Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memories of Loved Ones Live on in Tree of Lights

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Memories of Loved Ones Live on in Tree of Lights

Article excerpt

Thousands of memories glistened at Newcastle Central Station last night as people gathered for the annual St Oswald's Tree of Lights remembrance service.

More than 8,000 people braved the low temperatures to pay tribute to lost family members and raise money for the Gosforth-based charity.

Every light on the giant Christmas tree represents the life of a loved one and the charity has already raised pounds 114,000 through this year's appeal.

Chaplain Janet Jackson led the service of remembrance, but it was eight-year-old Megan Garvey who was the star of the show when she switched on the lights.

Little Megan, from Gosforth, who sacrificed her birthday presents earlier this year in favour of donations to the charity, has chosen to sponsor a light in the name of her grandmother Betty Hamer.

Megan was a regular visitor when her grandmother was a patient at the hospice during the spring of 2000.

She said: "It was really exciting and I loved it when the lights came on. …

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