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Light up a Life

Celebrating the lives of people we love and miss

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

You may not have been able to able to say goodbye in the way that you would have wanted to, or been able to get together with friends and family at a difficult time. Light up a Life invites you to mark the end of a difficult year in a positive way, by celebrating the lives of people we love and miss. Everyone is welcome remember someone in this special way, whether or not you have a connection to St Oswald’s Hospice. We hope that taking part in Light up a Life will give you bring you some peace and comfort this winter.

Dedicating a light in memory

To say thank you for your kind 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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"There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, their light remains"

Light up a Life at Home

A virtual celebration event
Sunday 6 December 2020

Although our Light up a Life Celebration Event can’t go ahead this December in its usual way, we are holding an online service where you can join us virtually. Please mark Sunday 6th December in your diary for ‘Light up a Life at home’ where we can unite in lighting candles to represent all those we are remembering. The lights we shine together will remind us that we are not alone and that our loved ones are never forgotten.

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Online Memory Wall

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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.

Personal details
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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