A special celebration to remember lost loved-ones saw a north Lancashire lake illuminated with candles and fireworks and raised thousands of pounds for CancerCare.
On Saturday, hundreds of people attended our first ever Lights on the Lake event at Capernwray Diving Centre near Carnforth to pay tribute to the memory of friends and family by dedicating a candle with a special, personal message of remembrance.
The candles were then set afloat on the water at sunset accompanied by the serene sounds of local band the Bay Brass Hooters with a special firework display providing the grand finale.
The event raised more than £6,600 for us.
Organiser Kat Michaels said: “Due to the pandemic social distancing restrictions, many people were unable to say goodbye to people who passed away the way they would have liked. We wanted Lights on the Lake to give people the opportunity to remember loved ones in a special way and there was a lovely atmosphere on the night as people gathered to share stories and memories of their loved ones.”
“By doing so, they helped raise money to ensure that we can continue to provide much-needed support to people across Morecambe Bay who are struggling to cope with grief caused by bereavement.
“I’s like to thank everyone who made it such a lovely night including singer Niamh Collingwood, compere Brian Porter and everyone at Capernwray for their help and support.”
Nicola Combe from Lancaster attended the event with her three sisters to pay tribute to the memory of their much-loved dad who they lost last year.
Nicola said: “it meant so much as we weren’t able to give him the goodbye we really wanted due to COViD restrictions. I also lit a special light for my husband Jim who was my inspiration. It was such a special night, and the music and fireworks were perfect, especially in the fabulous surroundings. Thank you to the CancerCare team for organising an evening which meant so much to so many.”
Planning has already begun for next year's event. Details to follow shortly.
The event was sponsored by Great Places Housing Group