Children welcome Peace Light to hospital

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A Peace Light brought all the way from Bethlehem will arrive at The James Cook University Hospital this week to continue an annual Christmas tradition.

Children from the Playdays day nursery will accept the light from the Scouts of the Fourth South Bank Group on Thursday 19 December at around 11am.

The candle will be delivered to the Chapel of the Good Samaritan at James Cook (near the hospital’s north entrance) where it can be viewed by visitors until 6 January 2014.

The scout group has delivered the Peace Light to the chapel on the run up to Christmas for more than 10 years and the hospital’s lead chaplain Malcolm Masterman is looking forward to once again continuing this festive tradition.

“This has become a lovely tradition at James Cook,” he said. “The scouts will present the light following a short service in the chapel which our staff, patients and visitors are welcome to attend.”

The journey of the Peace Light begins in Bethlehem in the cave beneath the Church of the Nativity. The light 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.

The aim is for the light to reach as many people as possible around the world to share with them the message of peace.