Keeping memories alive

Loved ones were remembered at a special service in Berwick earlier this month.

Sunday, 1st January 2017, 1:00 pm

Mayor Ivor Dixon joined in on a night of remembrance celebrations at Berwick Baptist Church as part of St Oswald’s Hospice’s Light up a Life service.

The Norham Village Band and the Berwick Community Choir joined parishioners in remembering loved ones this Christmas by dedicating a light on a special remembrance tree, where each one shines brightly in their memory.

This year’s remembrance tree lights were switched on by brother and sister Harry, age 14 and Lauren, age 11, from Alnwick, who were remembering their dad Paul who died on St Oswald’s Inpatient Unit last month.

This year St Oswald’s is celebrating providing 30 years of care to North East adults, young people and children.

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So far this year, more than £93,000 has been raised for the hospice through Light up a Life.

Supporter Ann McDonald, from Berwick, has been attending the Light up a Life service for the last 17 years in memory of her husband.

She said: “I love coming to the service as it’s a way for me to keep my husband’s memory alive at Christmas.

“My husband didn’t go to St Oswald’s Hospice, but it’s nice to know that by taking part in Light up a Life I am helping to support others who are in the hospice. It’s a lovely service and I attend every year with my daughter and granddaughter.”

Davina Radford, Chaplain at St Oswald’s, said: “Thank you to everyone who attended our Berwick Light up a life Service, and to the wonderful band and choir for their entertainment.

“I hope comfort was brought to you at this special time of year.”