Light up a Life at Berwick town hall

A very special celebration event is coming to Berwick, giving people from Northumberland the chance to remember a loved one by dedicating a light in their name.

Monday, 10th December 2018, 8:44 am
Joyce Spencer

Light up a Life in support of St Oswald’s Hospice is an annual campaign of remembrance, supported by Cooperative Funeralcare.

Local people, whether or not they have a connection to the hospice, are invited to make a donation in their loved ones memory.

They will receive a specially designed Christmas card bearing their name and a star decoration which can be personalised with a special message.

The event is at Berwick Town Hall on Thursday, December 13, at 6pm. There will be a service led by hospice chaplain Davina Radford, as well as music from Berwick Concert Band and Christmas carols before the tree lights switch-on.

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Joyce Spencer, from Alnwick, is supporting Light up a Life after her husband Andy was cared for at the Hospice last year.

She said: “My husband Andy spent four months at the Hospice after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. When you have watched a loved one’s light fade as they are dying, Light up a Life is such a lovely way to move forward and remember them as the light, bright person they were before.

“Light up a Life is my opportunity to remember Andy for the bright person he was. When I donated to the campaign, it also happened to be around the time of Andy’s birthday, and I think rather than focusing on anniversaries, Light up a Life is another opportunity to remember him.

“This is the first year I have taken part in Light up a Life but I hope for it to become a yearly tradition. I would have loved to attend the service in Berwick but I have a grandchild due at any time so I will have to play it by ear this year!”

Davina Radford, St Oswald’s Hospice Chaplain said: “We are delighted to be hosting another Light up a Life service in Berwick and are looking forward to meeting the community at the new venue, Berwick Town Hall, this year.

“It’s always such a special evening and I would personally like to invite everyone to come along and take some time during a very hectic month, to reflect, remember and celebrate those very special people who we’ve been lucky enough to have in our lives.”

All money raised through donations in memory will support the work of St Oswald’s Hospice, with local adults, young people and children with incurable conditions.

Anyone who would like to remember a loved one this way should call St Oswald’s fundraising team on 0191 246 9123, email or visit