Every year thousands of people - not just those with a connection to the Hospice – remember a loved one by taking part in our annual remembrance campaign, Light up a Life.
For a donation towards our work, you can join this special campaign and dedicate a light in memory of a loved one on our giant Christmas tree, which will be displayed at our Remembrance Services on Tuesday 12th December at the Metro Radio Arena. The service will feature musical performances from Newcastle Concert Band and special guests. As part of the service children will be invited on stage to sing a festive carol. We will also be holding a smaller service at Berwick Baptist Church on Monday 11th December.
Supporters will receive a Christmas card inscribed with their loved one’s name as well as a memory star, which they can personalise with their own message. They will also be invited to the Remembrance Service, where the Christmas tree lights are switched on and the memory stars can be added to a display around the Christmas tree.
By making a donation in your loved ones name, you will be helping people like Sue Hayes from Low Fell, Gateshead and her two daughters, Kathryn and Sally. Their husband and dad Ted, attended St Oswald’s Day Hospice and was later was cared for on the Inpatient Unit there for six weeks in 2016. Sue said:
“Ted was an active, outdoor man, known affectionately to his family and friends as ‘Super Ted’!
"The day before Ted was told he had cancer our daughter gave birth to our granddaughter Heidi so it was a time of mixed emotions.
“When St Oswald’s was first mentioned, Ted wasn’t sure as he had misconceptions of what it would be like. Just two days after initial conversations, Ted was in the Hospice and we couldn’t speak highly enough of the care he received. Recognising that he was an active man, the nurses motivated him to walk with a walker and got him out in the gardens.
“St Oswald’s put all the necessary arrangements in place for Ted to go home – they put us in touch with palliative care teams in the community, organised a care package and equipment for us.
"I can’t thank St Oswald’s enough for all they have done for us. I have been to the Hospice a few times since Ted died and nothing about going there makes me feel sad, it’s just a calm and welcoming place.”
Like Ted’s family, you can remember a loved one by taking part in Light up a Life and help make a real difference to other families who rely on our services.
If you would like to remember a loved one in this way, you can call our fundraising team on 0191 246 9123, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/light-up-a-life
This year, we have created a Light up a Life online Memory Wall, and we would love to include a photo of the special person or people you are remembering. Once you have made your donation, please email a photograph to us at email@example.com stating your loved ones name. Their dedication will then appear on our online Memory Wall; the special people who we love, treasure and will never forget.