Over 300 lights shine in memory of loved ones
On Sunday 3 December St Luke’s Hospice held its most meaningful event of the year, Light up a Life. Over 300 people from the local community attended the hour-long event held at in the hospice grounds to remember and celebrate those they have lost. It was a beautiful and poignant evening which included speeches and musical performances.
Local resident Zaynab Chatoo spoke movingly about her Mother who was cared for at the hospice. During her speech Zaynab recalled the care her Mother received at St Luke’s saying ‘The staff and volunteers she interacted with were so caring, it was as if they were almost family in the way that they went above and beyond to look after the patients.’. She spoke about the hospice services saying ‘the facilities at the hospice are outstanding, not only were they able to provide the best medical care but the layout fostered a nurturing environment.’ Zaynab also described how comfortable they felt with their Mother spending her final days at St Luke’s: ‘St Luke's was able to ensure that my mum was able to pass away peacefully with her family around her and religious obligations fulfilled.’
The event ended with a one minute silence to remember those lost and the lighting up of the Hospice tree as well as everyone lighting their own individual candle. The event gives everyone a chance to reflect and remember but also helps raise vital funds towards the hospice. Over £14,000 was raised in memory.
Zaynab ended her poignant speech by saying ‘It’s almost 10 years since my mother was a patient here at St Luke's. I don't think that I will ever be able to repay St Luke's kindness, no matter how many Midnight Walks I walk. St Luke's is a truly special place. I know it certainly holds a special place in many of our hearts and it certainly lit up my mother’s life.’