Hospice lights shine through the cold and damp

Pictured is St Lukes Hospice,Festival of Lights Switch On.....'Holymoorside Brass Band playing

Pictured is St Lukes Hospice,Festival of Lights Switch On.....'Holymoorside Brass Band playing

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MORE than 1,000 people made light work of the miserable weather at St Luke’s Hospice on Sunday night.

They turned out in force to show their support for the Festival of Light, which will see thousands of twinkling illuminations in the grounds off Little Common Lane, Whirlow, until Twelfth Night.

Each one represents the life of a loved one, at the same time raising money for Sheffield’s only hospice, with a record amount raised this year.

A spokesman said: “The weather was cold and damp but we still got more than 1,000 people and we were pleased with the turnout. We are easily going to break the £40,000 mark.”

The switch-on ceremony was performed by hospice trustee Audrey Rose, one of the festival’s founders, and patient Margaret Goddard. Music came from the Holymoorside Brass Band and Bolsterstone Male Voice Choir. The hospice is celebrating its 40th anniversary and this is the last Festival of Light before work is due to start on an extension.

The next night saw the official unveiling of the St Luke’s Christmas tree at Sheffield railway station, featuring Oughtibridge Brass Band and Sheffield Harmony Chorus.