What to expect from St Leonard’s Hospice in December

by Jared Smith
by Kathryn Craven

Well, it’s that time of year again, and what a year it has been for us all!

This year has undoubtedly been a difficult year and everyone has had their own challenges to face; but, as we come to the end of 2020, I wanted to tell you something positive…we are still able to hold our ‘Light up a Life’ campaign, albeit with a twist on our previous events!

Christmas can be a very reflective and moving time of year, as your thoughts turn to your loved ones, both those who are sadly absent throughout this special season or to friends and family who have simply been your shining light this year. We invite you to dedicate a light to both remember and celebrate these exceptional people.

Our four Christmas trees in St Helen’s Square York, Selby Abbey, the Hospice grounds and Easingwold Market Place will all bear hundreds of twinkling lights, each one representing someone special. Each name will also be recorded in our Book of Honour which will be placed in the Sanctuary at the Hospice, Selby Abbey and Easingwold Methodist Church; it will also be available to view online.

Sadly, this year, we are unable to hold our usual moving services around our Light up a Life trees. Therefore, as an alternative, we will be screening a virtual service on Sunday 13th December 2020. This has been filmed at Selby Abbey and will include many familiar faces such as the Shepherd Brass Band. A special home pack has been created including an order of service and a candle.

If you would like to know more and dedicate a light on one of our four real Christmas trees please visit: www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/Help/Events/LUAL

Alternatively, you can dedicate a light on our virtual trees on our website, to share with friends and family. Visit: www.stleonardshospice.org.uk/VirtualTree

All that is left for me to do is to wish you all a very Happy Christmas! I hope you all find a way to connect with your loved ones in one way or another — after all, isn’t that what Christmas time is all about?

See you next year!

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