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Festival of Light 2015

Two special events to celebrate and remember the lives of our loved ones.

Ruby Jackson at the St Luke's Hospice Sheffield Festival of Light 2013

Photo: Ruby Jackson, aged 10, at our Festival of Light in 2013.

Festival of Light is a celebration of life – a special time for our community to gather together and look back on the lives of those special people we have lost – and the joy they brought into our own. We celebrate with two events where people can come together to remember and reflect.

Dedicate a light to a loved one.

Service 1: Sunday 6 December, 5pm at St Luke’s Hospice, Little Common Lane, S11 9NE
Our first event will be at St Luke’s. This will be a friendly, informal gathering and we expect 1,200 people to join us. Held in the beautiful hospice grounds, this will be a standing-only event and will last around an hour. Everyone who attends will be offered the chance to decorate and write messages on special candle bags, which we’ll place in the hospice garden.

Our garden will be illuminated while we take a moment to reflect on the memory of our loved ones; the centrepiece, our Festival of Light tree, will be covered in thousands of bright white lights. Once the lights have been lit, people will be invited to place their Remembrance Cards in the specially created Memory Box. This box will then be displayed in the heart of St Luke’s until 6 January 2016.

Free Park & Ride service for this event
Little Common Lane will be closed for the duration of the event and local parking is extremely limited. If you are driving to the event, please make use of the free Park & Ride service that has been very generously provided by First. Simply park, for free, at Tesco Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 2QB from 4.45pm and a shuttle bus service will take you to the hospice and then bring you back once the event has finished.

Dedicate a light to a loved one.

Service 2: Sunday 13 December, 2pm, Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HA
Our second event will be a week later at Sheffield Cathedral. This will be a more traditional seasonal service of remembrance lasting a little under an hour. There will be seating available for 1,000 people on a first-come, first-seated basis. A tealight will be available to all who come, which will be lit during the service before we dim the lights and take a moment to reflect. Remembrance cards will be collected at the service and placed in the Memory Box at the hospice later that evening.

The Cathedral is easily accessible by public transport, with trams running every 20 minutes before and after the event. There is also plentiful car parking available nearby.

Book of Remembrance
Our Book of Remembrance will be available at both events. In order to allow us enough time to inscribe all the names in this special book, please return your dedicated names no later than Friday 6 November.

Dedicate a light to a loved one.


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