People from across Peterborough gathered for a winter remembrance event to celebrate and remember the lives of people who have died. 

Sue Ryder Celebrate a Life Peterborough was held on December 6 at The Cresset, Bretton, and provided the opportunity for people to celebrate the lives of loved ones. 

The event was led by Sue Ryder spiritual care lead Mark Burleigh and included readings, poems and performances from Peterborough Rock Choir and bagpiper Tom Fleming. 

There was also an opportunity to make a dedication in memory of someone special, which were displayed on a 'Celebrate a Life' wall. 

Peterborough Matters: Tom Fleming playing bagpipesTom Fleming playing bagpipes (Image: Sue Ryder)

Cheyenne Smith, interim regional head of hospice fundraising at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, said: “It was a very moving evening, where we were able to stop and pay tribute to the lives of friends and family who have died. 

“It was wonderful to see so many people from Peterborough join us for an evening of reflection and we hope it gave people space to have the lives of their loved ones acknowledged.” 

Those unable to attend the event can still leave a personal dedication in memory of loved ones on Sue Ryder’s online dedication wall.


Sue Ryder provides a range of online bereavement support.

This includes free video counselling delivered through trained bereavement counsellors; an online community forum offering 24-hour peer to peer support and a wide range of advice and resources for people who are grieving or supporting someone through bereavement.  

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