Remember loved ones at Guildhall ceremony

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LIGHTS on a Christmas tree will provide a focal point for people to remember loved ones.

The Rowans Hospice is holding its annual Light up a Life ceremony in the Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, at 4pm on Sunday giving people the opportunity to remember special friends and family.

The service is open to anyone who has been bereaved, not just those cared for by the Purbrook hospice.

John Towns’ wife, Eve, was cared for in her final days by The Rowans after being diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

He said: ‘Eve was a wonderful mother and wife. I met her when she was training as a midwife and was completely taken with her gentleness and patience.

‘She trained in London and became a Queen’s Nurse, then later worked as a District Nurse.

‘We were supported by The Rowans Hospice and later when Eve was admitted as an inpatient.

‘After her death my family attended Light up a Life, which gave us a tremendous feeling of unity with others there.’