East Lancashire Hospice

Blackburn prepares for starry night this Christmas

Hundreds are expected to gather in Blackburn to commemorate their loved ones in a special Christmas service hosted by East Lancashire Hospice.

The annual Light Up A Life service hosted by East Lancashire Hospice allows those who have lost loved ones to make a dedication in their honour, which is usually displayed by way of a Book of Remembrance. However, for 2018, the hospice is giving people the chance to dedicate a ‘star’ on their website.

Each dedication will shine bright at the Light Up A Life service, led by The Very Reverend Peter Howell-Jones, Dean of Blackburn, via a special video shown on the big screen.

This years’ service will be held at Blackburn Cathedral on Monday 10 December at 7.30pm and is open to anyone who wishes to attend and make a dedication.


The Blackburn Music Society, Salesbury C.E. Primary School and Goodshaw Brass Band will be performing at the service alongside singer Ella Constan­ti­nides.

Lianna Champ from Champs Funeral Service, who is sponsoring Light Up A Life, will be reciting a poem in honour of those who are no longer with us.

Lianna said: “At Christmas time there are more reminders of family times and we can feel our losses more deeply. Coming together at the beautiful Light Up A Life ceremony, helps us to know that we are not alone in our times of sadness and loss, that we can face this together as a family, as friends, as a community, and bring those we love closer into our hearts.”

Turning on the Christmas lights at the Cathedral will be special guest Laura Dixon, who raised £10,000 for the hospice in memory of her late mother.

Laura’s mother, Liz, benefitted from support therapies provided by the hospice such as reiki and foot massage. Liz wished to spend her final days at East Lancashire Hospice but unfor­tunately passed away before she could, inspiring Laura to fundraise to support the hospice.

Laura said: “It goes without saying I’d have given anything for one last day with my beautiful mum. She was my best friend. Hopefully another daughter somewhere will now get that one extra, very special, and memorable day.”

Light Up A Life has already received hundreds of dedications which can be viewed on the East Lancashire Hospice website. Donations are still being accepted for this year’s unique Light up a Life service

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