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Hospice halts Light up a Life events to protect community
St Nicholas Hospice Care has made the difficult decision to cancel the last of its in-person remembrance events for 2021.
Light up a Light events in Bury St Edmunds (December 12), Mildenhall (December 14), Newmarket (December 16) and Haverhill (December 18) will now not go ahead.
Sharon Basson, St Nicholas Hospice Care’s clinical services director, said: “Everyone at St Nicholas Hospice Care is deeply saddened to have to cancel the remainder of our in-person Light up a Life events.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for us, but with the Omicron variant spreading as quickly as it is, we feel that this is the right decision.
“While we are extremely disappointed, we have a duty of care, and we must protect those who would have attended the services, our staff and volunteers and the more vulnerable members of the community.
“I’d like to thank everyone who has so far supported our Light up a Life season. Any funds raised will help us continue delivering the specialist care to those across West Suffolk and Thetford facing dying, caring and grief needs.”
The charity will be sharing some pre-recorded virtual services on 21 December, which it hopes will still allow people the opportunity to reflect and remember loved ones.
The services will be specific to each location, and all names which have been shared with the hospice to be read out at services will be included in the relevant online service. Additional names can be submitted here until 6pm on Wednesday, 15 December.
Any names submitted after 15 December will be included in our original Hospice online service which will also be shared on 21 December. Names for this service can also be added using the link above, and need to be submitted by 6pm on Friday, 17 December.
“While I know it will not be the same, I hope that people will be able to watch our online service, and I sincerely hope it will bring them comfort and allow them to reflect and remember their loved ones,” added Sharon.
An online Book of Remembrance has also been set up and that can be viewed by clicking here.