Hundreds expected for Light up a Life

Residents in south east ‘in hibernation’

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A POIGNANT service to remember lost loved ones is set to have hundreds of people attend.

The annual Light up a Life event, organised by the Rowans Hospice, already had 1,000 people down to be there.

But following a story in The News, a further 600 people will also be involved in this Friday’s service.

The hospice estimates 4,000 people will be there on the night.

During the service candles will be floated across Canoe Lake, Southsea, in the memory of lost loved ones.

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.

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, including those that have not been helped by the Purbrook hospice.

The candle service is expected to take place from 5pm to 6pm, with the carols and readings taking place after.

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