'Blessing' as rain stops for Wave of Light ceremony

James Hockaday

Parents who have lost their children paid their respects and gained comfort at a candle lighting ceremony in Slough’s Herschel Park on Saturday.

The annual service saw more than 100 parents light candles which were placed on the lake in the park in memory of their loved ones.

The ceremony, organised by Slough-based charity Vishaal Foundation, was accompanied by the Emmanuel Celebrations Choir.

The event, titled the International Wave of Light Service, marked Pregnancy and Child Loss Remembrance Day.

Similar tributes were held across the world at 7pm, creating a wave of light across different time zones.

The event was attended by Mayor of Slough Cllr Arvind Dhaliwal and other Slough councillors.

Vishaal Foundation founder Madhuri Bedi said the event was almost spoilt by heavy rain.

She said: “The amazing thing was, at 6.55pm it just stopped, five minutes before the service was due to start. It was like God himself was blessing all the children.”

Mrs Bedi started the charity three years ago in memory of her son, Vishaal, whose life support machine was turned off a day after he was born. She says this event has helped bring her and many others who have shared similar experiences closer together.

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