A brand new event in the region this summer will invite people to come together to remember those who were special to them.
The Lantern Walk is being organised by St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle and will see 1,000 supporters gather together at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 9th July. Each holding a paper lantern, the walkers will light the way along the 5k course, as the sun sets, in memory of their loved ones.
The fundraising event is sponsored by The Cooperative Funeralcare and follows on from the St Oswald’s successful Midnight Walk events held in recent years. Participants ages 12 years and over can register to take part and will receive a St Oswald’s t shirt, lantern and battery operated candle. They are asked to aim to raise £100 each towards the hospice’s work, through donations in memory of the person they are remembering, or through sponsorship from friends and family. All funds raised will support local adults, young people and children with incurable conditions, throughout the north east.
Victoria Anderson, aged 33 from Cramlington, is taking part in St Oswald’s new fundraising event the Lantern Walk, in memory of her Grandma Olive and Grandad George.
Victoria’s Grandma died in 2005 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a rare type of cancer. Victoria tells us why she is walking in memory of her Grandma:
“My grandma used to make a monthly donation to St Oswald’s so it was a charity that was special to her and my Grandad. This is one of the reasons why my sister Stephanie, my mam Dawn and I wanted to complete the walk in memory of them both.
“She was my best friend; in fact she was everyone's best friend. She would feed the world with her gorgeous cakes and pies and her Sunday dinners were amazing. Nothing was a bother to her and she was an inspiration to many people. I just only wished she could have met my two children. She said her goodbyes and passed away five weeks before my wedding day, but not before she made my cake!
“She left lots of people heartbroken including my Grandad who sadly also had the disease for a number of years but didn’t tell us. He knew the pain the constant hospital visits and blood count checks have on a family so decided to ignore his symptoms. He passed away very suddenly of lung and liver cancer and once again the illness devastated the family. We now know that Grandma and Grandad are finally back together.”
“St Oswald's is known for its huge support it gives, not only its patients, but also to the family members who are affected too. Events like the Lantern Walk help raise awareness of the charity and can be a form of therapy for those affected.”
Registration for the lantern walk is still open. Adults can sign up for £16 each and children aged 12-15 can register for £10. Participants can book their place online at www/stoswaldsuk.org/lantern-walk, call 0191 246 9123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org