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Light up a Life Christmas Celebration Event

Light up a Life Celebration Event

Thank you for attending our Light up a Life Celebration Event on Wednesday 11th December at the Utilita Arena at Newcastle. The evening was hosted by St Oswald's Spiritual Care Lead, Davina Radford, which was an uplifting and moving service in celebration of life which gave the chance for hundreds of supporters to reflect and remember their loved ones. The event culminated with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, where each light sparkles in memory of a loved one, a fun rendition of Little Donkey by the children in the audience, who were invited up on stage, and it was signed in Makaton by Nichola Aldcroft. The evening ended with a festive classic, White Christmas, sang by Jamie “Baldy Holly” Bell and the audience and made all the more beautiful by everyone holding their illuminated phones in the air as they sang.

You can read more about the evening here. Check out our gallery of images from our 2019 Light up a Life celebration evening here.

Faye Shepherd, 38, from Newcastle remembers her Dad, David Crozier, who died at St Oswald’s five years ago, by taking part in Light up a Life

"As soon as Dad arrived at the Hospice, it was a completely different atmosphere to being in hospital.

"The nurses were incredible, always ensuring they kept Dad's dignity. It was like he was back to his old self, he started smiling and cracking a few jokes. The nurses got him to sit in a chair, which might not sound much, but he hadn't moved from a lying position in bed for three to four weeks! It's hard to describe how brilliant the staff were. I don't know what we would've done without the Hospice.

"One of the ways I remember Dad is by taking part in St Oswald's Light up a Life every year. I always donate and I have been to the service three times now. Christmas can be a difficult time, but Light up a Life is really special. I love the Christmas tree and music and it's something I can do with my mum and sister and make a night of it. For us, the service is a night to reflect at a busy time of year and take time out to think about Dad."