SCORES of people packed into a church to remember their loved ones and raise money for a good cause.
The Light up a Life memorial service took place last night at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, in Osborn Road, Fareham.
The emotional service saw candles lit, hymns sung and readings shared, and offered a chance for families and friends to acknowledge the deaths of loved ones, and to quietly reflect on the past months.
Pupils from St Jude’s Roman Catholic Primary School, in Bishopsfield Road, Fareham, came along to sing, as they do each year.
Claire Dodds is a music teacher at the school and part of the Hampshire Music Service.
She said: ‘There were about 30 children here and we have been practising since September.
‘The pupils were very excited to perform at the church, and in front of so many people.’
Any donations made went to Naomi House and Jacksplace hospices, near Winchester.
The hospices offer support to children with life-threatening illnesses, including those from the Portsmouth area.
Paula Flower, fundraiser at Naomi House, said: ‘It is always an honour to welcome so many people to our Light up a Life services.
‘These important events give our guests the chance to benefit from being in the presence of others who may have experienced a similar loss, while simultaneously helping them to show their support for a terrific cause.’
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