North Devon Light Up a Life appeal launched for Christmas 2015 with North Devon Hospice and Childrens Hospice South West.

Keep the light of memory alive this Christmas by honouring a loved one through the Light Up a Life appeal.

Once again, the Gazette is supporting the annual remembrance appeal to raise money for the vital work of North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW).

Now in its 19th year, it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charities and given comfort to thousands of people whose loved ones are gone but not forgotten.

People can make donations for candles to be lit in their memory and for their names to be entered into books of remembrance.

Plus, between now and Christmas they can attend 22 special services across the region.

This year the launch at St John’s Garden Centre reflected all the ingredients that go into it, so organisers gathered with candles at the ready, service sheets prepared, mince pies baked and a Christmas tree.

Gazette editor Andy Keeble said: “This paper has had a proud association with the appeal and through all that time it has had fantastic support from our readers, who make Light Up a Life what it is.”

Gerard Fawcitt, from North Devon Hospice’s fundraising team, added: “Christmas can be a difficult time for those being cared for by North Devon Hospice, but the support of local people through this appeal helps us make it special and meaningful.”

Emma Perry, senior community fundraiser at CHSW, said: “Being able to display your loved one’s name in the Book of Remembrance and capture their memory in candlelight is a beautiful way to remember those who are not with us anymore.”

Light Up A Life services across North Devon

(Joint services unless stated)

Friday, November 27

Bude: St Martin’s United Reform Church, 7pm

Sunday, November 29

Hartland: Stoke Church, 3pm. NDH

Tuesday, December 1

Marwood: Methodist Church, 6.30pm

Wednesday, December 2

Fremington: Methodist Church, 7.30pm

Friday, December 4

Barnstaple: Christchurch, 7pm. CHSW

Sunday, December 6

Appledore: St Mary’s Church, 10am. NDH

Chagford: St Michael the Archangel, 5pm

Combe Martin: Methodist Church, 6.30pm

Monday, December 7

Mortehoe: St Mary’s Church, 6pm

Chulmleigh: St Mary Magdalene, 6.30pm

Braunton: Christ Church, 7pm.

Wednesday, December 9

Barnstaple: St Peter & St Mary Church, 1pm. NDH

Sampford Courtney: St Andrew, 6.30pm. CHSW

Bucks Mills: St Anne’s Church, 7pm. NDH

Thursday, December 10

East-the-Water: The Bethel, 7pm

Barnstaple: Grosvenor Church, 7pm.

Friday, December 11

Torrington: Methodist Church, 7pm

Saturday, December 12

Bideford: Pannier Market, 6pm

Holsworthy: Methodist Church, 7pm

Sunday, December 13

Northam: Methodist Church, 4pm. CHSW

Ilfracombe: St Philip and St James, 6.30pm

Wednesday, December 16

Woolsery: All Hallows Church, 7pm