Lights of Love returning to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield to benefit hospice

PUBLISHED: 14:35 03 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:27 03 November 2017

Last year's ceremony included (R-L): Jan Leggetter, wife of Rod Leggetter, Isabel Hospice chairman of trustees, Mayor Lynn Sparks, councillor Patricia Moore, Reverend Josh Young, mayor’s consort Ian Sparks and his and Lynn’s daughter. Picture: Peter Bussey

Last year's ceremony included (R-L): Jan Leggetter, wife of Rod Leggetter, Isabel Hospice chairman of trustees, Mayor Lynn Sparks, councillor Patricia Moore, Reverend Josh Young, mayor's consort Ian Sparks and his and Lynn's daughter. Picture: Peter Bussey

Peter Bussey

This November a local hospice's festive annual "Lights of Love" remembrance ceremony is due to return to Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield.

Val Grice of Welwyn Garden City, who will be remembered by her husband Anthony at this year's ceremony. Picture supplied by Anthony GriceVal Grice of Welwyn Garden City, who will be remembered by her husband Anthony at this year's ceremony. Picture supplied by Anthony Grice

Putting up Christmas trees at eight ceremonies, Isabel Hospice invites people to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away.

Visitors can join in with carols and make a dedication by attaching a silver star to the tree, before the lights are switched on.

The dedications will be saved and available for viewing in all local Isabel Hospice shops.

Welwyn Garden City man Anthony Grice will hang a star for his wife Val, who was cared for in her last days by the charity’s Hospice at Home team.

The tree in Welwyn Garden City last year. Picture: Peter BusseyThe tree in Welwyn Garden City last year. Picture: Peter Bussey

They provided care equipment and at-home nursing free of charge.

Anthony said: “When my wife was seriously ill with cancer, it was her wish that she die at home.

“The help received was amazing.
“What a lovely caring service, I cannot thank them enough.”

Laura Pigott, community fundraiser for the hospice, said: “There is no cost to attend Lights of Love but as a small charity, Isabel Hospice rely on the generosity and goodwill of our local community to help us bring light and hope to families dealing with terminal illness.

Finlay Seaman, 6 years old, hanging a star at the 2016 ceremony in Welwyn Garden City. Photo: Peter BusseyFinlay Seaman, 6 years old, hanging a star at the 2016 ceremony in Welwyn Garden City. Photo: Peter Bussey

“Money raised will go towards caring for more people with a life-limiting condition, across eastern Hertfordshire.”

Dates and times:

Saturday Nov 18, 4pm: Hatfield Galleria

Saturday Nov 25, 4pm: Welwyn Garden City Green, Campus West

Ceremonies will also be held in Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Cheshunt, Hertford, Sawbridgeworth and Ware.

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