Remember your loved ones at special Suffolk services

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Thanksgiving services paying tribute to lost loved ones, organised by St Nicholas Hospice Care, are being held in Bury St Edmunds and Thetford this festive season.

The annual Bury Light up a Life service, on Sunday, December 11, will combine a church service at St Mary’s Church (6pm), candlelit procession to Angel Hill and a moving ceremony.

Anyone wanting to take part will be offered a candle to carry from the church, as well as have the name of their loved one read out by Hospice staff, volunteers and supporters.

A service will also be held at the United Reformed Church, Thetford, on Wednesday, December 7 (6.30pm).

Sharon Connell, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s chaplain and spiritual care co-ordinator, said: “The Light up a Life events offer people who are bereaved, their family and friends an opportunity to join together and remember those that they have lost.

“It is a chance to celebrate and give thanks for their lives. These services are something we would like the whole community to share in, whether they have been touched by the Hospice or not.”

There is no charge for those attending a Light up a Life service, but donations to the Hospice are welcome.

Kevin Clements, the Hospice’s fundraising and marketing director, said: “We warmly invite families to take part in Light up a Life over the Christmas period to remember a name or simply light a candle.”

Reservations are not required at Light up a Life services, other than the ceremony at the main Hospice site, in Bury, on December 3, from 5pm, where space is limited. For more information or to book a place, go to www.stnicholashospicecare.org.uk/lightupalife or telephone 01284 715572.