LET there be light!
Thousands of twinkling illuminations shone out around the grounds of a Sheffield hospice as the charity celebrated its annual Festival of Light.
St Luke’s Hospice on Little Common Lane, Whirlow, was transformed into a Christmas wonderland by the tiny lights, each one representing a life and accompanied by a personal dedication.
The lights will illuminate the grounds every evening until Twelfth Night.
Hundreds of people turned out on a chilly December night to watch the big switch-on.
Every year the event is popular with families who have lost loved one as well as staff and volunteers.
This year’s event – the 15th of its kind – raised more than £35,000 for the charity, and will be the last festival before work starts on the hospice’s new extension.
The ceremony featured music from the Holymoorside Brass Band, as well as community carol singing, mince pies and hot drinks to keep the cold at bay.
One of the beverages on offer was specially made for the occasion by St Luke’s chef Mick Matthewman.
The mulled wine was made to a special Matthewman family recipe using 60 bottles of red wine, 12 boxes of mulling spices, eight litres of orange juice and a special secret ingredient.
Hospice trustee Audrey Rose, one of the festival’s founders, switched on the lights. Audrey has supported many fundraising events for the hospice, marking its 40th anniversary this year.
The following night saw the official unveiling of the St Luke’s Christmas tree at Sheffield Station, featuring music from the Oughtibridge Brass Band and singers from Sheffield Harmony Chorus.