Lauren Thompson, 23 from West Denton dedicates a light in memory of her Grandad, Brian Cheetham each year. Brian was a St Oswald’s Day Hospice patient for four months before he died on our Inpatient Unit in 2013.
Lauren tells us:
“My Grandad was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2012, but previous to this he also had a stroke. When he first got told of St Oswald's, Grandad was set against going there as he didn’t want to die in a Hospice. He was referred into St Oswald’s Day Hospice for respite care following his stroke and ended up loving going. He was so happy to visit the Hospice and would wait at the door every Wednesday to be picked up. He felt so safe there and would always say the staff and volunteers were worth their weight in gold.
“My family and I have done Light up a Life for the past two years in memory of Grandad. It’s lovely for everyone in the family to come together at Christmas and remember him. We all attend the Light up a Life remembrance service in Newcastle together; it’s lovely as Grandad absolutely loved Christmas. Every year I used to decorate his mobility scooter with Christmas decorations and lights, he would dress up as Santa to deliver his Christmas cards to family, friends and neighbours.”
Every year thousands of people remember a loved one by dedicating a light on our Remembrance Tree and making a donation to Light up a Life. These lights will be unveiled at our Light up a Life service, taking place on Wednesday 16th December 2015 at Metro Radio Arena, Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne. Doors open at 5:00pm, service starts at 6:30pm.