Pendleside Hospice | Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle

Light up a Life remembrance service

More than 600 people came out in the pouring rain on Sunday 17th December to remember and pay tribute to those loved ones no longer with us at this special time of year.
 
The service was led by Hospice Spiritual Care co-ordinator, Chris Cheesemand and featured entertainment from Grace O'Malley and Basics Junior Theatre School.
 
There was a reading by the family of Shabz Saleem, a local man who served in the RAF and was married with two small children.  Shabz was cared for at Pendleside before he died from bowel cancer just before Christmas last year at the age of just 28.
 
10-year-old son James Coan read a very moving poem that he had written with the help of the Pendleside Family Support team in memory of his dad, Daniel, who died in April.  James and his 8-year-old sister Amelia were then joined on stage by mum Danielle to switch on the lights.  Strong winds on the day meant that we were unable to show a video telling the Coan's story but you can watch the video by clicking here.
 
There is still time to remember a loved one by dedicating a light to their memory.  Click here to make your dedication.  After Christmas the names of everyone remembered will be entered into a leather-bound Book of Remembrance, which is kept on display in the Hospice reception area throughout the year.