Celebrating the lives of loved ones

Crowds gather to remember loved ones
Crowds gather to remember loved ones

MORE than 1,800 stars were dedicated to loved ones at St Michael’s Hospice’s annual Lights of Love events on Sunday (December 4).

Each autumn, the hospice distributes silver stars as an invitation to take part.

The stars are returned bearing personal messages in remembrance of loved ones and then placed on Christmas trees at locations across Hastings and Rother.

Hundreds attended the church services and tree lighting ceremonies, which took place at St John’s Church in St Leonards, St Mary’s Church in Battle, St Peter’s Church in Bexhill, St Mary’s Church in Rye, St Mary’s Church in Ticehurst, All Saints Church in Hastings Old Town, and at St Michael’s Hospice itself.

Head of fundraising, Perdita Chamberlain, said: “The Lights of Love services provided a fitting way to remember family and friends and celebrate their lives at this special time of year.

“We’d like to thank everyone who took part, especially the vicars who held the services, the volunteers who helped and served refreshments on the day and, of course, to all those who dedicated a star and made the event such a success.”

She added: “Yet again we are amazed by the level of support from the community of Hastings and Rother and wish each of our supporters a very happy Christmas.”

The trees will remain lit and the stars displayed until December 31.