Shedding the light on Christmas with St Albans’ Grove House hospice

CHRISTMAS is a time for thinking about and enjoying family and friends, but for many of us it is also a sad time as we remember special people who are no longer with us.

Iain Rennie Grove House is inviting people to take time out of their busy Christmas preparations to remember these loved ones by dedicating a light on one of their Light Up a Life trees.

The donations received will in turn help fund the charity’s day hospice, 24/7 home nursing services and other support services which make it possible for patients with life-limiting illness to make the choice to be cared for at home surrounded by family and friends throughout the festive season and beyond.

Grove House will be holding Light Up a Life services in three different locations throughout Herts, each with their own tree. Members of the public can dedicate one or more lights on any of the trees to commemorate the lives of people special to them.

Staunch Grove House supporter David Coles has attended Light Up a Life services ever since his wife Anne died after being cared for by hospice nurses.

He said: “I find it so comforting to come to a service before Christmas and I greatly enjoy the opportunity it gives me to have quality time with my memories of Anne. Christmas has been a very difficult time for me since Anne died and this service definitely helps. I also find it immensely comforting that the donation I make helps other people have the same choice that we did: to spend quality time together at home for as long as possible.”

The services are all held by candlelight and everyone attending is given their own candle. The services include carols, readings and time for reflection.

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The St Albans service will be held on Sunday, December 18, at 4pm at the Alban Arena as part of the Mayor’s Carol Service. There will be carol singing with the St Albans City Band, followed by coffee and mince pies in the Council Chamber at the district council offices. To make a dedication, please go to to use the secure online dedication service or download a leaflet. Alternatively call directly on 01442 890222.