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Hundreds of families celebrated their loved ones at a poignant sell-out lantern-lit procession and remembrance ceremony – raising more than £20,000 for Ashgate Hospice.
The hospice’s new-look Light Up a Life event took place on Sunday and saw more than 450 people attend to help fund end of life care in North Derbyshire.
Around 350 supporters joined the 1.2-mile procession as they lit up the streets of Chesterfield with special lanterns personalised in tribute to their family and friends.
It brought walkers to the hospice’s site at Old Brampton, where they were then joined by more supporters who attended just the ceremony.
Families from across the region and beyond came together to remember, celebrate and pay tribute to their loved ones who are no longer with us.
Their support has helped raise more than £20,000 so far, with donations still coming in. This money will go a long way towards helping to fund vital care for patients and their families.
Chief executive at Ashgate Hospice, Barbara-Anne Walker, said: “Thank you to each and every one of our supporters who braved a chilly December evening to come and join us at our Light Up a Life event.
“December can be an incredibly difficult time of year for many, so we felt it was important to give our community a chance to come together to remember our loved ones.
“This was the first time we were able to hold our Light Up a Life ceremony in person since the pandemic and we are delighted with how the new-look event went – I hope everyone that came along did too!
“From those who walked with us along the procession to our supporters who joined us for the ceremony at the hospice – we’re so grateful for your support and I hope it brings you some comfort at such an emotional time of year.”
The unique remembrance service was led by local celebrant Jonathan Reeve and featured gentle live music from local singer Ariarna Joy in the beautifully lit gardens.
Anyone who would still like to remember their loved ones from home whilst supporting the hospice’s Light Up a Life appeal can donate and receive a special lantern which can be personalised with a photo of their loved one and a special message. They will also be sent an electric light to place inside their lantern.
Click here and find out more about how to support Ashgate Hospice’s Light Up a Life appeal this winter.