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Local District Nurse ShiShi Ord, ran the London Marathon on Sunday 24th April in an amazing 3 Hours 35 minutes for local Charity HospiceCare North Northumberland.
It was ShiShi’s 4th London marathon, and this year decided that she would run in memory of her Dad.
ShiShi wanted to share her story about why running for HospiceCare meant so much to her.
“My Dad, Graham, may have been a bit sceptical when I decided to do my first marathon, but after he realised I wasn't going to ruin my knees he became my second biggest supporter (the best supporter crown sits firmly on the head of Lorna Logan, and will take some shifting!). He tackled each London marathon with his usual organised approach, planning weeks in advance where he should stand (even though I often spotted him before he saw me!), what time he should get there, which transport would be the best to use and how to get to the pub at the end the quickest! He and my mum discovered a great viewing spot between miles 23 and 24, and we never missed each other there.
I had chosen two charities to fundraise for HospiceCare North Northumberland and Force Cancer Charity, both these charities have played a large part in my personal and professional lives at either end of the country, and I just wanted to give a little back to them both.
10 people bravely took part in an exhilarating 230m long Zipwire Challenge off the iconic Tyne Bridge on Sunday 17th April, whilst raising funds for HospiceCare North Northumberland. The Zip Slide started from the Newcastle side of the bridge, travelling diagonally across the River Tyne for 230m before finishing at HMS Calliope on the Gateshead side of the river.
Local Alnwick girls Amy and Emma Anderson, said ‘When we got the Hospicecare newsletter informing us of the Zipwire ,we jumped at the chance to do it, as they are really great charity providing a lot of care and support for people in our community. We were really excited and nervous. Climbing the step ladder to get ono the Tyne bridge was pretty scary, the chap said “after three or pushed?” PUSHED please we said and then we were off down the Zip at a speed of 25mph – it was brilliant. We would definitely do it all again! We want to thank family and friends for all the support and helping us raise over £300 for the hospice. Still time to sponsor them at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Amy-Anderson4
Zoe Frais, a trustee at HospiceCare North Northumberland, also took part dressed as Wonderwoman said “ People have been really generous and I have managed to raise £630 The nursing team do such a wonderful job in our local communities but each year we face a relentess challenge of raising £400,000. There is still time to sponsor Zoe at - https://www.justgiving.com/Zoe-Frais
Stunning models, superb outfits and cute kiddies helped to raise almost £2,000 at an annual charity fashion show.
The event held on Friday 11th March 2016, in aid of HospiceCare North Northumberland, at Alnwick Garden, saw charity supporters young and old take to the catwalk to model the latest fashions from Alnwick’s shops and designers.
Sponsored by MSP Ltd, clothes from retailers Dorothy Perkins, Foresters, Kiddies Kabin, Hotpsur 1364, Regram Runway, Seasons, The Emporium and hats by Couture milliner Margaret Woodliff Wright were all on display and the evening was added to with the Duchess Community High School pupils performing songs from their sell-out production Rock of Ages.
Rebecca Taylor, events fundraiser at Hospicecare, said: “We are delighted with the fashion show event, raising just under £2,000 means we could provide 100 hours of Hospice at Home specialist care to people in our local communities.
“We want to thank everyone who supported the evening who made it such a success.”
Lindsey Fiddes, representing the sponsors MSP Ltd, added: “It was a fabulous evening, and we were delighted to sponsor the fashion show once again for such a worthwhile local charity.”
Local dealership, Blackshaws of Alnwick, presented a third courtesy car to HospiceCare to support their invaluable work throughout North Northumberland. On presenting the car last month, Will Blackshaw (pictured) said
“We are delighted to offer our support to HospiceCare once again by providing a car for the clinical team to use as they carry out their vital work in north Northumberland. We hope it will continue to prove to be really useful to the Hospice for home visits which are so important to people in a time of need. As a well-established company in this area we are always happy to help where we can as we feel it is very important to give something back to our local community.”
Sue Gilbertson,(pictured)Hospice Nurse Manager, said “we are overwhelmed with the continuing support of Blackshaws. the car has wbecome an invaluable resource for our clinical team to use when travelling throughout our rural communities.”
Sue also added “The Blackshaw family are no strangers to supporting the Hospice, over the last few years they have held a number of fundraising events within their Showroom, taken part in Zip Wire and Golf Challenge events , as well as joining our Great North Run Team. It is only with support such as theirs that we are able to continue to meet the growing demand for our Hospice at Home Services, which has seen a 238% increase in just the last 24 months.”
Wear&Care, is our very first charity shop which officially opened for business on Wednesday 16th September 2015. Our shop is located on the same site as our clinical services at Hazel Marsden House, Violet Terrace, Berwick - adjacent to the Castlegate car park.
Now entering our second year of trading the response from shoppers has been incredibly positive with many making favourable remarks about the quality of the goods on sale, as well as how much they like the way the shop has been set out.The Shop is managed by Joyce Fairburn, who is supported by a fabulous team of local volunteers who have all worked really hard to get the shop off the ground. All goods sold at our charity shop will direclty contribute towards the delivery of our local clinical services.
Our Clinical services remain at Hazel Marsden House, but now newly decorated, we have created a private entrance at the rear of the building for all of clinical services. When not being used by our clinical team, this space is availble for use by local community groups as a meeting space.
Jonny, Stuart, Vicky and Mark Diggens and Connor Stroughton from local family run business Mastora, Alnwick all took part in the GNR 2015. Vicky Diggens commented – “When we heard that HospiceCare had some spaces for the GNR – we decided to take it on as a personal challenge amongst ourselves, whilst raising funds for a great local charity.”