Light up a Life service in Berwick recalls loved ones

A special remembrance took place at Berwick Baptist Church on Monday in support of St Oswald's Hospice.

Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 8:17 am
Updated Wednesday, 13th December 2017, 8:23 am
One of the families which attended the Light up a Life service in Berwick.

Light up a Life is sponsored by Cooperative Funeralcare and is an annual celebration of life, open to anyone whether they have a connection to the hospice or not.

People were invited to join in with an evening of songs, music, contemplation and remembrance, led by hospice chaplain Davina Radford.

Local brass band, The Norham Village Band, provided musical accompaniment and Berwick Community Choir led the song.

Special guests included Mayor of Berwick, Gregah Roughead, and former Mayor, Ivor Dixon. who addressed the audience to share his own memories of his wife, who died at St Oswald’s Hospice last December, just days after the Light up a Light service.

Mr Dixon was joined by Alan Arthur, another St Oswald’s supporter, who was also remembering his wife Pat, who diedearlier this year. Alan’s daughter lives in Kelso but couldn’t make the service, so he attended in her absence.

The culmination of the service saw Alan and Ivor together switch on the hundreds of Christmas lights that sparkle in memory of supporters’ loved ones.

All funds from Light up a Life, which asks supporters to make a donation in their loved one’s name, in return for a special card containing their name and a memory stat on which to write a message, will go towards the annual running of the hospice.

The hospice, although based in Newcastle, cares for adults and children with incurable condition across Northumberland.