Lesley (third from right) with her family
Eight celebrations will be held across Lincolnshire throughout November and December to remember loved ones who are missed
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is inviting the local community to celebrate the life of someone special at their annual Light Up a Life celebrations.
These unique celebrations are a special time for families and friends to join together in remembering the people that they love, who are no longer with us.
Each event will feature touching readings, music and a time for quiet reflection; candles will also be lit in remembrance.
Jason Wilkinson has always supported the hospice, but it has become particularly poignant since the death of his mum to cancer in 2014.
Jason, 40, Lincoln, said: “We were devastated to hear that Mum’s cancer was terminal especially when she was given just two years to live.
“St Barnabas Hospice played a crucial role in her last months as she was able to benefit from the services available at their Day Therapy centre. Mum would take part in T’ai Chi, relaxation and sleep classes which helped her with the physical side of the symptoms she was suffering.
“What’s more, the hospice allowed Mum the opportunity to make friends and meet people who were in a similar situation to her own. This gave Mum a real sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning. Quite simply, they gave her a lease of life that I don’t think would have been possible without the hospice.”
Jason and his family will attend the Light Up a Life celebration held in Lincoln which is followed by a torch-lit procession from Claytons Sports Ground to Lincoln Cathedral.
“This year we will be attending Light Up a Life as a family to mark the second year without Mum and to celebrate her life. We will light our torches in her memory and send her a message of love on the Tree of Life,” he said.
Since the death of his mother, Jason and his family have found themselves receiving care and support from St Barnabas Hospice.
Jason said: “The wonderful thing about St Barnabas is that they looked after the whole family and supported us every step of the way. They have helped my younger sister with bereavement counselling, and I know that if I ever need them, they will be there for me too.
“That’s why I hope you will be able to join us at Light Up a Life as we come together to remember those who brought joy to our lives and to support St Barnabas Hospice to care for more families like ours.”
Each Light Up a Life celebration will last approximately 1 – 1.5 hours, are free to attend and open to everyone, regardless of faith. There is no need to book in advance.
Lincoln – Tuesday 22nd November, 6pm, Our Lady of Lincoln Church followed by a torchlight procession from Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln LN2 4BH, 7.30pm
Skegness – Sunday 27th November, 2.30pm, The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness, PE25 1BY.
Boston – Sunday 4th December, 2.30pm, The Hive, Boston West Academy, Sussex Avenue, Boston, PE21 7QG.
Louth – Sunday 4th December, 3pm, Louth Methodist Church, Nichol Hill, LN11 9NQ.
Spalding – Sunday 4th December, 4pm, St John’s the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, Lincs, PE11 1JQ.
Sleaford – Monday 5th December, 6.45pm, Sleaford Methodist Church, Northgate Sleaford, NG34 7BH.
Grantham – Tuesday 6th December, 6pm, St Wulframs Church, Church St, Grantham, NG31 6RR.
Gainsborough – Tuesday 6th December, 6.30pm, United Reformed Church, Gladstone Street, Gainsborough, DN21 2JR. Followed by a torchlight procession to the Tree of Life at approximately 7.15pm