Lights will be shining brightly at the hospice once again this Christmas to remember lost loved ones.
Families will be uniting for a poignant service held as part of of our annual Light up a Life appeal, which started in 1998.
The special event is held for people to get together and remember loved ones during the festive period.
The lights will be turned on by a local family who have suffered a close family bereavement during the service of remembrance at 3.30pm on Sunday 17th December, where visitors will join staff and volunteers together to sing seasonal carols.
This year there will also be performances from opera singer Grace O'Malley and the Basics Junior Theatre Group, as well as a video telling the story of the Coan family who will be remembering their much loved husband and father, Danny.
Hospice Fundraising Manager Kaye Bartle said: “Christmas is traditionally a time to get together with family, friends and loved ones to celebrate together; but this can be difficult if that special person who lit up your life won't be here to celebrate with you.
“Light up a Life gives us the opportunity to remember them at this special time of year by dedicating a light that will shine vibrantly all through Christmas and into the New Year.”
The money raised from the annual campaign will be put towards the almost £4 million annual cost of running the hospice.
Kaye added: “Last year raised £112,584 which has been truly outstanding and more than 7000 of our loved ones were remembered by having a light dedicated to their memory. This year we hope that we will raise even more to ensure our vital services keep running.”
Everyone who makes a dedication can receive a beautiful Light up a Life card to acknowledge their donation and a voucher for a Light up a Life pin badge, which are only available to those who dedicate a light.
After Christmas the names of everyone remembered at the service will be entered into a leather-bound book of remembrance, which is kept on display the hospice throughout the year.
There are also Light up a Life candles available to buy in white or ivory by visiting www.pendleside.org.uk or from the Hospice reception or Alderson and Horan Funeral Service.
The appeal is sponsored by Burnley-based Alderson and Horan Funeral Services who have premises on Rossendale Road and Todmorden Road in Burnley and on Burnley Road, Crawshawbooth.