'I'll remember my friend Jayne at Northampton's Tree of Love service'

Annie and her friend Jayne Hills pose with Saints skipper Dylan Hartley and team-mate Sam Dickinson at the Cycle4Cynthia ride.
Annie and her friend Jayne Hills pose with Saints skipper Dylan Hartley and team-mate Sam Dickinson at the Cycle4Cynthia ride.

A Northampton woman will dedicate a light on Northampton Cathedral's Christmas tree to a special friend.

Annie Plater volunteers for Cynthia Spencer Hospice and has revealed the person behind her dedication at the Tree of Love service is her long-time fellow volunteer.

She said: "I'll be dedicating a light to my friend Jayne Hill, who sadly died this year.

"We've done so much fundraising and had lots of fun together over the years.

"She'll be remembered by me and many others."

Annie first went to a Tree of Love service - which this year take place from 7.30pm on Tuesday, December 13 and Thursday, December 15 - four years ago.

She said: "It was the year my dad passed away. I dedicated a light to him and my Nanna too.

"I remember being amazed by the tree. It's so big when it's lit up - it's so beautiful.

The two services are aimed at being warm and informal celebrations for everyone, regardless of faith, during which tree lights will be illuminated in memory of people who have brightened up our lives but who are no longer with us.

Both events will feature readings, carols from choirs and solos from soprano Alison Ruddy, as well as lots of moments for quiet reflection.

Donations will go to Cynthia Spencer Hospice, and dedications will be listed in the commemorative order of service.

"It's such a nice event and lovely to see so many people attending. I always see lots of people that I know from my volunteering."

A cut-out dedication form will be on page 5 of tomorrow's Chronicle & Echo.

Donations by telephone using a credit card can be made by calling Northampton 678082.