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Communities set to light up the Island in support of the Hospice

Communities across the Isle of Wight are preparing to come together and remember their loved ones at special Lights of Love services in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
A number of events are taking place in towns and villages, alongside two main events that are being held at Earl Mountbatten Hospice at 4pm on Sunday 3 December and Newport Minster at 7pm on Friday 8 December. The services bring together prayers of dedication, hymns, inspirational readings and the lighting of candles, to commemorate lives and loves past.
Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said: “We are very grateful to all those who are organising a Lights of Love service in their local community, which gives everyone wherever they are the opportunity to seek comfort in the solidarity of others at this special time of year. These services offer a time of reflection and pause, where we remember the people that have meant so much to us throughout the years.”
As well as giving people an opportunity to remember those who have died, Lights of Love supports the ongoing work and development of services in the community and at Earl Mountbatten Hospice. By dedicating a light on the Christmas Tree at the hospice, those taking part are also raising much needed funds to support Islanders and their families who facing death and bereavement.
Anyone dedicating a light will also have their loved ones' names commemorated in the Lights of Love Book of Remembrance, which will be on display at both the hospice and Newport Minster services. It will then be on permanent display in the hospice Chapel.
To make a dedication, people can pick up a leaflet in one of the hospice’s ten shops, click here for more information or phone the Fundraising team on (01983) 217300.

See below for a full list of Lights of Love services:

Seaview St Peters Church Garden, 1st December 6pm
Bembridge Holy Trinity Cof E & parade, 2nd December 5pm

Earl Mountbatten Hospice, 3rd December, 4pm

Brading St Mary's Church, 3rd December, 7pm
St Helens The Vine Inn, 3rd December 7pm
Brighstone St Marys Church,  6th December 7pm – 9pm
Cowes Methodist Church, 7th December 6.30pm
Wootton The Cedars Pub, 7th December 6.30pm
Newchurch All Saints Church Hall,  7th December 6pm

Newport Minster, 8th December, 7pm

Shanklin URC, 8th December, 7pm
Isle of Wight Crematorium, 8th December, 7pm
Yarmouth The Square, 9th December 6pm
Rookley Green, 11th December 6.30pm
Ventnor St Catherines Church, 13th December, 7:30pm
Arreton The White Lion Pub, 14th December, 6pm
Lake Thearles Green, 16th December, 12:30pm
Sandown Baptist Church, 16th December, 6pm 
Freshwater St Agnes Church, 10th December, 6pm

"They anticipate my needs and I believe go the extra mile in ensuring the quality of my life is enhanced".


Wendy Young, patient