Over a hundred people attended the  annual ‘Light Up a Life’ carol service when the Christmas lights were turned on. Children from Walkergate Primary School and Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund patrons, Ian McFall and Gayle Tomlinson attended, along with members of the Mesothelioma Self-help Group.

Many of the supporters gave donations in memory of loved ones, who are remembered by their personal messages lovingly place on the tree and through the lights on the Christmas tree, which shine through Christmas and into the New Year.

The  lights were turned on at the carol service by Anne Craig, Chair of South tyneside Mesothelioma Self-help Group who also said a prayer of dedication. Christmas  readings were given by Carol Cockburn and Aileen O’Brien and children from Walkergate Primary Schools sang their carols beautifully and we thank them and the teachers  for their support.

We appreciate the kind support of those who helped us raise  a total of £421.00.  People  are invited to make a donation in memory of a loved one, or a friend, who will be remembered through the lights that shine on the hospice Christmas tree from early December through Christmas and the New Year.  Donations stating “Light up a Life” can be made via PayPal on our website or direct to our bank account.

Donations by cheque payable to MKMRF  stating “Light up a Life” send to MKMRF, British Lung Foundation, Sir G B Hunter Memorial Hospital, The Green, Wallsend. NE28 7PB

Each year we hold a “Light up a Life” Carol service at Walkerville Community Centre on the last Friday in November at 11.00am when the Christmas Tree lights are turned on.

These carol services hold a very special significance for many people, who are remembering family members and loved ones from years gone by, as well as the relatives of patients who have lost loved ones to mesothelioma.

If you are unable to join us at the service your  message will be handwritten and lovingly placed on the tree on your behalf.

Further pictures to follow





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