St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has raised more than £32,000 in memory of loved ones after they welcomed more than 1,500 people to their Light Up a Life event in Lincoln.
The 15th annual celebration began with an open service at Our Lady of Lincoln Church followed by a flaming torchlight procession through Uphill Lincoln to the Cathedral.
“We are absolutely delighted to have raised such an amazing amount from our Light Up a Life campaign in Lincoln,” said Becky Otter, Event Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.
“Our supporters are always so generous and their donations will make a real difference to our patients and their families this Christmas.”
The procession was led by RAF Waddington Pipe Band, followed by members of the Army Cadet Choral Band, and was greeted by songs from a choir before the Tree of Life lights were switched on.
People were then invited to tie messages of love to the railings surrounding the tree before coming together again to enjoy mulled wine and soup.
“It was stunning to see over 1,000 lights shining brightly on our Tree of Life, each one dedicated to the life of someone special who is no longer with us,” added Becky.
“It is heart warming to see so many people honouring the memories of those they have loved.
“Light Up a Life is the perfect opportunity for people to come together and remember loved ones in a positive way whilst finding comfort in each other.
“It is truly a special evening that will remain a firm favourite in our hospice calendar.”