Sheringham Christmas lights service for cancer support

Sheringham Xmas tree fest 2012A charity fundraising team from Macmillan Cancer Support North Norfolk is inviting families to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to cancer, at a Christmas lights service at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham.

The event, which was held for the first time last year, was the idea of Macmillan committee members Diane Evans and Judith Miller, who, after attending a similar event at Norwich Cathedral and losing a close friend to cancer, wanted to do something at Christmas time to support local people affected by the disease.
Mrs Miller, who is a long-standing member of Sheringham-based support group After Breast Cancer (ABC), said the service, which is non-denominational, aimed to offer “hope and love” to the bereaved, as well as to those living with cancer.
St Peters’ Christmas tree will be decorated with lights to represent all those whom folk wish to remember, and those lights will be switched on for the first time during the service. The service will include carols chosen by Mrs Miller and Mrs Evans, as well as readings from north Norfolk MP Norman Lamb and local mayors. Those attending will have a chance to sponsor a light on the church Christmas tree and hang bauble-shaped messages dedicated to friends and family.
Macmillan logo 334Donations will go to Macmillan North Norfolk, which raises around £20,000 a year through legacies, collections and fundraising events including quizzes, raffles and cake sales. They also run a monthly drop-in group at St Peter’s Church Hall to offer information and friendship to anyone with experience of cancer, including patients, former patients, friends, family and work colleagues.
The Macmillan Cancer Support dedicated lights service will be held at St Peter’s Church, Sheringham on December 3 at 6.30pm. Anyone wanting to sponsor a light can collect a bauble from the church. For more information, phone 01263 823578.
This story first appeared in the North Norfolk News.

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