A poignant remembrance service is due to be held on Saturday November 27 by South Bucks Hospice at a church in Hazlemere.

Everyone is invited from 4pm to 6pm to the Light Up a Life event at Holy Trinity C of E Church in Amersham Road.

Light Up a Life, which aims to celebrate and remember the lives of lost loved ones, is held annually at the hospice and has run for several years. But this year’s event is particularly poignant, says Juliette Coffey, Head of Individual and Family Support at South Bucks Hospice.

“We weren’t able to hold Light Up a Life last year due to Covid-19, so this is perhaps the first time people have had a chance to remember loved ones since the pandemic started,” she explained. “This year’s event is also different for us because we normally hold it at the hospice. We are very grateful to Holy Trinity Church for hosting this for us. It is a great, accessible venue and we hope that more people will benefit by being able to attend.”

The service will include quiet reflection, music, prayers and carols and the chance to light a candle and put memorial stars on a tree to remember loved ones that have been lost. Afterwards guests will be invited to enjoy refreshments including hot drinks and mince pies in the newly-opened Atrium cafe.

The Rev Dom Meering, from the church, said: "We are very pleased to be hosting this service and to work alongside the hospice to serve and stand with all those who have experienced loss."

Former Chiltern District Council Chairman Mimi Harker, a patron of the hospice, has described Light Up a Life as a ‘beautiful ceremony’.

She said at a previous event: “It was very poignant. I had a tear in my eye thinking of people I am missing. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the lives of the people we have lost.”

For more information email info@sbhospice.org.uk