MORE than 600 people attended Barnsley Hospice’s recent ‘Light up a Life’ remembrance services to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have died. The appeal has been running for almost two decades and offers people the opportunity to make a donation and dedicate a light in memory of someone they’ve lost.

The trees were illuminated in the services that took place at St Mary’s Church in the town centre on Sunday, December 4 and Thursday, December 8. The services included performances from Tom Masters and Oliver Harris, and the Mayor of Barnsley Sarah Tattersall and Dan Jarvis delivered readings. Dan said: “I was very proud to support Barnsley Hospice’s Light up a Life service. “The hospice staff and volunteers do incredible work providing specialist and compassionate care to Barnsley residents and their families. “It has been a tough year, but local people have been phenomenally generous in supporting the hospice. “I know the festive period can be a difficult time for people coping with bereavement and it was heartening to see the Barnsley community spirit in action, with so many coming together, rallying in support of one another.” Chief executive and nurse at the hospice, Martine Tune, added: “Light up a Life is always one of the most poignant dates in our calendar, and this year was no exception.

“It is a privilege to provide an opportunity for our local community to come together and remember those who have died – especially in the run-up to Christmas. “Thank you to everyone who attended the services and supported the event, especially in such chilly weather conditions.”