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Light up a Life attracts nearly 700 to Aylesford Priory

Posted on 13th December 2017

Almost 700 guests joined Heart of Kent Hospice at its second Light up a Life service on Sunday 3 December. The event took place at Aylesford Priory where people gathered to remember their loved ones at Christmas.

Guests arrived to the beautiful sounds of the East Peckham Silver Band before enjoying readings by Father Francis from the Friars and Hospice colleagues and volunteers. Christmas carols were performed by St Francis Catholic Primary School and Allington Primary School, together with a moving solo performance by flautist Holly Walker from Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. Prayers were given by Reverend Colin Terry and the closing words and blessing were given by the Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Reverend James Langstaff.

Sarah Pugh, Chief Executive of Heart of Kent Hospice, explained why the events and Appeal means so much to so many: “Each year our Light up a Life Appeal gives families and friends an opportunity to pause at the start of the busy Christmas season and remember those who are no longer with us by making a donation to Heart of Kent Hospice. Many take huge comfort from remembering their loved ones at this poignant time of year.”

Dorothy Gorman, lost her Mum, Eva, to ovarian cancer in 2007, and has been supporting our Light up a Life Appeals ever since. “Christmas is one of the key times I miss her, so I’ve been making a dedication to the Light up a Life Appeal since Mum died. Whether you’ve lost someone recently or a long time ago; they will always be part of your life’ says Dorothy. ‘I’ve been coming to the events for 10 years now so it’s part of our pre-Christmas celebrations. It’s such a hectic time of year. For me, Light up a Life is a chance to stop, forget everything else and focus on Mum.”

Almost 300 people also attended the first Light up a Life event at Heart of Kent Hospice in Aylesford on Sunday 26 November. Stars dedicated to remembered loved ones with personal messages from friends and families now adorn the Hospice Christmas Tree in its Garden Room. They will be displayed for anyone to visit until 4th January. Donations can still be made to the Light up a Life appeal at Our Appeals or by calling 01622 790195.

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