Hundreds of twinkling lights will be lit in memory of loved ones at a range of hospice services this winter.

In the weeks leading to Christmas, there will be six St Richard’s Hospice Lights of Love services or events – offering the community a place to remember and celebrate the lives of their loved ones.

The first two services will be at Worcester Cathedral on Thursday, November 15, at 2.30pm and 7pm.

The evening service will be followed by a procession to St Andrew’s Spire where a Christmas tree will be illuminated.

Services will then be held at the Sacred Heart Church, in Droitwich, on Tuesday, November 20, Pershore Abbey on Thursday, November 29, and Great Malvern Priory on Tuesday, December 4.

A special event, featuring a brass band and festive sing-along, will be held on Thursday, December 20 at the hospice in Wildwood Drive.

Rachel Jones, fundraising manager at St Richard’s, said: “These moving, community services are deeply comforting for the people who attend. Many people attending have had family or friends cared for by the hospice.

“We find each service unites people in their shared experience of missing a loved one, while providing support and solace through lighting a candle and taking time to reflect.

“Last year, nearly 3,000 names were dedicated and £46,591 was raised to help support our specialist care.”

In Malvern, the town’s Rotary Cub has launched its own Tree of Light appeal, which sees people sponsoring lights in the town’s Priory Park to remember loved ones.