A bright way to reflect on loved one

COUNTY residents are being invited to dedicate a light on a special Christmas tree to a loved one as part of a charity’s initiative.

Katy Taberham, from Morpeth, will be taking part again this year in memory of her grandma, Marjorie Hyslop.

Supporters of the St Oswald’s Hospice Light up a Life campaign will receive a card inscribed with their loved one’s name and they can also attend a special remembrance service to see the switch-on of the tree lights.

Marjorie had visited the St Oswald’s Day Hospice and spent time on the Inpatient Unit before she died in June 2008.

Katy said: “Grandma was diagnosed with throat cancer in April 2007 and initially spent time on the ward of a hospital, which she found very stressful and busy.

“Being transferred to St Oswald’s suited her far more as she found it to be far more relaxed, peaceful and unrestricted.

“I am just glad that Grandma’s last months were spent in a place where she could receive the specialist care she needed. As a family, we were supported through a very difficult time.

“My family and I have been attending the Light up a Life services for a few years now and really find it a perfect way to take some time to remember and reflect during the busy Christmas period.

“They are peaceful and very moving and it is a perfect way to remember my grandma.”

This year’s campaign is supported by The Cooperative Funeralcare.

Christine Brown, Chaplain at St Oswald’s, said: “Light up a Life is a very special evening. More people come along every year to take a quiet moment and reflect during the busy Christmas season.”

If you would like to remember someone in this way, call 0191 2469123 or send an email to fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org for more information.