Children welcome peace light from Bethlehem

Children from playdays nursery, all aged three. Left to right: Grace Dixon, James Jobson, Georgina Dillon, Yasmeen Salim, Charlotte Robinson, Josie Walker

Children from playdays nursery, all aged three. Left to right: Grace Dixon, James Jobson, Georgina Dillon, Yasmeen Salim, Charlotte Robinson, Josie Walker

Children from Playdays Nursery welcomed a peace light all the way from Bethlehem to The James Cook University Hospital chapel.

The Fourth South Bank Scout Group leader Arthur Wooff picked up the light from Wootton, Bedfordshire on Monday, after its journey from Bethlehem to Tel Aviv in Israel, Vienna in Austria and Dover.

Reverend Marie Edwards, lead chaplain at the hospital, and Mr Wooff led a short service praising the light of peace, which will now remain in the Chapel of The Good Samaritan close to the North Entrance of the hospital until after Christmas.Nursery peace light 1

Marie said: “We like the chapel to bring a peaceful feel to people. It is a space away from the crowds within the hospital.

“At this time of year, people might be miles away from home either being treated or visiting loved ones but they can come in here and reflect and this candle resembles peace.

“It is a reminder that when all seems lost, there is hope and it’s nice to have the candle as a permanent fixture over the winter period.”

Mr Wooff, who has now been involved in bringing the light to the hospital for more than 16 years, explained how a light from a candle in Bethlehem is taken by a Palestinian child and handed to an Israeli scout at the border.

It is then flown to Vienna from where it is distributed to various countries, spreading its message of peace.