St Barnabas Hospice to launch virtual Light up a Life campaign

St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting their annual Light up a Life campaign virtually this month, which will see families and friends join together to remember loved ones this Christmas.

The campaign usually sees a Light up a Life celebration in local churches and a Torchlight Procession through Lincoln, but these will be online this year in keeping with government guidelines.

Held on November 24, there will be a service which will include touching readings, music and time for quiet reflection, and candles will also be lit in remembrance of loved ones.

Following the service will be a virtual Torchlight Procession which will feature Finlay from the RAF Waddington Pipe Band playing ‘Amazing Grace’ outside the Hospice alongside two torchbearers.

Richard Pullen, long-standing St Barnabas supporter and Light up a Life ambassador will be carrying a torch for his fiancé, Rachael, who sadly died aged 24.

Anita Willoughby, Clinical Services Manager for St Barnabas will represent the St Barnabas nurses as she carries a torch in memory of all the patients cared for over the past 38 years.

Richard and Anita will walk the procession route to the west front of the Cathedral, where Canon John Patrick will bless the Tree of Life as it is lit.

Each light on the tree will symbolise a loved one who is being remembered this year.

Richard said: “After losing Rachael, Light up a Life took on a whole new meaning for me.

“I found I could dedicate a light in her memory to shine brightly on the Tree of Life each year.

“Rachael was the light of my life every single day and this tribute seems so fitting.

“Please join me in shining a light to remember someone special this Christmas.

“The world is a scary place for many right now and I know that the lights of our loved ones will give people hope for better times.”

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