SEASONAL SCENE: Hospiscare's Tree of Light is lifted into place outside Exeter Cathedral
STANDING TALL: The Tree of Light in place
MORE than 1,000 people are expected to attend Hospiscare's annual Tree of Light service at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday.
The service, which is now in its 17th year, is to remember loved ones and will include carols and prayers plus readings by Hospiscare's staff and volunteers.
The service, which will begin at 5pm, will be conducted by Canon Carl Turner, together with the charity's chaplain, David Walford, and will feature the Exeter College Inspirational Choir and the St Peter's Singers.
On display will be a book of memories in which the names of more than 1,700 people are recorded and which will remain in the Cathedral until twelfth night.
The service will conclude, around 5.45pm, with the lighting of the tree outside the Cathedral with a light then shining out over the festive season for each of the loved ones remembered.
Hospiscare's chief executive Glynis Atherton said: "Every year I am touched and inspired by this beautiful service. It clearly means so much to everyone who wants to remember someone special at Christmas. I am privileged to be able to stand alongside so many friends and supporters and am very grateful for the continuing support for Hospiscare that allows us to care for local people."
This year the charity has received 1,700 dedications, around 200 more than in previous years.
Other Tree of Light services are also being held by the charity across Mid and East Devon. There will be a collection for Hospiscare at each of the different services.
Their details are as follows:
Monday, December 6: Parish Church of St Mary, Ottery St Mary, 7pm; St Michael and all Angels, Alphington, 7pm;
Tuesday, December 7: Holy Trinity Church, Exmouth, 7pm;
Wednesday, December 8: St Michael's Church, Honiton, 7pm;
Thursday, December 9: Parish Church, Broadclyst, 6.30pm; Methodist Church, St Thomas, 7.15pm;
Friday, December 10: St Peter's Church, Tiverton, 7pm.
The Tree of Light dedications and collections raise around £50,000 each year for the charity.
Churches holding Tree of Light services will have their own Books of Memories.
Full details are available on the charity's website at www. hospiscare.co.uk