Display in honour of many lost loved ones

St Oswald's fund-raisers and members of the Newcastle Panto Company encouraged people to attend the market.
St Oswald's fund-raisers and members of the Newcastle Panto Company encouraged people to attend the market.

Northumberland residents are being offered a chance to remember someone special this Christmas.

They have the opportunity to take part in St Oswald’s Hospice’s Light up a Life initiative.

For a donation to the charity, supporters can dedicate a light in memory of a loved one on a special Christmas tree, which will be displayed later this month.

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 a special Remembrance Service, where the Christmas tree lights are switched on and the memory stars can be added to a display around the Christmas tree.

It will take place on Wednesday, December 16, at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. Doors open at 5pm and the service starts at 6pm – it will feature musical performances from Newcastle Concert Band and Voices of Hope.

For more information and to dedicate a light, call St Oswald’s fund-raising team on 0191 246 9123, email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/light-up-a-life-2015

Meanwhile, families from across the region enjoyed the charity’s Christmas Market event last month.

This year’s theme was pantomime favourites and fancy dress was encouraged. Stalls included hand-made arts and crafts, children’s toys and Christmas gifts for the whole family.

There was also a Santa’s grotto and carol singing.