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Sarah Convery and her mother

Daughter Lights up a Life in memory of Mum

Every year thousands of people – not just those with a connection to St Oswald’s – remember a loved one by taking part in Light up a Life.

Supporters can dedicate a light on our Remembrance Tree by making a donation to the Hospice. These lights will be unveiled at our Light up a Life services in December where each light shines in memory of a loved one who is sadly no longer with us.

Sarah Convery dedicates a light in memory of her mum, Cathie, each year. Sarah tells us:


My mum was admitted to St Oswald’s Inpatient Unit after she was diagnosed with aggressive stomach cancer and given only two months to live. She was never well enough to go home and it was her dying wish to end her days at St Oswald’s Hospice.


Her wish came true 22 hours before she passed away. She was treated like a queen in her remaining hours and the treatment, care and compassion shown to my mum, and to us as a family, was over and beyond the call of duty. She felt like she had ‘come home’.


Each Christmas my mum gave us a lovely ‘Light up a Life’ card in memory of our baby son Daniel who died in 1993. Over the festive season we display the most recent card and all the others are placed into our ‘Treasure Box’ with all of Daniel’s keepsakes. Now mum is no longer with us, we are keeping up this tradition. We display our St Oswald’s Light up a Life card alongside the last Christmas card mum gave us.


I’ve attended the Light up a Life service at Newcastle for the past two years and I would recommend the service to anyone as it is so uplifting and inspirational; it leaves you feeling a sense of peace with oneself.

In return for a donation, supporters will receive a personalised card containing the name(s) of those they are remembering and a memory star where they can write personal message to bring to the Remembrance service or place on their tree at home.

If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of someone special this Christmas, please click here.