Remembering lost loved ones in Leeds

LOOKING BACK: A previous year's service at The Light.
LOOKING BACK: A previous year's service at The Light.
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Family and friends across Leeds will tonight remember their loved ones at a special carol service for the YEP’s Light Up A Life Appeal.

Our annual appeal, now in its 35th year, gives readers the chance to sponsor a light on a Christmas tree at The Light shopping centre in the heart of Leeds.

This evening, people from across the city will gather at the tree to see the lights switched on during a carol service in the courtyard of the shopping centre.

The service will also include the unveiling of a special roll of honour listing the names of those with lights dedicated to them.

The board will take pride of place next to the tree for the entire Christmas period.

Over the past few weeks, the names of those being remembered have also been published in the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Donations for Light Up A Life go towards the YEP’s long-running Half and Half Appeal for Leeds’ two hospices - St Gemma’s in Moortown and Sue Ryder Wheatfields in Headingley.

Pete Watson, senior community fundraiser at Wheatfields Hospice, said: “We looking forward to seeing everyone at the Light up a Life ceremony this evening. It’s going to be a very moving evening and a wonderful way for people to come together to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

“We would like to thank everyone for sending in their dedications and generous donations for Sue Ryder Wheatfields and St Gemma’s hospices. Our thanks also to the Yorkshire Evening Post and everyone who’s contributed to this very special event.”

The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal launched in 1982 and has so far raised over £2.9m for the Leeds hospices.