Lighting the way to remember loved ones and raising £33,000

Hundreds of people took part in St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk, helping to raise �33,000.
Hundreds of people took part in St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk, helping to raise �33,000.

Hundreds of people lit the way as they stepped out to help raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity.

A total of 350 people commemorated the lives of their loved ones by taking part in St Oswald’s Hospice’s Lantern Walk.

Participants during St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk.

Participants during St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk.

And the event at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday helped raise more than £33,000 for the charity, who provide specialist care to local adults, young people and children with life limiting conditions.

Supporters came together to walk a 5km course, carrying paper lanterns and electric tea lights, which shone brightly in memory of their loved ones.

Hosted by local radio personality Alfie Joey, the Lantern Walk kicked off with music from 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 after the event.

Hundreds of people took part in St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk, helping to raise �33,000.

Hundreds of people took part in St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk, helping to raise �33,000.

Those taking part signed up to remember parents, siblings, children, friends and colleagues, and have been raising funds in their memory through donations and sponsorship.

As they 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, fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “The Lantern Walk is a celebration of life.

“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.

“We are delighted to have raised £33,000 so far, with more expected to come in through sponsorship. This will make a huge difference to St Oswald’s.”