A youngster will be lighting up Christmas this year in memory of her younger brother.
Freya Woods, from Whitley Bay, will be taking part in St Oswald’s Light up a Life this Christmas to remember her brother Will.
A service is taking place on Wednesday, December 16, at Metro Radio Arena when lights on a Remembrance tree will be lit at 6.30pm.
Will, five, died suddenly in June 2014 from a rare and aggressive childhood cancer called Burkitt’s Lymphoma.
Freya, ten, and her mother Louise received bereavement support from St Oswald’s Family Support Service.
Louise said: “When Will died, we felt isolated. We weren’t aware of anything available in the community for bereaved siblings so I asked on Facebook for advice, someone referred me to St Oswald’s. We didn’t have a connection with the hospice but they took it upon themselves to help.”
““We have a lot of contact with the Family Support Team. Freya works closely with a Bereavement Support Worker, Brenda.
“The difference in Freya is amazing since she began these sessions; she now knows when she needs to contact the Hospice for support and Brenda will come over to the house so that Freya can talk with her.”
Will’s family set up The Good Will Cause and through various challenges Freya and supporters have raised more than £2,000 for the St Oswald’s as they wanted to give something back.
To thank Freya for her fundraising efforts, St Oswald’s have asked Freya to turn on the Christmas tree lights at their Light up a Life Remembrance service this December.
Davina Radford, Chaplain at St Oswald’s, added: “Light up a Life is a very special evening, and an opportunity for people to come together at this emotional time of year and reflect on those loved ones who are no longer with us.”
Anyone who would like to remember someone in this way should call (0191) 246 9123, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/light-up-a-life-2015