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Durham hospice launches annual Light up a Life campaign
A HOSPICE has launched its annual memorial campaign.
Every year St Cuthbert’s Hospice invites people who have lost a loved one to honour their memory by making a donation to its Light up a Life initiative.
In return, the deceased’s name is entered into a Book of Remembrance which is dedicated at a Light up a Life service in Durham Cathedral in the countdown to Christmas.
This year’s campaign is sponsored by Stuart Wright Funeral Services and the service will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 7pm.
Victoria Dargue is supporting Light up a Life in memory of her husband Craig, who died at the hospice, in Merryoaks, Durham City, in March, aged 39.
A mole on Mr Dargue’s back proved to be malignant, leading to a lump being found under his arm and his lymph nodes being removed.
Eventually, cancer was found on his spine, lungs, legs, stomach and brain.
Mrs Dargue said: “I will never forget the words the cancer nurse said when she told Craig she would do anything to help him, but she could not cure him.
“The day we were told he only had hours to live we were absolutely heartbroken, but I actually got two more weeks with Craig in the hospice.
“It was so peaceful there and I never left his side. Craig’s spirit kept us going. He would often make us laugh even when all we wanted to do was cry.
“The care that the hospice gave to Craig in his last days was just incredible. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They never stopped. They worked so hard and anything he wanted they would go out of their way to get it for him.”
The couple lived in Ferryhill and Mrs Dargue runs Tori Dargue Hair and Beauty, based at Walworth Castle, near Darlington.
The hospice provides care for people with life-limiting conditions, including day and overnight care. It costs about £2.3m a year to run, with £1.2m of that coming from fundraising.
To make a donation to Light up a Life, call Kay Welsh on 0191-3861170 or go online to stcuthbertshospice.com
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