Sisters light a life in dad’s memory

Memories: Janet Murray and Pauline Bamber with dad
Memories: Janet Murray and Pauline Bamber with dad
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A family will remember their dearly departed dad by sponsoring a light at a memorial display at a Lancashire hospice.

Sisters Janet Murray and Pauline Bamber have pledged a donation to St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall near Preston in return for a bulb in the Light Up A Life display in memory of their father Vivien Stevens, known as Steve.

It will be one of hundreds burning brightly from the hospice grounds throughout December and across the festive period, creating a tribute to loved ones who will be missing from the celebrations this year.

Mr Stevens, from Walton-le-Dale, who lived with emphysema for 10 years, died at the hospice in October. The 75-year-old had been transferred to the inpatient unit from Royal Preston Hospital when his condition deteriorated after suffering a stroke.

Janet, a teaching assistant from Walton-le-Dale, near Preston says being part of the Light Up A Life initiative will be a comfort for the family, which includes mum Barbara, as they face their first Christmas without him.

Janet, 54, said: “Losing our dad is still very recent and there are days at the moment when we still can’t believe he is no longer here.

“Christmas without him will be tough, but it feels comforting to know there will be a light burning brightly in his honour at the hospice over the festivities. Knowing he died there and not in hospital is another comfort to us all. St Catherine’s Hospice is a place of tranquillity and calm and is full of so many caring people who made sure my Dad was as peaceful and comfortable as possible in his last few days.”

St Catherine’s Hospice organises the memorial event every Christmas as a way for people to remember loved ones.

The bulbs will be lit on Tuesday December 4 following a short service of dedication. The name of each person remembered will be entered into a book kept in the hospice chapel through the year.