A local family are remembering a loved one in support of St Oswald’s Hospice this Christmas.
Louise Woods, from Whitley Bay, and her 10-year old daughter Freya, are remembering their son and brother, Will, this Christmas by taking part in Light up a Life. Will, aged 5, died suddenly in June 2014 from a rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Burkitt ’s Lymphoma. Louise and Freya access bereavement support from St Oswald’s Family Support Service.
When Will died, we felt isolated. We weren’t aware of anything available in the community for bereaved siblings so I asked a support group on Facebook for advice, someone locally referred me to St Oswald’s. We didn’t have a connection with the Hospice as Will died so suddenly but the Hospice took it upon themselves to help.
We have a lot of contact with the Family Support Team. Freya works closely with a Bereavement Support Worker, Brenda. The difference in Freya is amazing since she began these sessions; she now knows when she needs to contact the Hospice for support and Brenda will come over to the house so that Freya can talk with her.
Wills family set up The Good Will Cause and through various challenges Freya and supporters have raised more than £2,000 for the hospice. To thank Freya for her fundraising efforts, we have asked Freya to turn on the Christmas tree lights at our Light up a Life Remembrance service this December.
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.