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St Edmundsbury Cathedral to hold service to remember homeless lives lost during pandemic

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A service to remember the lives of nine homeless people from the Bury St Edmunds community who died during the pandemic will be taken on Saturday.

At 3.30pm, St Edmundsbury Cathedral will hold the poignant service for the people who used the services of the Bury Drop In.

It will include candle lighting in memory of those lost, plus music, readings and prayer.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. (53149114)
St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. (53149114)

Alongside the nine people remembered, the service will also remember a volunteer from Bury Drop In who also passed away during this time.

David Bonnett, from the charity, said: "The Bury Drop In saw the death of nine of its guests from causes not directly linked to Covid-19.

"This number has to be put into perspective, in that in the five years prior to this the Drop In had only seen at the most three guests die from various causes.

"We are determined that these friends should not be forgotten and just become statistics. They were all valued members of our community and they will be missed greatly."

Bury Drop In is a Christian Charity, supported broadly by churches across the town and sustained by numerous local businesses, volunteers and organisations, including West Suffolk Council, that exists to serve the homeless and vulnerably housed.

“One of the indirect consequences of the pandemic lockdown was the loss of support services to some of the most vulnerable in our society,” said the Very Reverend Joe Hawes, Dean of the Cathedral.

“This led to isolation and a lack of practical help. On Saturday we will remember them by name, tell their stories and share the sadness of their loss.

"This is one of the jobs given to a cathedral: to name those who might otherwise be forgotten, to give voice to the voiceless and to tell their stories. Please consider joining us for the service. All are welcome.”

The service is open to all, to take part RSVP to info@burydropin.org.

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