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Over 800 people attended the annual Advent Procession in Peterborough Cathedral last night (Sunday 2 December). Now, in its 16th year of partnership between Kidney Research UK and Peterborough Cathedral, the service offered a chance to remember the three million people in the UK whose lives are under threat from chronic kidney disease.

The candlelit service was a mixture of beautiful music led by the cathedral choir and readings from members of the congregation including Kidney Research UK ambassador Dame Patricia Routledge DBD, kidney patient and charity trustee David Prosser and kidney donor and charity supporter, Christine Davis.

Advent service at Peterborough Cathedral.
David Prosser, kidney patient and Kidney Research UK trustee, Christine Davis, kidney donor and supporter, Dame Patricia Routledge DBE, Kidney Research UK ambassador and Sandra Currie, Chief Executive, Kidney Research UK.

Speaking about the procession, David Prosser said: “The service is a tremendous opportunity to draw to the attention of the public, the difficulties presented by kidney disease, and the extraordinary human spirit of the people who suffer from it. It produces a wonderful esprit de corps – a feeling that we are all in it together – and if that isn’t the spirit of Christmas, I don’t know what it.”

For the first time, Kidney Research UK included trees of light as part of the service. As part of the opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by people living with the impact of kidney disease, people were invited to write messages of support and these were displayed on the trees throughout the service.

Tree of light at Advent service

The Very Revd Chris Dalliston, Dean of Peterborough, said: “It’s a great joy and privilege to welcome Kidney Research UK to join with us in our Advent service celebrations. Advent is the season of hope and I think Kidney Research UK as well as the church is in the business of hope and encouraging people to see light at the end of the darkness.”

The service was followed by a reception of mince pies and drinks.

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