AN ANNUAL campaign providing people with the opportunity to remember loved ones who have died, while raising funds for a worthwhile cause, has been launched early to help communities through lockdown.

Tynedale Hospice at Home, which provides end of life care in people’s homes, runs the Light up a Life service every Christmas. But the charity has launched the scheme well in advance of the usual date, with the addition of allowing people to dedicate a star in honour of a loved one on the hospice’s star page.

Mike Thornicroft, the charity’s chief executive, said, “As we continue to provide care in the community, our nurses see first-hand how the pandemic is affecting families. We want to give people the opportunity to remember those they are missing during this difficult time as well as support the hospice. We hope that people will take comfort in making a dedication online.

“Each star is unique and whether you are remembering a loved one or you are missing someone who has died, each dedication carries a personal message and photograph.”