Families and friends came together for a series special Christmas services to remember their loved ones across the St Giles community.

Hundreds of people attended the St Giles Hospice Light up a Life service at Lichfield  Cathedral, on Sunday December 5, the final service of several traditionally held across the region each year.

The hospice was delighted to be able to host live services once more in 2021, after last year’s Light up a Life services could not take place because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Light up a Life at Lichfield Cathedral in December 2021.

The annual Light up a Life services offer anyone who has lost someone the opportunity to remember them and to celebrate their life. This year services have also been held in Whittington, Aldridge, Burton, Uttoxeter, Four Oaks, Tamworth and Cannock.

Many people attending the services help to fund the work of St Giles by dedicating a light on a Christmas tree, making a dedication on the hospice’s virtual Christmas tree and by leaving the name of their loved one and a personal message in its Book of Memories.

Director of Income Generation for St Giles Hospice, Elinor (corr) Eustace said: “It was lovely to be able to hold all of our Light up a Life services again this year. Christmas is always a very emotional time when people particularly feel the loss of family and friends who have died.

“We were saddened not to be able to host our services last year, as we know how important it is for people to be able to come together – as families, friends or colleagues – to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones at this special time.

“We were committed to bringing our services back as soon as it was safe to do so, and we’re delighted that Light up a Life has returned in its usual format this year and that so many people have been able to join us. Our thanks must go to Lichfield Cathedral and all of our other our wonderful venues across the region for welcoming us back.

“Lichfield Cathedral is a magical setting for what has always been a really touching occasion and we’d really like to thank our Trustee Lindsey Williams for her poignant poem reading, the Rev Dr Robert Bates for leading such a thoughtful service and to the Sutton Coldfield Chamber Choir for their beautiful performances.

“We’d also like to thank our wonderful volunteers who gave up their time on a cold Sunday evening to make sure everything was running smoothly, as well as all of the volunteers at our other services across the region. We really couldn’t host Light up a Life without their support.”

The Book of Memories is now available to view at St Giles Hospice in Whittington and on the hospice website at www.stgileshospice.com/lightupalife