A BLESSING was held at Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors to mark the lighting of the Primrose Hospice Lights of Love tree in Redditch, Bromsgrove, Wythall and Alvechurch.
Fr Glenn Reading and Mthr Victoria Barlow, from St. Matthias and St. George Church in Astwood Bank, led the blessing outside the Redditch funeral directors on Wednesday, November 25.
During Lights of Love, people are invited to dedicate a light in memory of a special person who has died.
The tree blessing at Thomas Brothers
Managing director Simon Thomas said: “Here at Thomas Brothers we have always been very proud to support the Primrose Hospice.”
Lights of Love helps to raise money so Primrose Hospice can continue to provide free care and support to people with life-limiting conditions, their families and bereaved adults and children in north east Worcestershire.
Annually, it costs around £1.75million to run the hospice with the charity having to raise just under £1.5million independently through events, grants and trusts and its shops.
Unfortunately, due to Coronavirus restrictions, the annual Lights of Love services organised by Primrose and Thomas Brother could not go ahead this year.
However, the hospice has recorded a virtual service which is available on its Facebook page.
Special time of year
Sally Insley, fundraising manager, said: “Lights of Love is a very special time of year for the community where we can all remember those who are no longer with us.
“We would like to thank Thomas Brothers for their support for the campaign once again.
“It is lovely that they were still able to hold a tree blessing and we thank Fr Reading and Mthr Barlow for carrying out the service.
“Lights of Love is open to the whole community and there is still time to make your dedication to someone this Christmas.”
To make a dedication, click here.