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Light Up A Life

Remember someone special this Christmas and support St Oswald’s.

Every year thousands of people, with or without a direct connection to the Hospice, To Make A Donation Click Hereremember a loved one who has died, by dedicating a light on our Light up a Life Remembrance Tree and making a donation to St Oswald's. These lights will be unveiled at our Light up a Life services in December.


In return for your kind donation to Light up a Life, you will receive a personalised card containing the name(s) of those you are remembering and a memory star (one per card ordered) where you can write your own personal message to bring to our Light up a Life service, or place on your tree at home.


Bill And Kate LongstaffYou can choose to receive one card with up to five names on (this option helps us to reduce our administration and postage costs and ensures that your donation can be directed where it is needed most; supporting local people who need hospice care) or you can choose an individual card for each name. There is no limit to the number of individual cards you can have but we ask you to consider making an additional donation of £1 per card as a minimum to help us cover costs.


By making a donation you will be helping people like Kate and Bill Longstaff. Kate, 66 from Morpeth, is remembering her husband Bill this year, who attended our Day Hospice before he died in 2013. Kate has supported Light up a Life for the past three years and in 2014 her grandchildren were invited to switch on the lights on our remembrance tree, she tells us:


“For seven years Bill came to Day Hospice and he loved it. He had so many friends, including staff, other patients and the volunteer drivers who would take him to and from the Hospice. We liked that the Hospice isn’t a place of doom and gloom and we felt the staff and volunteers supported us every step of the way. I also got to know a lot of people at St Oswald’s, and even had complementary therapy as Bill’s carer. 



“Light up a Life is such a lovely way to remember those that were close to you. It’s nice to remember Bill but also other family members who have sadly died. I always display the remembrance card at home over the Christmas period, and bring the memory star to the Light up a Life service where it is displayed under the remembrance tree.



“The first time I attended the Newcastle service  I was quite emotional, but since then I realise how much I look forward to going as it is such a warm and friendly service led by St Oswald's Chaplain, Davina. It’s comforting to know that everyone there is in the same frame of mind, we are all there to remember and celebrate the lives of those we loved most.”


This year’s services will be:

Monday 12th December 2016, Berwick Baptist Church

Tuesday 13th December, Metro Radio Arena


If you would like to speak to our team about making a donation to Light up a Life over the phone, or for information on our remembrance services, please email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org or call 0191 246 9123.