Suffolk Remembers Returns To Felixstowe
St Elizabeth Hospice is asking the people of Suffolk to help them remember loved ones as part of the charity’s annual Suffolk Remembers event. Sixteen large wooden letters, 5,000 candles and hundreds of loved ones will gather in Felixstowe Spa Gardens on June 21 to celebrate and remember friends and family in this unique outdoors celebration.
Tuesday, March 12 marked the 100-day countdown to the event, which takes place on Suffolk Day.
Pauline Donkin, individual giving manager at St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “Suffolk Remembers is fast becoming one of my favourite hospice events. There’s this incredible sense of community on the night as everyone comes together for the lighting of the candles and joins together to remember their loved ones as the sun sets on the longest day of the year. It’s so, so special and is open to anyone, not just people who have had an experience with the hospice or our nurses.
“We want to light up Felixstowe with 5,000 personal memories and people can remember pets as well, as they are very much part of a family and they too are sadly missed. Every candle will bear the name of a loved one.
“Being able to remember and share memories or your loved ones is such an important thing, but quite often it is something we think we can only do in private or by a grave. Suffolk Remembers is all about giving people an open and public way of remembering their loved ones and helping people to connect with other people in a similar situation. We also have live music on the night and it’s a really wonderful experience.
“Each dedication is also replicated on our website and you can go online and make your dedication today and add a photograph and special message. By supporting this event you are also helping the hospice to care for people, and their families, in east Suffolk, to ease pain and restore hope. We’re also delighted to have on board the East of England Co Op Funeral Services as our event sponsors this year.”
Michael Davies, of East of England Co-Op Funeral Services, said: “St Elizabeth Hospice plays such an important part in people’s lives. For us, sponsoring this amazing event is our way of saying thank you to the hospice for all the work they are doing caring for the people in our community.”
Candle dedications can be made online at suffolkremembers.stelizabethhospice.org.uk and are a recommended £5 minimum donation.