HUNDREDS flocked to an uplifting Christmas concert held at Blackburn Cathedral on Friday.
Derian House Children’s Hospice annual Lights of Love event saw the spectacular cathedral illuminated by hundreds of Christmas tree lights – each one representing the life of a loved one.
The event also included festive carols performed by St Elisabeth’s Parish Choir, Reddish. One highlight being a poignant rendition of Silent Night sung partly in German – reminiscent of the Christmas Day Truce – to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.
Staff and volunteers from Derian House got involved too, with The Derian Singers choir performing “This is Me” from hit film The Greatest Showman.
Brothers Michael, 21, and Andrew Mills, 19 – who both use services at Derian House – signed the song words in Makaton for the crowd.
Play It Forward Brass Band Ensemble – a group of who give up their time to make music and raise funds to make a positive difference to other people’s lives – also took part.
David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “2018 has been a wonderful year for Derian House. In our 25th anniversary year we have supported more than 350 families from across the North West to make happy memories.
“It has been a year of love and laughter. Of course, there have also been sad times. And Lights of Love is also about remembering the lives of friends and family who are no longer with us.”
Derian House Children’s Hospice is based in Chorley and looks after children and young people with life-limiting conditions across Lancashire and South Cumbria. The charity provides respite and end-of-life care and aims to help families create precious memories that will last a lifetime.