Remembering loved ones for good cause

Some of the participants pictured during the St Oswalds Hospice Lantern Walk.
Some of the participants pictured during the St Oswalds Hospice Lantern Walk.

Northumberland residents were among those from the region who took part in the St Oswald’s Hospice Lantern Walk earlier this month, which raised more than £33,000.

Supporters came together to walk a 5km route at Newcastle Racecourse. They carried paper lanterns and electric tea lights, which shone brightly in memory of their loved ones.

The event was hosted by regional radio personality Alfie Joey. It kicked off with music from the Mood Indigo choir and a warm-up of yoga exercises.

Supporters brought along photos and messages to their loved ones to add to a memory wall, which will be displayed in the hospice chapel.

As the participants negotiated the course through the wooded areas with coloured lanterns strung from the trees, the sun gradually set, allowing their own lanterns to shine brighter in memory of the special people they were remembering.

Siobhan Sargeant, fund-raiser at St Oswald’s Hospice, said “The atmosphere on the night was amazing and a really poignant moment came just before we all set off.

“There was a huge rain shower just as the speeches were taking place, but once that cleared we were all treated to a beautiful rainbow. It truly felt like a sign from above.

“Everyone at the hospice wants to thank the wonderful supporters who came along to walk in memory of their loved ones and to everyone who sponsored them.

“The money raised will make a huge difference to St Oswald’s.”