Light a star in memory of your loved ones

Lights of Love at St Michael's Hospice
Lights of Love at St Michael's Hospice

St Michael’s Hospice is once again running its Lights of Love service for people to remember a loved one by dedicating a star or heart on a Christmas tree.

Every year in December the St Leonards charity offers this opportunity and this year the trees will be in seven locations across the St Michael’s Hospice catchment area in Battle, Bexhill, Hastings Old Town, Rye, Ticehurst and at the hospice itself in Upper Maze Hill.

This year the hospice is delighted to announce Hastings Crematorium as the latest Lights of Love host. Each star or heart will be placed next to a light on a tree at the location of your choice and the stars remain on the trees until New Year’s Eve.

Services will take place at all seven locations on Sunday, December 7 at 3pm, with tree lighting ceremonies at 4pm. Additionally there will be a non-religious service at the hospice in St Leonards on Thursday, December 11 at 6pm.

Perdita Chamberlain, the hospice’s head of fundraising, said: “I am thrilled to announce Hastings Crematorium as a new venue this year and to be working again with Little Down Farm in Westfield who donate the majority of our Christmas trees. Lights of Love offers a tangible way to remember your loved one at Christmas time. We are delighted to bring the services and trees to venues across Hastings and Rother giving people across our catchment area the opportunity to connect with the Hospice and remember their loved ones.”

To receive a Lights of Love pack in the post please call hospice reception, on 01424 456377, or email with your name and postal address. You can also pick up a pack at any of the hospice shops.