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Hospice lights up life for Christmas’ for lost loved ones

PUBLISHED: 12:00 08 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:21 05 October 2010

Jack and Katie Light, with pals Callun and Kayleigh Grant

Jack and Katie Light, with pals Callun and Kayleigh Grant

Carmen Valino

WELLWISHERS young and old joined in the candlelight service for patients and relatives at East London’s main hospice.

They turned up for St Joseph’s annual Light Up a Life’ event with its huge Christmas tree with hundreds of lights, each dedicated to a lost loved one

WELLWISHERS young and old joined in the candlelight service for patients and relatives at East London's main hospice.

Hundreds turned up for St Joseph's annual 'Light Up a Life' event.

A huge Christmas tree was decorated with hundreds of lights, each one dedicated to a lost loved one.

Pictured by the tree are Jack Light, 15, his sister Katie, 11, and their pals Callun Grant, 16, and Kayleigh Grant, 13.

Every year 700 family and wellwishers attend the annual event at the hospice in Mare Street, Hackney.

Last year it raised £40,000 towards the work of the hospice, supporting people across East and North East London who have been diagnosed with an incurable illness which will bring an end to their live.

All services are free and available to all those who can benefit from it, meeting all the needs of patients and reflecting their ethnic, cultural or religious heritage.

It costs £12 million to run St Joseph's Hospice a year, but only half comes from the NHS. The rest has to be raised by supporters.

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