Freya helps light up display as she remembers brother

Freya Woods turning on St Oswald's Hospice's Light up a Life display.
Freya Woods turning on St Oswald's Hospice's Light up a Life display.

A youngster helped light up a display to remembered lost loved ones, with a special tribute to her own younger brother.

More than 1,300 people came together to remember their loved ones at a special service in support of St Oswald’s Hospice’s Light up a Life campaign.

Now in its 15th year, Light up a Life has raised over £1.7m for St Oswald’s which provides specialist care to north east adults, young people and children.

Entertainment on the night included Robsons Choice, Voices of Hope Choir, The Longbenton Community Choir, the Newcastle Concert Band and St Oswald’s Children and Young Adults Team Leader Rebekah Hoskins.

Freya Woods, from Whitley Bay, turned on the remembrance tree lights at the service, where each light shone in memory of a loved one.

The ten-year-old and her family were remembering their brother and son Will, aged five, who died suddenly in June 2014 from a rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma.

Freya and her mother Louise accessed bereavement support from St Oswald’s Family Support Service.

Louise said: “The service was quite simply beautiful.

“We were so proud of Freya but without St Oswald’s we would be lost. You are all amazing.

“We remembered our beautiful boy Will in a special way, thank you.”

Davina Radford, Chaplain at St Oswald’s, said: “Thank you to everyone who attended our Newcastle Light up a Life Service, and to the wonderful band and singers for their entertainment as well as the lovely readers.

“I hope comfort was brought to you at this special time of year. I wish everyone a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.”

If you would like to take part in Light up a Life and receive a personalised card and memory star, visit or call their fundraising team on 0191 246 9123.