LIGHTS are set to shine in Woolston this weekend in an effort to combat loneliness and one Hampshire volunteer is backing the campaign.

On December 1 hundreds of sponsored lights will illuminate Woolstone Millenium Garden as part of Communicare's Tree of Light Campaign.

The campaign, run by Communicare, a charity dedicated to eradicating loneliness, has taken place in Southampton for the past ten years.

The sponsored lights will commemorate lost loved ones and the money raised will help Communicare continue its work in the city.

Communicare recruits volunteers who provide practical and emotional support to those experiencing loneliness.

The switch-on will take place at 5pm preceded by Christmas Carols under the tree at 4.30pm.

Cath Mcdermid became a Communicare volunteer earlier this year after reading about their befriending scheme in The Daily Echo.

Ever since then she has been visiting Barbra Reed, 82, once a week with her 7 month year old son Dylan.

Cath said: "I decided to become a volunteer when I was going on maternity leave.

"I care for children as my job and I wanted to do something to give back and help someone while I was off of work.

"Me and Barbra hit it off from the start.

Barbra who has 8 children and 46 grandchildren and great grandchildren said: "I love Cath she is like one of my daughters."

Cath said: "I come from a big family but I don't like the thought of anyone being lonely.

"My friends have signed up to Communicare since I have joined."

Here are the first forty names of those who have sponsored a light and the loved one they have dedicated it to:

Hazel Bracher remembers John Kenneth Bracher

Christine Evans remembers Mam, Dad, Barrie, Herbert, Ruth, Betty

J Loader remembers Mr & Mrs P M Loader; Mr & Mrs F Mills

Malcolm Monteith remembers Margaret Monteith (my wife); Donald Whitam; Jean Whitham

Lynda Giles remembers David Giles (husband)

Vi Noyce remembers Edwin Wells (brother); Edna Lambourne (sister)

John Duncan remembers Terry Gerrard; Margaret Prince

Carol Fagan remembers Lynne Small; Eileen Fagan

Janet Griffin remembers Mr Brian Bagley; Miss Cicely Easterby

Ann Sammit remembers Vic Sammit; Lilian & Arch Nash; Elizabeth, Herbert & Kenneth Hampton

Jean Wilson remembers Ian Wilson; Christine Nicholson; Elsie & Ernie Booth; Denis & Dorothy Howarth

Bev, Chris & Family Pearce remembers Jackie Pearce; Owen Dawkins; Fishy

Paul Harris remembers Lynne Margaret Harris

Brenda Roberts (Kemp) remembers Len Roberts

Gill Yeates remembers Janice Truckel; Gladys Truckel

Jacqueline Emerton remembers Mrs Paola Payne; Mr Richard Emerton

Louise Taylor remembers Robin Taylor

Sheelagh Dragon remembers Charles Dragon

Joan Burks remembers David Burks & Asha Gouget

Ian Powis remembers Roy Starbuck

Doreen Powis remembers Roy Starbuck

Iris Arnold remembers Dennis Arnold

Joan Cole remembers Norman Cole

Audrey Shephard remembers Fiona Shephard

Barrie Hitchiner remembers George Hitchiner; Joan Hitchiner

Clare Challis remembers Ted Challis My special Dad, born Christmas Day 1919, died Remembrance Sunday 2009

Jean Lewis remembers Phil Moody In loving memory of my brother, I miss him so much

Miriam Page remembers Ralph Page Love you forever. Mum,Dad,Angela,Archie,Monty & Fiona & Family

Patricia Rogers remembers John & Margaret Jamieson From "The Gang"

Yates Family remembers Eileen Yates; Charlie Yates; Pop Yates; Maisie Gentle Remembered with love by all their family

Maureen French remembers Rose McQuay; Mary Vine; Rick Ricketts Loved and missed

Maralyn Burt remembers Peggy&Bert Bagg Loved & missed by Maralyn, Bob, Zo, Ang & Marie xxxxx

Maralyn Burt remembers Ron Burt Loved & missed by Bob, Madge, Zoe, Angie & Marie xxxxx

The Clewlow Family remembers Lydia & Vic Clewlow; David Burks; Asha Gouget; Fiona Shephard

Jennifer Paskins remembers Amanda J Cobb My lovely daughter

Elizabeth Cleverley remembers John & Ina Bishop; Walter & Susie Mason; Harriet Louise Cleverley Remembered with love

Margery D'Eath remembers Maurice D'Eath Remembered by his loving wife

Margery D'Eath remembers Mrs Hilda Bailey Remembered by her friend

Margery D'Eath remembers Rona & Charles Smith Remembered by their daughter

Anne Downer & family remember Michael Downer