Light up a Life event to take place in Southsea

REMEMBERING Candles light up Canoe Lake. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (104163-7)
REMEMBERING Candles light up Canoe Lake. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (104163-7)

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CANDLES will be seen floating across Canoe Lake in the memory of lost loved ones.

The Rowans Hospice will be hosting its annual Light up a Life service later this month.

The poignant occasion gives those who have lost loved ones the opportunity to come together to remember and cherish the many happy memories of their lives.

This year’s service takes place on Friday, December 21, at 5pm.

It will include carols and readings, led by the Purbrook hospice’s Chaplain Lance Blake.

Lights will be floated on Canoe Lake to represent all those being remembered.

More than 1,000 people have already confirmed they are attending the event and have made a dedication to remember someone special.

Hannah Wilding, events fundraiser at the hospice, said: ‘The festive season can be especially difficult for those coping with loss.

‘This simple act of remembrance is a poignant and meaningful way to celebrate, with reflection and hope, all those we miss at Christmas.

‘This is an inclusive service open to anyone who is bereaved, not just those who have had contact with the hospice.’

It’s not too late for people to take part in the service.

You can register online, or call the hospice.

In return you are sent a Light up a Life card to display at home and invited to light your candle during the service to place on a raft, which will be floated out on Canoe Lake.

For more information visit rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 8533.