A HAMBLETON and Richmondshire hospice charity has adapted their much-loved Christmas remembrance event to ensure that local people can come together, even when they may be apart.

For more than three years the community has made Herriot Hospice Homecare’s Light up a Life a meaningful part of their Christmas tradition, remembering and paying tribute to loved ones, while supporting local families living with terminal illness to make the most of their time together over the festive season.

This year, the charity is inviting local people to a virtual event to be streamed online on Sunday, December 13 and to dedicate a light on the charity’s virtual Christmas tree in memory of someone in their thoughts this Christmas.

Chief Executive of Herriot Hospice Homecare, Tony Collins, said: “In this year like no other, taking the time to reflect and remember loved ones is more important than ever – and whilst we are unable to gather together in the same way, we have given careful thought to how we can embrace the spirit of Light up a Life, while keeping our community as safe as possible.

“As in previous years you will once again be able to reflect, remember and take a moment for you. Light up a Life symbolises and means so much for the people who take part in it, and for Herriot Hospice Homecare. Every year is different but every year shares common characteristics, including laughter, tears, and reflection.

“This year, for the very first time you’ll have the opportunity to see your light shining brightly on our new and beautiful virtual tree. Each light will sparkle in tribute to a special person and will shine throughout the festive season as a symbol of hope and love."