Lighting up lives

St Oswald's Fundraiser Zoe Mulvenna and James Cookson from Manor Park.

St Oswald's Fundraiser Zoe Mulvenna and James Cookson from Manor Park.

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A NORTH East hospice is all set for its annual Christmas services thanks to a helping hand from Northumberland.

St Oswald’s Hospice, which provides specialist care for people with life-limiting conditions, hosts a Light up a Life service every year for families to remember lost loved ones and raise funds for the charity at the same time.

Thousands of people dedicate a light on the hospice’s special tree in memory of a loved one, as well as take part in a service when the lights are switched on.

And this year Meldon Park near Morpeth has provided the centrepiece for the event — a 25ft Christmas tree.

James Cookson, of Meldon Park, said: “We are delighted to be providing a tree from our grounds for St Oswald’s this year.

“The Light up a Life event is an important date in St Oswald’s calendar and provides comfort to so many people so we were more than happy to help.”

Meldon Park is open to visitors to choose their own tree, and logs and firewood are also available.

Stan Dawson Ltd, based in Ponteland, kindly offered to transport the St Oswald’s tree to the service at cost.

A service took place in Berwick last night and another one will be held at Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena on Tuesday, at 6.30pm.

Anyone wishing to dedicate a light should contact St Oswald’s on 0191 246 9123 or email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org