Shining bright on the Tree of Life

This year our majestic 30ft Tree of Life will once again stand proudly outside Lincoln Cathedral. 

If you can’t make the Torchlight Procession, or you would just like to go at another date, we encourage you to visit in your own time and spend a quiet moment reflecting as your loved one’s light shines brightly.

Seeing the tree is completely free.

Dedicate a light today

Experience the Torchlight Procession

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.

Our Torchlight Procession is returning for 2021. The Torchlight procession is a poignant event held in Lincoln that sees hundreds of people, young and old, walk to the Cathedral carrying flaming torches in memory of loved ones. In order to remain COVID secure, if you wish to take part in the procession, you must sign up before November 21st 2021.

Join our Torchlight Procession

Steve's Story

“Mum had volunteered for St Barnabas since 1994, working on the Inpatient Unit in Lincoln to support patients and families with cups of tea, friendly smiles and a listening ear during tough times. Many years into this role, my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and also spent time at this wonderful sanctuary receiving care. 

“After Dad died, Mum carried on volunteering, determined to make a difference wherever she could. But then last year, during the height of the pandemic, I drove her to hospital for some blood tests after she fell ill at home. 

“It was so hard watching them wheel her inside without me, but nothing compared to the feeling when the hospital called me and told me she had cancer and it was terminal. I also found out that she had tested positive for coronavirus. It is difficult enough to hear that you are going to lose a parent, but to not even be able to hug and reassure her was devastating. 

“When I spoke to her, she said “I want to go to St Barnabas; I want to be with my second family.” I made the relevant calls and her colleagues did the rest, giving her a private room to ensure the safety of other patients from the virus. It meant absolutely everything to her that she could spend her last few days there, I can’t thank the nurses enough for all they did. 

“The year before she died, Mum was asked to share Dad’s story as part of the Hospice’s Light up a Life campaign, and this made her so proud. I feel humbled to now be sharing Mum’s story this year and will be dedicating two extra special lights to remember them both.”

Read Steven’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.

Dedicate your light

Watch online

Join us on 23rd November at 7pm to watch our virtual Light up a Life celebration from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Tune in onto this webpage 7pm 23/11

Join the Torchlight Procession

Join us on 23rd November at 7pm as we walk alongside hundreds of people, young and old, walk to the Cathedral carrying flaming torches in memory of loved ones.

Join our Torchlight Procession