picture:Steve Reid 114152-462

114152-462_ROWANS_STARS_SR_22/11/11'The stars created by children who took part in the moonlit meander.''Picture:Steve Reid 114152-462

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THEY capture the cherished memories of lost loved ones.

Now these home-made stars will be used to decorate a Christmas tree in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square to remember those no longer here.

They have been created by each of the 550 children who took part in the Moonlit Memories Meander – a sponsored walk around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the naval base – for The Rowans hospice last month.

At the end of the walk, youngsters placed their stars on to a display board.

Some were creative with designs, using tinsel, glitter and stickers.

Messages were written about loved ones, with some carrying pictures.

One reads: ‘My lovely nanny, a new star in the sky.

‘I love you and miss you and I always will.’

Hospice staff were so overwhelmed by the response, they decided to display them in the reception area of the Purbrook hospice.

The stars will also be displayed at the hospice’s Light Up A Life service, which takes place in Guildhall Square on December 11.

During the annual celebration people pay tribute to friends and relatives by dedicating a light on the huge Christmas tree that stands in the square.

Amanda Mahoney, PR and events fundraiser for the hospice, said: ‘We were completely overwhelmed with the response and the stars were all absolutely amazing.

‘The display looked so fabulous on the evening that it was decided to put them on display in the reception of the hospice.’

The service, which starts at 4pm, is open to anyone who wants to remember a lost relative or friend.

Those who make a donation to dedicate a star get a card with a star, which can be brought to the service.

If you would like to make a donation in memory of a loved one, call (023) 9223 7146.

To find out more visit rowanshospice.co.uk.

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