Charity helps Norma remember loved ones

Norma McAvoy and her late husband Brian.
Norma McAvoy and her late husband Brian.

Every year thousands of people remember a loved one as part of the Light up a Life charity campaign.

Norma McAvoy, from North Shields, has taken part in the event for the past 12 years to remember her husband, parents and a friend by donating a light on St Oswald’s Christmas tree in their memory.

“I’ve been doing Light up a Life since I first began volunteering at St Oswald’s 12 years ago,” she said.

“I come in every other Thursday to do some flower arranging and distribute flowers around the hospice.

“I found out about Light up a Life and I thought it would be a lovely way to remember my loved ones.

“My husband Brian died in 1998 and I remember him each year at the service.

“When the card arrives I put it straight on the mantelpiece in my living room and it’s like he is there in my house again.

“He stays up there all throughout Christmas and only comes down when I take down the Christmas tree and decorations on January 6.”

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