Love shines out for hospice

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More than 800 people gathered at the Winter Gardens Floral Hall in Eastbourne on November 28 to celebrate the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice and remember those cared for over the last 29 years.

St Wilfrid’s was completely overwhelmed by the amount of support shown at the annual Lights of Love Celebration; an event which was markedly different this year.

Christine Clark, Events Administrator at St Wilfrid’s, said: “This was the first year that Lights of Love was held as a single large event and we were delighted that so many of our supporters travelled to celebrate with us.

“The evening was full of reflection, remembrance and was very uplifting.”

Throughout the evening the audience was treated to an array of performances from talented local musicians including the Natalie

Performing Arts Group, the Trafalgar Trio and Ratton School Choir.

Seaford School also sang a heart-warming rendition of Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing’ which tears to a few eyes.

During the concert various staff members spoke about their role and personal experiences of St Wilfrid’s and looked forward to the move to the new Hospice in 2013.

The new site, at Broadwater Way, will enable St Wilfrid’s to continue to cater for the growing needs of our local community.

Yet, it was the heartfelt and uplifting words of the hospice patients that remained the most poignant part of the service.

A selection of beautiful poems, written by patients Pam Hughes and Janet Walsham, touched on the personable, caring and thoughtful nature of the St Wilfrid’s medical staff – care which ensured their last days were both dignified and comfortable.

Whilst the upbeat and humorous anecdotes shared by day therapy patients Adrian, Soo, Gail and Yvonne perfectly captured the essence of happiness that pervades St Wilfrid’s.

As Soo eloquently stated: “St Wilfrid’s is an oasis in an otherwise hectic environment.”

Overall the evening proved to be a wonderful event. Rosemary Keen, of Uckfield, commented: “It really was a fantastic evening which I was thrilled to be a part of.”

As part of the St Wilfrid’s Hospice Lights of Love Celebration you can also sponsor a light on the hospice Christmas tree in memory of a loved one. Anyone who chooses to make a donation will be a sent a silver heart which can be hung on their tree at home.

For more information on how to sponsor a light please contact Christine Clark on 01323 637871, email or visit