FAMILIES remembered their lost loved ones at an emotional church service.
St Benedict’s Hospice, in Newcastle Road, Monkwearmouth, hosted its annual remembrance service at nearby St Benet’s RC Church on Sunday.
The long-running event, which attracted more than 100 people, was the last before the hospice moves to its new purpose-built multimillion-pound centre in Ryhope.
Fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham said: “As St Benedict’s Hospice moves from Monkwearmouth to Ryhope later this year, we hope that it will continue to be a place of hospitality to those needing palliative care in Sunderland and beyond.”
The Rev Caroline Worsfold led the service, which is traditionally held on the closest weekend to the St Benedict Biscop religious festival, on January 12.
The new centre will provide 14 in-patient beds as well as support for as many as 16 patients in a daycare facility.
There will also be a specialist education centre, providing training to staff to improve care for the terminally ill across the region.