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Light up a Life

2020 has been a challenging one and this Christmas might be your first without a loved one

Light up a Life invites you to mark the end of a difficult year in a positive way, by celebrating the lives people we love and miss. Everyone is welcome to take part, whether or not you have a connection to St Oswald’s Hospice.

Dedicating a light in memory

In return for your donation to St Oswald’s Hospice, you’ll receive a personalised card bearing the name of the person you are remembering and a star decoration to hang on your tree at home. A light will also sparkle for them on our 'Tree of lights' outside the hospice, which will be switched on during the Virtual Light up a Life Service, which you are invited to join. Thousands of local people remember someone this way, whether or not they have a direct connection to the hospice.

By taking part, you’ll be helping to support other families at a difficult time. Thank you.

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Online Memory Wall

We would love to add a photo on your behalf to our online Memory Wall.

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Virtual Light up a Life Celebration event

Although we are sadly unable to invite you to join us in person for our Light up a Life celebration event this year, we will still offer an opportunity for you to join in a virtual, online service from the comfort of your own homes. We’ll be broadcasting a service from the hospice and encouraging you to light a candle in your window at home, in memory of your loved ones.

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Dedicating a light in memory of a loved one

Light up a Life is open to everyone, not just those cared for by St Oswald’s. To dedicate a light in memory, please complete the form below. You can choose to receive a personalised card containing the name(s) of those you are remembering, and a memory star. Instead you could opt to receive a beautiful pin badge and memory star for your donation.

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Please choose how you would like to dedicate a light in memory of a loved one

You can choose to receive a collectable pin badge and memory star instead of a printed card (one per donation) which is a new option for this year, 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 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.

If you would like to place an order that is not an option above, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team on 0191 246 9123 who will deal with your order personally.

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Your donation in memory




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I want to gift aid my donation and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years to St Oswald’s Hospice. Gift Aid is reclaimed by the charity from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. Please notify St Oswald’s if you want to cancel this declaration, change your name or home address or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains.

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