Residents of Horsham and Billingshurst attended St Catherine’s Hospice annual Tree of Light services on Sunday evening (December 6).
The services at Trafalgar Road Baptist Church, Horsham, and Trinity United Reformed Church in Billingshurst were a chance for the community to remember loved ones and take time to reflect at the start of the festive season.
They are just two of several such services being held across Surrey and Sussex, including the main event in Crawley, also held on Sunday.
Open to everyone, regardless of whether their loved one had been a patient of St Catherine’s, the Tree of Light is just one way St Catherine’s fulfil its mission of supporting those facing bereavement within the community.
Rev Lisa Rainer, spiritual care lead at St Catherine’s, said: “Christmas can be a really difficult time for anyone suffering bereavement, but we hope this service provided some comfort to everyone who attended. St Catherine’s doesn’t stop caring for people after bereavement. We’re always there to support our local community.”
Donations from the services will go towards funding the hospice’s crucial end of life care for people in community nursing, day hospice sessions and inpatient care at the hospice’s main site in Crawley.
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