HUNDREDS of candles burned brightly at a moving service to remember those who are gone but still missed.
St George’s Church in Waterlooville was packed last night as people of all ages gathered for the Light Up A Life service.
The annual event takes place to support Naomi House and Jacksplace, which are hospices for children and young adults near Winchester.
There was some carol singing to open the service, including from Harriet Child who sang Once in Royal David’s City.
A medley of Christmas songs was performed by children from Bosmere Primary School.
And the Fine Voices Choir impressed the audience with their songs, including It’s The Most Wonderful Time of The Year.
In the middle of the service, all the congregation lit their own candles in memory of a loved one.
Some of the people had lost children at the hospice, while others remembered grandparents and friends.
There were poignant readings from Bev Cooper, from Solent Community Group, and Lucy Hart, from Bosmere Primary School.
Fiona Willmot, 43, and Jeanette Capel, 44, came to watch their daughters perform in the choir and both lit a candle in memory of someone.
Fiona, from Havant, said: ‘It was beautiful, it was uplifting. The children’s singing was fantastic.’
Fiona said she lit her candle in a memory of a friend who died a year and a half ago.
Jeanette, from West Leigh, said: ‘It was lovely.
‘I was thinking of my grandparents.’
Sandra Mosely, 73, from Waterlooville, praised the work of the hospices.
‘They are such lovely people,’ she said.
‘It’s a joy to help them.’
Jordan Giattan, 15, from Havant, sang a solo piece in the choir.
‘It was really inspiring,’ he said.
‘I am happy to do something for a good cause.’
Proceeds from the service will go to the hospices.