Hospice appeal lights up

HUNDREDS of people celebrated the memories of their loved ones at a special carol concert.

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Hundreds gathered at the hospice concert
Hundreds gathered at the hospice concert

Families gathered in Glasgow to pay tribute to relatives at the event held in aid of the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice's annual Light up a Life appeal.

Around 500 people attended the moving ceremony, which brought together friends and relatives who have lost someone special.

The service - held yesterday at St Andrew's Cathedral in Clyde Street - saw guests take part in Christmas carols.

There was a special Order of Service which included the names of the people being remembered.

Heather Manson, fundraising manager at the hospice, said: "It brings a lot of parents, friends and relatives together. As well as being very touching it's also good fun. We sing traditional Christmas carols and it's all about remembering loved ones who the hospice has looked after."

Broadcaster Sally Magnusson hosted the service, while hospice chairwoman Maureen Henderson spoke to the guests.

A minute's silence took place as the people who attended remembered their absent friend or relative.

Those who attended were encouraged to make a donation to contribute to the work of the hospice.

Last year's Light a Life Appeal raised more than £25,000.

At the end of the hour-long event, concert guests travelled across the River Clyde to the hospice at Carlton Place to watch the lights being switched on.

The organisers said each light was dedicated to the memory of someone special.

The appeal is being fronted by the Miles children, who are raising awareness of the work the hospice does for patients and families.

Their dad David, from Burnside, died in November last year at the age of 52 after he was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer.

His daughters Holly, 17, Daisy, 15, Poppy, 10, and son Noah, 8, were overwhelmed with the support David received from the hospice in the weeks before his death.

To create a light online visit www.ppwh.org.uk/lightupalife.

The Evening Times is also backing the hospice's Brick by Brick Appeal to build a new £15 million facility on a site near Ballahouston Park.

rachel.loxton @eveningtimes.co.uk

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