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Memories all lit up

Nicci Hayes and Kathy Ancell from the Blue Skies team at the Tree of Lights event

Nicci Hayes and Kathy Ancell from the Blue Skies team at the Tree of Lights event

MORE than 130 people from across the Fylde coast remembered their loved ones during a special ceremony at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The annual Tree of Lights Ceremony, organised by trust charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund and the chaplaincy team, was held on Monday and gave the chance for members of the public to remember friends and family they have lost.

Rev Graeme Harrison, chaplaincy team leader at the hospital, said: “At Christmas time it can be hard for people who have lost loved ones, whether they are recently bereaved or it happened some time ago in the past.

“Almost 140 people attended the event, which we were really pleased to see and we hope in some way it has helped with their loss.

“There were readings and live music and the bereavement team spent time talking to attendees over a drink and some mince pies.

“A lot of people who attended donated money to go towards bereavement care at the trust and to date more than £1,700 has been raised.”

The event included the opportunity to enter names of loved ones into a special Book of Remembrance which will be on display in the Hospital Chapel throughout December.

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