HospiceCare North Northumberland have just had their biggest ever GNR with a record number of 73 runners taking part this year – one being our very own James Willoughby.
Emma Arthur, Events and Community Fundraiser for the hospice said “It’s been another fantastic year for us. It’s such a tremendous feeling to have this support from our local community. Over the last 5 years we have seen our GNR runners grow from just 9 to the 73 who ran for us this year. One of our runners was Doreen Scantlebury, HospiceCare nurse, who said “The Great North Run was a huge challenge for me (double the distance I've done in the past!), the atmosphere was brilliant and although it was very challenging my incentive was to raise money for the HospiceCare.” Doreen crossed the line in 2hrs 04mins.
As a runner myself, It’s always so humbling to greet the runners as they cross the finish line, as I fully appreciate the months of training that goes into preparing for the GNR and the dedication needed to take part. We are very lucky to have this incredible local support. We’re also chuffed that James Willoughby not only came first over the finish line for HospiceCare, with a personal best of 1hr 23mins, but was the 300 GNR runner out of 43,000 finishers.
We've been adopted as their Charity of the Year 2017/218.
Please pop into the Branch and say 'hello' and why not pick up a copy of our latest magazine, Hospice Happenings, whilst you're there.
This is a brilliant fundraising opportunity for HospiceCare as well as a fantastic opportunity to futher raise the profile of our clinical services to the local community.
Imagine getting a letter through the door with a cheque for £1000!
Well that’s what happened to HospiceCare supporter Fiona Sturdy, Community Nurse from Felton, who has been a regular supporter of HospiceCare North Northumberland’s Unity Lottery. Fiona told us she had received numerous cheques of £5 and a £25 cheque, since she started playing the Unity Lottery with HospiceCare in 2012.
On the 9th December 2015, Fiona received a letter and another cheque through her door from Unity Lottery, she called to her husband in the other room to say – “we’ve won another cheque with the Unity Lottery”. He called back to ask how much and at first she thought it said £10.00. However, after putting on her glasses and re-reading it discovered brilliantly that the cheque had a couple of extra noughts and was actually a whopping £1000.
She told us she was delighted, as Fiona and her husband had just moved house and this would easily help them get settled into their new home.
We asked Fiona, Why did she join Unity Lottery? She replied “I really wanted to support a local cause, and living in North Northumberland as a Community Nurse I have seen first-hand, the need for HospiceCare North Northumberland’s services.”
You too could have a cheque dropping through your letterbox of anything from £5 - £25,000.
What is Unity Lottery?
Unity is a lottery with a difference. HospiceCare receives profits directly from the number of lottery players we recruit, so we need your support.
For every £1 Entry- 50p comes directly to us as profit.
How does it work?
For just £1 per week you will be allocated with a six digit Unity Lottery number. You can purchase more than one entry if you wish.
Every Saturday, the lucky winners are selected at random and the prize cheques are issued and posted directly to you, so here is no need for you to claim. You must be 16 or over to enter. Winners have to match 3,4,5 or all 6 digits of the winning number in the correct place in the sequence.
6 digits in the correct place wins £25,000
5 digits in the correct place wins £1000
4 digits in the correct place wins £25
3 digits in the correct place wins £5
How do I join?
Sign up today at – https://unity.charitypayments.co.uk/play?charity=101
Remember by playing our lottery you are directly supporting our cause.
HospiceCare warmly invites you to join us at one of our special ‘Light up a Life’ events this December, to remember a loved one at Christmas.
Our ‘Light up a Life’ is an opportunity to have a moment of reflection and celebrate the life of someone special to you and is for anyone, even if you have never had any previous contact with HospiceCare.
Our invitation is open to all.
At each venue you will be warmly welcomed by a member of our HospiceCare Volunteer Bereavement Support team, who will assist and/or support you if necessary during the event. There will be readings and poems as well as music provided by local musicians. You will then be invited to light a candle in memory of your loved one, followed by a moment of quiet reflection. Afterwards, please stay and join us for light refreshments.
This is a free event, you don’t need to book, simply turn up on the day.
Our ‘Light up a Life’ events this year will be held at
Full details will be published later in the year.
Introducing the beautiful Lexi
Lexi belongs to Jane Potts, one of the partners at NFU Mutual Alnwick, who will be completing a gruelling 500 miles cycle challenge around Scotland next month to raise funds for HospiceCare and guess what - Lexi will be joining Jane every paw of the way!
Lexi will be travelling in a specially made 'tag along' that will be attached to Jane's bike - how cool is that! If you would like to sponsor Lexi and Jane please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/nfualnwick to make a donation, or you can contact Jane directly on email: