Tree of Light launched

WESTON Hospicecare is launching its annual Tree of Light appeal over the Christmas season.

The Uphill-based charity is encouraging people to dedicate a Christmas tree light in memory of a loved one.

A dedication service, featuring readings, carols and prayers, will be held when the lights are switched on at the Sovereign Centre’s Christmas tree at 4pm on November 27.

For the first time, the charity is also offering people the opportunity to ‘Light Up a Life’ with a hospice candle flare.

All flares will be lit at the same time to create a stunning chain of light at a ceremony in Weston’s Clarence Park at 5pm on December 15.

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The dedication candle flare tag and suggested minimum donation of �12.50 must be completed before the event.

As a symbol of the light shining from the Sovereign Centre, two other trees will also glow at Cadbury Garden and Leisure and Bristol International Airport - and an additional ceremony will be held at Cadbury on November 25 at 7pm.

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In return for a donation to the charity, dedications will be listed in a special book of remembrance.

These can be made at the trees, in any Weston Hospicecare shop, or by visiting

Karen Murphy, the hospice’s chaplain and spiritual leader, said: “Christmas is a time when people’s thoughts focus on the people they’ve loved and lost.

“Many feel sad that someone is missing from their festive celebrations so the Tree of Light appeal has always been a popular way for people to acknowledge them with a special and personal message.

“We hope that the addition of the Light Up a Life ceremony at Clarence Park will this year offer another opportunity to do this.”

The charity’s annual Christmas service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving takes place at 4pm on December 4 at Christchurch, Montpelier.

For more information on the appeal call 01934 423960.

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