HUNDREDS of people holding beautiful lanterns helped to light up the night sky over Ragley Hall recently in memory of loved ones.
More than 200 people attended Primrose Hospice’s second Lantern Walk last Saturday evening, February 1, raising more than £2,500 for the Bromsgrove-based hospice.
Fairy lights and lanterns lit the 1.5 mile route through the stately home’s stunning gardens as families and supporters weaved their way along the trail.
At the end of the route, heartfelt messages to lost loved ones were left on a memory tree while the Primrose Choir sang a medley of fitting songs.
Emma Williams, fundraising manager at Primrose Hospice, said: “We couldn’t have asked for a better evening or venue for our Lantern Walk.
“As the sun began to set on a clear winter’s night, it was lovely to watch the trail of lanterns in the dusk.
“Afterwards, it was really touching to read some of the messages left on the memory tree which really brought home what a special event this is to our community.
“A big thank you to everyone who came along and helped to raise so much money.”
The Lantern Walk was sponsored by Thomas Brothers Funeral Directors and Green Breeze Ambient.
The Primrose Hospice’s services are free, however it costs around £1.75million to run annually.
The hospice must raise £1.5million of the total itself through events such as the Lantern Walk, its charity shops, donations from the community as well as trusts and grants.
The next event to raise money for Primrose is the Business Breakfast which takes place at Chateau Impney, Droitwich, on Thursday, February 13 from 9am.
Tickets, costing £30, are available from the hospice website.