MARIE Curie's Bridgeman Road hospice is hosting a special service for people to remember the lost loved ones closest to them this weekend.

The Lights to Remember event will take place outside the charity’s Bridgeman Road hospice for the first time this year, at Y Kymin on Beach Road, Penarth on Sunday, December 3.

The service, which begins at 6pm, will serve as a poignant moment of remembrance for those in attendance, but will also feature a more festive aspect with carol singing and entertainment, followed by mulled wine and mince pies.

Event organisers at the hospice have thanked those who responded to their appeal to provide wine for the evening, which will be made into mulled wine prior to the event.

Spiritual care coordinator, Claire Wretham, who will open the service, said: “This time of year provides a chance for reflection and the Lights to Remember is a service designed for families, friends and loved ones to come together and remember their lost one, to join with others who are bereaved and to celebrate all that that individual was to them.”

Jill Taylor, who volunteers at the fundraising office in Penarth, will be volunteering at the event for the second year.

“Though it can be an emotional event, it is a very rewarding one to volunteer at,” she said.

“For a lot of people, it’s nice for them to be able to remember their loved one, and have someone to talk to about their memories.”

As well as wine, cups have been donated to the hospice for the evening from Waterloo Tea, Crazy Café and Coffee One in Penarth. Any other Christmas donations can be sent to the fundraising office at the hospice.