The Alder Centre

Reflection and Remembrance

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Light up a Life

Light Up a Life - Sunday 1st December, 6.00pm at the Alder Centre

  • This is our annual ‘remembrance’ Carol Service, with carols and poems. This service is prepared and support by Alder Centre staff and volunteers.
  • During the service the tree in front of the Alder Centre is lit up in remembrance of children, and remains lit until New Year.
  • This year Rev. David Williams, Alder Hey Spiritual Care Manager, will lead the service. Singing and music is provided by Mrs Paula Gent & St Edward’s College Senior Choir (Sixth Formers), and Mark Quinn & Haydock Brass Band. There is a ‘Signer/Interpreter’, and flood lights are provided by VP plc. After the service we have refreshments and mince pies (usually provided by Tesco, Old Swan  - TBC).

More information about the Light up a Life service

Cathedral Candle Service

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Thursday 12th December, 7.30pm at the Anglican Cathedral

(We ask people to be seated by 7.15pm).

  • The annual Candle Service has been held each year since the early 1990’s. This service is planned over a number of months by the Alder Centre Volunteers planning group. Volunteers are themselves bereaved parents.
  • This is a non-denominational services for all those affected by the death of a child.
  • During the service there is the procession of the Alder Centre Family Candle, and the Children’s Lantern procession. Parents and families will have written personal messages on card ‘leaves’, which are carried forward by the ATC Cadets and displayed on the Alder Centre tree (sculpture).
  • At three point in the service Children’s name are displayed on a large screen, while an array of candles are lit to complete a grand display of candle light in remembrance of all the children.
  • There are poems read, and songs sung by two choirs and a soloist: Formby High School G: Force Gospel Choir, and the Wigan Believe Choir (staff choir).
  • The service is assisted by Cadets from the 2375 (Neston) Squadron ATC, and Adlib provide Audio and Video support.

Cathedral Candle Service Registration Form

Register child's name for Cathedral Candle Service

Book of Remembrance

A Book of Remembrance is kept in the Alder Centre. You may have an inscription included and the book is there at any time for you to look at. Every Year, on the anniversary of a child’s death, it is opened to the inscribed page as a celebration of your child’s life and to mark their passing.

The Alder Centre is also developing an electronic Remembrance Book, where you can design your own pages, include photographs and music.

Please speak to a member of staff if you would like to develop your own pages for your child.


Contact us on 0151 252 5391

We are available on weekdays 9am to 5pm (4.30pm on Fridays).

Find us

The Alder Centre has temporarily moved to the old Alder Hey hospital and is easily accessible from Alder Road. Our postal address is:

The Alder Centre
Alder Hey Children's Hospital
Eaton Road
Liverpool
L12 2AP 

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