Hundreds of people from across Suffolk gathered on Felixstowe seafront, alongside the St Elizabeth Hospice team, to mark the charity’s annual Suffolk Remembers event which once again brought Suffolk Day to a close on 21st June. Taking place from 9pm-10pm, as the sun went down on the Suffolk coast, this year’s event saw live performances from Ipswich singer Roma Manteiga-Nicholson, Pop Chorus choir and Martlesham Brass as well as a number of poetry readings.
As is tradition, the words ‘Suffolk Remembers’ were illuminated along Felixstowe seafront on the longest day of the year, while hundreds of people gathered to remember their loved ones and leave a candle dedication; with all the letters sponsored by local businesses, including Jackamans Solicitors, in support of the hospice. This year there was a record number of candle dedications, with over 640 loved ones remembered.
Catherine Sheppard, Supporter Campaigns Fundraiser at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “It was a privilege to join once more with the local community to mark Suffolk Remembers and celebrate the lives of friends and family who brightened up our lives and made Suffolk the county we know and love.
“Thank you to everyone who attended and made a candle donation to the hospice. Also, thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who made Suffolk Remembers possible.”
Sponsored by East of England Co-op Funeral Services, Suffolk Remembers is a free to attend event, but with each dedicated candle the hospice kindly asked supporters to consider making a donation to the independent Suffolk charity, which cares for those living with a progressive or life-limiting illness, and their families, throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney.
Each dedication also included a photo and a message to a loved one which was included in the Suffolk Remembers’ online gallery, as well as the physical, battery candles displayed at the event.
St Elizabeth Hospice is an independent Suffolk charity providing free services to improve life for people living with a progressive or life limiting illness throughout East Suffolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney. Centered on an individual’s needs, the hospice provides specialist support, whenever and wherever it is needed, whether at home, in the community, or at the hospice. Over the last year over 4000 patients and their families have been supported.
To find out more about St Elizabeth Hospice call 01473 723600 or visit www.stelizabethhospice.org.uk.
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