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Light up a Life Christmas Celebration Event

Light up a Life Celebration Event

Location: Utilita Arena, Arena Way, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7NA
Date: Wednesday 11th December 2019
Doors open: 5pm
Event starts: 6.30pm

We would also like to invite you to our free Celebration Event on Wednesday 11th December at the Utilita Arena at Newcastle. Hosted by St Oswald's Spiritual Care Lead, Davina Radford, this uplifting and moving service is a celebration of life which will give us all a chance to reflect and remember our loved ones who are no longer with us. The event culminates with the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, where each light sparkles in memory of a loved one. Everyone is welcome to attend and it is suitable for the whole family. We hope to see you there. 

Check out our gallery of images from our 2018 Light up a Life celebration evening here.

Important information

Please bear in mind the following information ahead of attending the Celebration Event at the Utilita Arena, Newcastle


Parking is available at the arena and nearby NCP car park. Visit their website for prices and further information. 
We will also be running a free shuttle bus service to and from the Arena at the following times:

Before the service, from Bewick Street (opposite Central Station) to the Arena:

  • 17:15hrs
  • 17:30hrs
  • 17:45hrs
  • 18:00hrs

After the service, from the Arena to Bewick Street (opposite Central Station)

  • 19:30hrs
  • 19:45hrs
  • 20:00hrs

Security checks:

Standard security checks are in operation at the Arena and there are items you won't be able to take inside, as well as restrictions on the sizes of bags you bring with you. Please read this information to ensure you can enter the venue swiftly on arrival

Thank you, we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, for a special evening of remembrance.

Faye Shepherd, 38, from Newcastle remembers her Dad, David Crozier, who died at St Oswald’s five years ago, by taking part in Light up a Life

"As soon as Dad arrived at the Hospice, it was a completely different atmosphere to being in hospital.

"The nurses were incredible, always ensuring they kept Dad's dignity. It was like he was back to his old self, he started smiling and cracking a few jokes. The nurses got him to sit in a chair, which might not sound much, but he hadn't moved from a lying position in bed for three to four weeks! It's hard to describe how brilliant the staff were. I don't know what we would've done without the Hospice.

"One of the ways I remember Dad is by taking part in St Oswald's Light up a Life every year. I always donate and I have been to the service three times now. Christmas can be a difficult time, but Light up a Life is really special. I love the Christmas tree and music and it's something I can do with my mum and sister and make a night of it. For us, the service is a night to reflect at a busy time of year and take time out to think about Dad."