More than a thousand people were remembered by families, friends and loved ones this weekend during a special candlelit service for charity at St Chad’s Church in Shrewsbury.

Severn Hospice’s annual Lights of Love service gathers people  from across Shropshire and Mid Wales to reflect and remember those no longer with us this  Christmas.

The name of each person remembered received a handwritten dedication  placed on a star in the hospice’s  Christmas tree. The service culminated with the lighting of the tree and candles being held by the congregation as they held a moments’ reflection.

Lucy Ruff, fundraising manager at Severn Hospice, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who joined us at St Chad’s on Sunday, it was very moving see so many people come together to remember loved ones close to our hearts and in our thoughts whether separated by miles, months or years.

“Each light in our tree shines out not only for their loved ones but also for the families we support today and in the future. Our tree will now form part of the church’s tree festival and remain a focus for memory and reflection right through the festive period.

“Special thanks to everyone at St. Chad’s for making us feel so welcome again this year and our wonderful volunteers who do so much to support our hospice. Thanks also to Newport Male Voice Choir and Wem Jubilee Band for their splendid performances and Christina Graham for her beautiful reading.

“The money we raise through our Lights of Love appeal will helps us be there for those who need our help this Christmas and throughout the year.”

The Lights of Love tree will remain in St Chad’s throughout Christmas as a focus for reflection and as part of the church’s Christmas Tree Festival.

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