Popular memorial event is back in town

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 June 2014

Anne Banks and Enid Clark

Anne Banks and Enid Clark

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ONE of Weston’s most popular memorial events is being held again in the town this year to pay tribute to lost loved ones.

Anne Banks and Enid Clark are taking part to remember their husbands, who died two days apart.

The Winscombe women have signed up to Weston Hospicecare’s Light Up The Lake together.

Anne and Enid have been friends since childhood and when their husbands died in 2011 they leaned on each other, as well as the hospice, for support.

Enid’s husband Roy was taken ill in May 2011 and was diagnosed with rectal cancer which had spread throughout his body. He was too ill for surgery, so Weston Hospicecare set up a pain management plan to allow him to spend his last few weeks at home with his family.

Anne and her husband Richard only found out he had terminal liver cancer just five days before he died in the couple’s home, two days after Roy’s death.

The two women are joining other bereaved families at Light Up The Lake to celebrate the lives of their husbands.

The event invites hundreds of people each year to write a personal dedication to a loved one on a coloured candle bag, which will be placed around a lily pond.

People will be able to float a flower in the waterfall while listening to songs and sermons specially selected for the ceremony.

Light Up The Lake is being held at the Winter Gardens on July 17 at 7pm.

To sign up for a suggested minimum donation of £10, visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk/events, call 01934 423960 or pick up a flyer from any of Weston Hospicecare’s shops.

This is the third year Weston Hospicecare has run this event and is hoping to raise £3,000, which could pay for running the in-patient unit for an entire day.

There will be a similar event in Burnham at Marine Cove on July 30.

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