‘Light up a Life’ memorial services in Uttlesford this December

West Essex and East Herts charity, St Clare Hospice, is set to host a series of heartfelt ‘Light up a Life’ memorial services this December; giving families the opportunity to celebrate the lives of lost loves ones this winter.

Light up a Life is our annual celebration of everything that St Clare stands for – joining together with families from across our community in honour of their loved ones. Candles are lit as we remember, with every shining light representing the life and memories of a loved one. Everyone, of all faiths and none, is welcome to attend these free services.

The services taking place in Uttlesford this year are:

Monday 5 December, St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, 7.30-8.30pm

Sunday 11 December, Hatfield Heath United Reform Church, 4-5pm

For information about the Light up a Life services, requesting a Star, or adding a name to the Book of Remembrance, visit stclarehospice.org.uk/light-up-a-life-2022 or get in touch directly with the Hospice team on 01279 773750 or light@stclarehospice.org.uk

Recycle your Christmas tree with St Clare

 St Clare Hospice’s Recycle your Christmas tree campaign is returning once again this winter! This fantastic recycling programme is an eco-friendly way to dispose of your tree after the yuletide season, whilst also helping your local hospice charity.

Last Christmas we recycled more than 1,200 trees and raised over £18,000 for the Hospice – as well as reducing individual travel to dispose of trees, making it super eco-friendly!

Our team of volunteers will collect your real spruce, fir, or pine trees over three days, on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th and Monday 9th of January 2023, from your front gate or driveway, meaning you don’t have to venture out in the cold! All we ask is for a suggested donation of £12 per tree, which will go towards offering vital support to people living with a life-limiting illness, or experiencing bereavement, near you.

Make your Christmas celebrations a little more environmentally friendly this year – and recycle your tree with St Clare!

This year we will be collecting from the following postcode areas: CB10, CB11, CM5, CM6 1, CM6 2, CM6 3, CM6 4, CM16, CM17, CM18, CM19, CM20, CM21, CM22, CM23, CM24, EN9

Registration will open on Tuesday 15th November 2022. All trees need to be booked in advance. Registration closes at 10am on Tuesday 3rd January 2023. We will be collecting trees on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th and Monday 9th of January 2023.

For more information and to book visit stclarehospice.org.uk/recycle-christmas-tree or call 01279 773750

Christmas Jumper Day 2022

Wear your festive knitwear and help St Clare. We’re calling on our local community to get cosy for St Clare this Christmas!

This year, St Clare is inviting local businesses, schools and organisations to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day. It’s on Friday 9th December, in aid of your local hospice. Groups of all ages are encouraged to support the festive jumper fundraiser.

For information about Christmas Jumper Day visit stclarehospice.org.uk/christmas-jumper-day-2022 or get in touch directly with the fundraising team on 01279 773750

Volunteer with your local hospice

St Clare Hospice are seeking more volunteers to join their 600-strong team of people across their shops, in the community, and at the Hospice site in Hastingwood.

The charity needs people with a range of skills and knowledge – so however much time you can spare, we’ll find the right role to suit you.

Meet new, like-minded people; make a difference; be part of a team; and share your skills with your community.

For more information, and to see the current list of roles available, visit: stclarehospice.org.uk/volunteer or call the team directly on 01279 773704 or email volunteer@stclarehospice.org.uk

GriefLine (01279 945089) – is here to support bereaved people across West Essex and East Herts

GriefLine (01279 945089) is a local resource offering much-needed emotional support via telephone, across West Essex and East Herts, to anyone struggling with their grief around the loss of someone.

GriefLine operates from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. It is run by a team of St Clare staff and volunteers, trained to deliver emotional support to those who are struggling with their grief. Anyone who has experienced a loss, whether recently or in the past, is welcome to call GriefLine. No previous connection to St Clare Hospice is required to access support.

If you would like to speak to someone about the loss of someone, no matter how long ago you were bereaved, the number to call is 01279 945089. GriefLine is free to call, though charges may apply in line with your standard network rate.

For more information on GriefLine, visit: griefline.co.uk