A service for people affected by cancer will be held in Edinburgh next month.

Pause for Hope will take place at Sacred Heart Church, Lauriston Street, and consists of prayers and readings from people of different faith communities.

Organiser Andrew Cassidy, Pastoral Associate at the church, said: “Pause for Hope is an ecumenical service for anyone who has been affected by cancer.

“Its aim is to ease the impact of cancer on individuals and the community, bringing together in prayer people who have been affected by cancer in any way – patients, carers, families, health professionals, scientists and those with responsibility for allocating and managing resources for cancer.

We have most probably all been affected by cancer through a relative, friend, acquaintance or perhaps even personally.”

Kate Strickland-Wright will give a testimonial at the event. Her book A Prayer Companion Through Cancer has been endorsed by the Anglican Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes as “a collection of prayers that should help people at all stages of the journey with cancer”.

Pause for Hope was developed in 1999 to bring people affected by cancer together for prayer and reflection.

Pause for Hope: A service for all affected by cancer, 3pm, Sunday 15th September, Sacred Heart Church, 28 Lauriston Street, Edinburgh. Refreshments served after in church. For more information email pastoral@lauriston.org.uk