Lights of Love 2016

Lights of Love 2016 - Sunday 4th December

Once again, the weather for Lights of Love was most accommodating.  To hold an outdoor event at dusk on the first Sunday in December is very brave, some would say foolhardy, but that is how it has been for 16 years now; ever since Hospice Hope took over the event from Sue Ryder following the closure of the Staunton Harold Hospice.

Almost 250 people attended on the day, with ages ranging from 1 to 90 years of age. The number of tags placed on the seemed to be more than ever and are a beautiful sight to behold.  We are also deeply moved by the donations sent in to support this year’s event, with £1,842.51 having been received – thank you.

Whilst the statistics are interesting, the real reason behind Lights of Love is to enable people to remember loved ones in a peaceful and moving way.  This is assisted by the excellent playing of the Oddfellows Band and the sensitive and inspiring singing by Concordia.

Mr Andrew Bridgen MP brought those present up to date on the progress of the work of Hospice Hope during 2016 and Hospice Hope is most grateful to Andrew for his serving as a Trustee to the charity.

Hospice Hope was also delighted to welcome the Mayor of Ashby, Mr Michael Ball and his wife, Catherine to the event, Michael spoke a few very appropriate words.

There is no doubt that the ministry of Reverend Tim Phillips of Holy Trinity Church in Ashby, who leads the whole event, brings the whole purpose of Lights of Love into perspective. Comments heard after the event range from “So moving” to “I wouldn’t miss this for the world”.