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Locals join hospice for Light Festival

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Residents of the High Peak joined Blythe House Hospice in Chapel-en-le-Frith to remember and celebrate the life of someone special at this year’s Light up a Life Festival, which recently took place on the afternoon of Sunday 20th November. Viv Russell, lime and powders director at Tarmac’s Tunstead site, officially switched on the lights.

This year’s festival included a short service by Reverend Richard Mottershead accompanied by performances from Tideswell Male Voice Choir, before the twinkling lights were switched on. The official light switch-on provided an opportunity for people to reflect upon and remember the life of someone special by dedicating a light in their memory. Viv Russell, Director of Lime and Powders at Tarmac in Tunstead, said: “I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to switch on the lights at this very special festival. Every year it comes at a time when many people are starting to think about the festive season, which can be a difficult time for those who have lost loved ones. The Light up a Life festival brings lots of people together who have been helped by the hospice over the years and gives them a chance to remember their loved ones by lighting a candle in their memory.”

Lucy Marsden, Fundraising and Communications Manager for Blythe House Hospice, added: “Our Light up a Life festival was very popular this year with over 200people attending from the local area and across the High Peak, Derbyshire. Again this year we are grateful for Tarmac’s support and involvement in making this a very memorable and special occasion.” Blythe House Hospice provides a range of services to members of the local community who are affected by life-limiting illness or bereavement. The hospice provides carer support, outpatient clinics, bereavement counselling, an information and support centre, a Living Well service and a Hospice at Home service to provide a better quality of life for those suffering severe illnesses.

The starry lights will shine every day for almost two months to represent and celebrate not only lives and events, but also the work of Blythe House Hospice, with all donations from the festival going to the charity and its patients.

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