Light up a life this Christmas

L-R Helen Alderson, St Oswald's fundraiser, Summer Martin, age 5, Blake Martin, 7, Charlie Richmond from Newcastle Panto Company, Connie Martin, 3 and Lucy Smith, Fundraiser at St Oswald's.

L-R Helen Alderson, St Oswald's fundraiser, Summer Martin, age 5, Blake Martin, 7, Charlie Richmond from Newcastle Panto Company, Connie Martin, 3 and Lucy Smith, Fundraiser at St Oswald's.

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Residents are being offered a chance to remember a lost loved one this Christmas.

St Oswald’s Hospice is offering people the chance to take part in their ‘Light up a Life’.

For a donation to the Hospice, supporters can dedicate a light in memory of a loved one, on a special Christmas tree, which will be displayed at a Remembrance Service in December.

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.

Supporters are invited to attend the Light up a Life Remembrance Service which takes place on Wednesday, December 16, at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. Doors open at 5pm, service starts at 6pm.

Anyone who would like to remember a loved one this way should call St Oswald’s fundraising team on 0191 246 9123, email fundraising@stoswaldsuk.org or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/light-up-a-life-2015

Elsewhere, visitors to St Oswald’s Christmas Market are in for plenty of seasonal surprises and festive fun this year.

The popular annual market is taking place in the grounds of the Hospice, on Regent Avenue in Gosforth, between 11am and 3pm on Saturday, November 28.

This year’s theme is ‘Pantomime Favourites’, and fancy dress is encouraged.

Stalls will include handmade arts and crafts, children’s toys, Christmas gifts for the whole family and local food and drink. There will be a Santa’s Grotto with a gift for each child, carol singers to entertain the crowds and mulled wine to keep the thirst at bay.

The Disney Store will be running childrens drop in animation workshops, Seven Stories the national centre for childrens books, will bring beloved characters to life in storytelling sessions and Whitehouse Farm, Morpeth will introduce visitors to a selection of cute and cuddly creatures.

Special guests, Numpty Norman (Charlie Richmond) and Widow Twanky (Maxie Peters) from Newcastle Panto Company’s ‘Aladdin’ will be on hand to officially open the event and welcome market goers.

Entry to the market is £2 for adults, £1 for over 12s and children under 12 go free.