Shining bright on the Tree of Life

This year our majestic 30ft Tree of Life will once again stand proudly outside Lincoln Cathedral. We encourage you to visit in your own time and spend a quiet moment reflecting as your loved one’s light shines brightly.

Unfortunately due to the coronavirus, we are unable to allow messages of love to be placed around the Tree of Life as would normally happen. Instead, we ask that you dedicate a light in memory of your loved one(s) and leave a tribute to them online.

You are welcome to visit the Tree of Life once lockdown is lifted until mid-January 2021. This is completely free to do.

Dedicate a light today

Experience the Torchlight Procession LIVE at home

The Torchlight Procession is a unique and iconic celebration for Lincolnshire, and an opportunity for families and friends to join together in remembering loved ones.

This year, join us for our virtual procession from the safety and comfort of your own home. Perhaps you might even like to video call other friends and family so you can experience this emotional moment together. We invite you to join in from wherever you are by lighting a candle of your own in memory of that special someone.

Share your pictures and special memories on social media by tagging us and using #StBLUAL

The virtual procession will feature Finlay from the RAF Waddington Pipe Band playing Amazing Grace outside the Hospice alongside our 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 in our care aged 24. Richard is sharing his story this year to help raise more money for our Hospice.

Anita Willoughby, Clinical Services Manager for St Barnabas will represent our nurses as she carries a torch in memory of all the patients we have 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 our Tree of Life as it is lit. Each light will symbolise a loved one who is being remembered this year through our beautiful campaign.

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Richard’s Story

“Rachael was just 24 when doctors told her she had months to live. We had only got engaged the year before and moved into our first house, so the news hit us like a torpedo.

“Watching Rachael go downhill over the next few months simply broke my heart. Her confidence was shattered, and I felt helpless. This was when St Barnabas Hospice stepped in.

“Rachael moved into the Hospice in Lincoln at a point when we thought she had just days to live. I stayed every single night in the Hospice with her after the nurses kindly pushed two beds together so I could hold her as we slept.

“With St Barnabas’s help, Rachael reached a point where she could go on day trips and then eventually come home for a few days. Sadly, Rachael suffered a stroke whilst at home and the Hospice arranged for her to go straight back in for end-of-life care. The cancer was in her brain and the end was near. Rachael passed away on 11th February 2013.

“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.”

Read Richard’s full story

How to participate


Dedicate a light

Dedicate a light in memory of a loved one, which will shine brightly on the Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral with thousands of others.

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Watch online

Join us on 24th November at 7pm to watch our virtual Light up a Life celebration and Torchlight Procession from the comfort and safety of your own home.

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Visit the Tree of Life

Visit the Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral in your own time once lockdown has ended, where you can spend a quiet moment reflecting.

Dedicate a light