Fareham’s Light Up a Life service returns to promote the work of children’s hospice

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THOUGH darkness had descended on Fareham, scores of candles in one pocket of the town beamed in a poignant show of solidarity.

Dozens of people united at the town’s Holy Trinity Church last night as the Light Up a Life service of remembrance returned. 

The Light up a Life service. Picture: Habibur Rahman

The Light up a Life service. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Organised by Naomi House and Jacksplace ambassador Mary Ramsay, the fixture sees local families unite to sing carols before lighting a candle in memory of a lost loved one. 

This year’s service featured performances from the Fareham 50-Plus Choir and Wellstead Primary School in Hedge End, ahead of the ‘passing of the light’ just before 7.45pm. 

Sandra Stapley from Locks Heath went along with her husband Richard, 64.

‘We’ve come to remember our parents, grandparents and pets,’ the 62-year-old said. 

Pupils of Wellstead Primary School, Hedge End holding lit candles at the Light up a Life service. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Pupils of Wellstead Primary School, Hedge End holding lit candles at the Light up a Life service. Picture: Habibur Rahman

‘I can see the children who sang aren’t very old, but they did such a brilliant job of remembering all their words.’ 

Vicki Kneller from Fareham attended with her family, including her 15-year-old son, Sam, who shared a reading at the front of the church. 

The 44-year-old said: ‘I lost my grandmother Patricia a few weeks ago and things are still quite fresh. 

‘I’m so proud of Sam for reading and it was a great opportunity to come along, have a think and remember her.’

The 50-Plus Choir at the Light up a Life service. Picture: Habibur Rahman

The 50-Plus Choir at the Light up a Life service. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Representing Naomi House and Jacksplace, the hospice’s fundraising manager Becky Elliot attended to support organiser Mary – also lighting a candle in memory of a lost friend of her son Ethan, seven. 

Mary said: ‘I’m so grateful for everyone who attended and I hope they can go away proud to say that they took part.’