This July, St Oswald’s Hospice will be joined by hundreds of people from across the region, for a very special walk in memory of our loved ones. The Lantern Walk is a moving and poignant celebration of life and the chance to reflect on those we love, but are no longer with us. The walk will take place at the Rising Sun Country Park on the evening of Saturday 1st July.
In partnership with Smooth Radio and sponsored by Weightwatchers, The Lantern Walk is an opportunity for you and your family and friends to come together and walk a 5km route at The Rising Sun Country Park, Newcastle in memory of a loved one.
The fundraising walk takes place at dusk and walkers will carry a paper lantern to light the way along the route as the sun sets, in celebration of the life of the person or people they are remembering. Walkers are encouraged to make a donation or raise funds for St Oswald’s in memory of their loved one to help fund the care of patients both now and in the future. The event will open with music and entertainment from Smooth Radio’s Steve Colman before the walk begins.
John Drysdale, 75 from Newcastle, is taking part in St Oswald’s Lantern Walk for the second time this year in memory of his wife, Linda, who died after spending a week cared for on the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit last year.
“Linda and I were married 44 years and have one son, Jamie, and a granddaughter. Linda wasn’t just a wife, she was my pal and my soulmate.
“After spending seven weeks in hospital, a palliative care nurse suggested that Linda was referred to the Hospice. I remember vividly when I first came to St Oswald’s, I visited their chapel and it was like walking in to heaven.
“Before Linda came to the Hospice she was very agitated, but this subsided when she came to St Oswald’s, and she seemed so peaceful. The nurses were gentle and the care was brilliant. I wouldn’t have wanted her to be anywhere else. Even when she died, Linda looked so at peace.
“My son, his partner and I took part in the Hospice’s Lantern Walk last year, and we’ll be taking part again this year.
Our Lantern Walk is open to anyone, aged 12 and over, who wishes to remember someone special. All funds raised through sponsorship and donations will support our vital work with local adults, young people and children in our community. For every £100 raised, we can provide 5 hours of specialist nursing care to an adult or child with a life-limiting illness.
If you have any further questions, please contact us on 0191 246 9123. We would love to walk with you this summer, and remember those special people who mean so much to us.