Residents are set to come together to remember loved ones at a Tree of Light service held in Billingshurst.
The service, which will take place on Sunday, December 4, will include Christmas carols and readings. It has been jointly organised by local hospice provider St Catherine’s Hospice, with the churches. The Tree of Light offers bereaved friends and relatives an opportunity to reflect on the year and honour those who’ve touched their lives but are no longer here.
Everyone who attends is invited to write a message and dedicate a special star to their loved one, and place it on the Tree of Light, in return for a donation to the hospice.
There will also be a Book of Remembrance.
The event is open to everyone in the community, regardless of whether they have had a relative cared for by St Catherine’s. The organisers would like as many members of the local community as possible to join in.
Amongst the 2,000 local people cared for by St Catherine’s last year, 80 per cent of patients received care in their own homes, including in and around Horsham.
Each year the hospice needs to raise £6 million to fund its free care and every donation helps; £35 could pay for a patient’s essential medical supplies, whilst £50 could provide counselling for a grieving child.
There will also be Tree of Light services held on December 4 at Holy Trinity Church in Horsham at 6.30pm, and at St Margaret’s Church in Warnham at 6.30pm.
For those who can’t attend any of the above Tree of Light services, there is another Horsham service taking place the following week on Sunday, December 11, at St Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane, at 6.30pm.
There are also other services taking place across Sussex and Surrey.
For full details visit www.stch.org.uk/treeoflight.
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