FAMILIES are set to remember their lost loved ones at an emotional church service.
St Benedict’s Hospice, in Monkwearmouth, will host its Annual Remembrance Service on Sunday at nearby St Benet’s RC Church.
The long-running event, which regularly attracts more than 100 people, will be the last before the hospice moves to its new purpose-built centre in the city.
Fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham said: “The theme of this year’s service is ‘a place of hospitality’.
“Staff from the hospice will participate in readings and music and there will be an opportunity to light a candle for a departed loved one.”
Reverend Caroline Worsfold will lead the service, which is traditionally held on the closest weekend to the St Benedict Biscop religious festival on January 12.
“The event has been running for a long time and is predominantly for those who are recently bereaved,” said Sylvia.
“It is an opportunity for them to remember the friends and family members they have lost and to pay tribute to them.”
St Benedict’s Hospice, in Newcastle Road, is due to move to its new multimillion-pound facility in Ryhope later this year.
The building 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 in a bid to improve care for the terminally ill across the region.
“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,” added Sylvia.
The Annual Remembrance Service will take place on Sunday, at 3pm, at St Benet’s RC Church, The Causeway, Monkwearmouth.
For more information about the charity, visit www.stbenedicts.co.uk.