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Lighting a way to helping St Oswald’s Hospice

Hundreds of people took part in St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk at Rising Sun Country Park in Benton. Picture by Andrew Thompson.
Hundreds of people took part in St Oswald's Hospice's Lantern Walk at Rising Sun Country Park in Benton. Picture by Andrew Thompson.

Tens of thousands of pounds has been raised to help a north east charity.

Some 300 people took part in St Oswald’s Hospice’s Lantern Walk at The Rising Sun Country Park in Benton.

Carrying paper lanterns in memory of their loved ones, they helped raise more than £20,000 for the hospice, which provides specialist care to local adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions.

The 5km walk kicked off with an energetic warm-up by Jonathan, from Pure Gym.

Supporters brought along photos and messages to their loved ones to add to a memory wall, which will be displayed in the hospice chapel.

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.

Susan Gallon, who walked with friends from her Wallsend Weightwatchers’ group, said: “A few of us were walking in memory of someone close to us, including a fellow group member and family members we’ve lost.

“It’s nice to be able to support a local charity. St Oswald’s is close to home and the event felt very warm, with a lovely atmosphere. We all really enjoyed coming together to remember special people in this way.”

Libby Nolan, fundraiser at the hospice, added: “The Lantern Walk is a celebration of life. The atmosphere on the night was amazing and we are so grateful to everyone.”