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Shining lights in memory of loved ones

The evening of Tuesday 11th December saw our Newcastle Light up a Life service take place at Newcastle’s Metro Arena. Hundreds of supporters came joined in in song, prayer and reflection, in memory of their loved ones and to date, the campaign has raised over £95,000 for St Oswald’s.

The event was brilliantly hosted by our Chaplain Davina Radford and featured speeches from two gentlemen whose wives had been cared for here at the Hospice. The lights on our tree were beautifully lit by Carys and Gwen Evans. Aged only 8 and 4, they were not a bit fazed and proudly announced to the audience that they were there to remember their mum, Emma. Emma died on our Inpatient Unit in the summer, and the girls were attending with their Dad Aled and extended family. You can see the moment the tree was lit here

There was also a rousing rendition of Jingle bells by the children in the audience, who were invited up on stage. And the evening ended with a festive classic, White Christmas, made all the more beautiful by the audience holding their illuminated phones in the air as they sang.

A big thank you to everyone involved in making the event a success and to those who supported the campaign by making a donation in memory.

Thank you to Co-op Funeralcare who sponsored Light up a Life and helped out on the night, to Urban Chorus, Newcastle Concert Band and Robson’s Choice for providing music and song, to THC Landscapes for our gorgeous tree, Midnight Electronics for sound and lighting, Jeff Huntley Plant Ltd, Buildbase Gateshead and to Joy Calvert and the Metro Radio Arena Staff. And of course, thank you to our own staff and volunteers who made the event possible. 

If you were unable to come or wish to listen again, the service will be broadcast by Radio Tyneside on Christmas Eve at 4pm. You can listen online at www.radiotyneside.co.uk or on 1575 AM.

Check out our gallery of images from the evening here.

There is still time to take part in Light up a Life this year, by making a donation in memory. If you do so by Friday 15th December, we guarantee that your card and memory star will be with you before Christmas. Click here to take part. 

Finally, we'd love to hear what you thought of our Light up a Life campaign and service this year. If you made a donation or attended the service, please visit our short survey at www.stoswaldsuk.org/lightupalife and share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

We wish you all a peaceful and relaxing Christmas.