By now, all of our supporters should have received a copy of our Autumn/Winter edition of Snapshot, our Hospice newsletter.
This issue includes a round up of our Summer 30th Birthday celebrations and the launch of our Christmas remembrance campaign, Light up a Life. Hear the latest news from retail including the exciting addition of a specialis... Read More
Our specialist charity shop in Jesmond, By St Oswald’s Hospice is preparing to be fashionably early for the party season at its inaugural VIP Preview Event next month (November).
After months of planning by the shop’s team of staff and volunteers, the exclusive event will showcase a hand-picked selection of vintage and pre-loved fashion. Tailore... Read More
London Fashion Week might be hitting catwalks in the capital this week, but staff and volunteers at St Oswald’s North Shields charity shop are preparing to strut their stuff for local fashionistas at their own special fashion show - showcasing items that are all Brand New With Tags and only £1.
Taking place on Saturday (24 September 2016) at Chr... Read More
We are very excited that we have been awarded a grant by Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ initiative, as one of the three North East projects. We now need you to help us win the top prize in store!
Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups ... Read More
Estate agency Walton Robinson are joining in with our 30th Birthday celebrations by running for St Oswald’s in the Great North Run with a huge team of 17!
Walton Robinson have set a fundraising target of £5,000 to help mark the occasion and business owner, Mark Walton, has also pledged to have his legs waxed for the first time if this target is... Read More
Francesca Tomlinson, 25, is making final preparations for this years’ Great North Run in memory of her father who spent the last few weeks of his life at St. Oswald’s.
Francesca, from Bill Quay in Gateshead, has chosen to run for Team St Oswald’s to thank the team who cared for her Dad.
St Oswald's helped create a beautiful ... Read More
Our biggest ever Shop Takeover Challenge is set to take place next week (Friday 19 August) as staff from Anchor Housing take control of five of our charity shops on the same day.
The synchronised mass takeover will see Anchor teams deployed across our North Shields, Jesmond, Whitley Bay, Sunderland and Gosforth charity shops. Teams will then g... Read More
A collection of rare musical instruments donated to the Hospice has raised thousands of pounds after going under the hammer on Sunday.
Discovered last month during a legacy house clearance, the instruments included a mint condition 1912 Steinway B grand piano and two vintage violins.
The pieces, which were sold at Alnwick Auctions, were snappe... Read More
We are delighted to announce that we have been officially named as the chosen charity of NCASS (Northern Chartered Account Student Society) for the 2016-2017 year.
Discussions have already begun between the Hospice and NCASS about exciting ways that NCASS can best support us over the next 12 months. The plans include donations of money raised f... Read More
We’re celebrating 25 years of support from Wideopen Friends group.
Wideopen Friends have supported the Hospice since 1989 through various fundraising activities, and have recently received their 25 year badges for volunteering. Although only a small group, they have raised over £50,000 for us.
The group is made up of Audrey Trobe, Anne Wilson,... Read More
An ordinary house clearance turned into an unexpected treasure hunt for the Hospice, with the discovery of an array of rare musical instruments at the home of one of our supporters.
A mint condition Steinway piano and two vintage violins were among the items, which together have been valued at thousands of pounds. The instruments, along with th... Read More
A supporter has completed a triathlon to thank us for the care her Dad receives at the Hospice.
Joanne Adamson, 33 from Newcastle, has supported us since her Dad has been cared for at our Day Hospice. Joanne talks about her reasons for fundraising for the Hospice:
“My Dad has incurable cancer and comes to the Hospice once a week for day care, ... Read More
Newcastle United has kindly donated the strips they wore in memory of the much loved player Pavel Srníček ahead of last season’s fixture against Arsenal, to the Foundation.
The shirts were auctioned online with proceeds split between their Foundation and St Oswald’s Hospice, as requested by Pav’s family. A fantastic £500 was raised from the sal... Read More
One of our patients has set herself a swimming challenge to raise money for us in memory of a family member who used our services.
Ingrid Foster, 49, from Newcastle, is treated for lymphoedema at the Hospice and wants to give something back for the care she receives and the treatment her uncle was given when he was cared on our Inpatient Unit.
... Read More
Meet Phil Stokes, a volunteer administrator in our Transport Department. Phil began volunteering when his wife of 40 years, Sally, died at the Hospice. He initially started volunteering to 'pay back' the Hospice, 10 years later he’s still with us as a volunteer. He said:
“My wife, Sally, was diagnosed with breast cancer and given five years to ... Read More
To celebrate our 30th birthday we chose to create a mosaic so everyone - patients, volunteers and staff - could get involved and put their stamp on something tangible to mark 30 years of care.
The mosaic symbolises what the Hospice means to those involved. The concept came from chatting to patients and putting their ideas into pictures. Here’s ... Read More
Lee Clark, aged 22 from Hebburn, began using our Children’s Service aged 10 in 2004, just a year after the service opened. Lee has used service for 12 years, which is more than any other child. His mum, Donna, explains why coming for short breaks at the Hospice is so important to them, she said:
“My son, Lee, comes for short breaks at St Oswald... Read More
Nina, 68 from Jesmond, is a former Complementary Therapy volunteer, specialising in reflexology. She was a volunteer at St Oswald’s for 17 years but had to give up volunteering at the Hospice when she relocated to France in 2012.
Nina said: “I began volunteering at the Hospice in 1996, and at the time the service was relatively new with just on... Read More
The Newcastle office of business advisory firm Deloitte have raised over £9,000 for St Oswald’s since the beginning of their charity partnership in June 2015, and the firm is continuing the partnership through sponsorship of our Great North Snowdogs project.
We were delighted to be selected after a vote by the 200 staff in the firm’s Newcastle ... Read More
Our very first Lantern Walk at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 9th July saw 350 people from the region and beyond come together to commemorate the lives of their loves ones, raising over £33,000 for St Oswald’s.
The Lantern Walk was sponsored by Cooperative Funeral Care and saw supporters walk a 5km course, carrying papers lanterns and electri... Read More
Meet Mary Moore. Mary is a lymphoedema volunteer from Seaton Delaval and this year, she has volunteered at the Hospice for 17 years. What an amazing achievement!She first started volunteering at St Oswald’s when she retired as something different to do and has never looked back. Mary said: “I love volunteering in the lymphoedema department; so m... Read More
Today we share the story of Fiona Clark. She begun volunteering at the Hospice as a Complementary Therapist 15 years ago after being inspired by another volunteer therapist.Fiona now facilitates our therapeutic activities, including arts and crafts and creative writing. Fiona said: “More than 15 years ago, my mum begun volunteering at St Oswald'... Read More
Jeff Rowland is a locally based Artist from Wallsend. Now living in Tynemouth, Jeff’s work is critically acclaimed and sells all over the world.
In May 2006, Jeff’s Dad was an inpatient at the Hospice. After a short stay, he sadly died from cancer. Here Jeff tells his story:
“When my Dad arrived at St Oswald’s he’d almost given up on life. Wit... Read More
This month we are celebrating 30 years since we opened our doors to care for our first patient. We now care for over 2,000 people every year.
There are lots of staff and volunteers who have been involved with the Hospice for many years. Angela Egdell, our Director of Care Services, is one of them and has been with us since we opened in 1986. Sh... Read More
After supporting us for 20 years, Surinder Kaur Ghura, MBE, from Jesmond, has raised a staggering £13,000. With the help of the local Sikh community and the children’s choir of the Gurdwara Siri Guru Singh Sabha, Sikh Temple, she has accumulated the grand total through choir events and her continued attendance to the hospice Christmas fair, in w... Read More
Anne Cassidy, from Wallsend works as a staff nurse in our Day Hospice and is taking part in the Lantern Walk, in memory of both her Mum and Brother, John.
Anne’s Mother stayed on St Oswald’s Inpatient unit in February 1987, not long after we officially opened our doors in July 1986. At the time Anne lived in Scotland but was so impressed with... Read More
July is a really exciting month for us as we’re celebrating our 30th birthday!
Over 30 years ago, local lady Dorothy Jameson set out a vision for a North East hospice. She was part of a group from St George’s Church in Jesmond, and they gathered together an influential group of supporters to ‘kick off’ an appeal to raise vital funds for a Hospi... Read More
Nichola Sweet, from Northumberland, is taking part in our Lantern Walk on Saturday 9th July, in memory of her grandmother, Isabel, who she called ‘Nanna Bel’.
Isabel died aged 85 when she was taken in to hospital with pneumonia, and it was then she was also diagnosed with lung cancer. Nichola didn’t get chance to say goodbye to her Nanna Bel, b... Read More
A group of nine ramblers from St Mary’s the Virgin Church in Ovingham, Northumberland have recently completed the St Oswald’s Way walk to raise funds for their local church and for St Oswald’s Hospice.
St Oswald’s Way is a long distance walking route which incorporates some of the most picturesque and historical locations from across the North ... Read More
A brand new event in the region this summer will invite people to come together to remember those who were special to them.
The Lantern Walk is being organised by St Oswald’s Hospice, Newcastle and will see 1,000 supporters gather together at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 9th July. Each holding a paper lantern, the walkers will light the ... Read More
A local family are holding a fundraising event this month, in memory of their wife and mother. Cindy Pearson died in 2010, of Ovarian cancer and received care at St Oswald’s.
Over the last five years, Cindy’s daughter, 24 year old Colleen Pearson, from Gosforth, along with other members of the Pearson family, has raised over £14,000 for the ... Read More
Comedy fans are in for a treat as a host of well-known faces will come together for ‘Chuckle for Charity’ at The Stand, Newcastle on Tuesday 26th July.
The evening promises to be an hilarious event and will promote our fantastic achievements ahead of our 30th Birthday celebrations. The event will be held at top Newcastle comedy club, The Stand,... Read More
Health conscious staff and members at a Newcastle gym put down the weights and picked up the cakes in support of St Oswald’s last month.
Pure Gym based at Quorum Business Park in Longbenton, Newcastle signed up to take part in our Big Birthday Bake, in celebration of our 30th Anniversary this year. Staff baked a range of sweet treats, from h... Read More
By now, all of our supporters should have received a copy of our Spring Summer edition of Snapshot, our Hospice newsletter.
As we celebrate our 30th Birthday in July, the theme of this edition of Snapshot is #30yearofcare. There are features about what our staff and patients are doing to mark the occasion, how legacies are vital to our future ... Read More
On Monday 6th of June, we hosted our annual Volunteers Cream Tea. The event marked national Volunteers’ Week (1st-12th June) and honoured the hard work and dedication of our volunteers.
Across the UK each year, more than 125,000 volunteers generously give their free time to support hospice care in different ways, including over 1300 volunteers... Read More
A volunteer and supporter is on a mission to complete 40 challenges before her 40th birthday, to raise money for the Hospice.
Vikki Bennett, 39, from Gosforth, Newcastle, is less than 10 months away from her 40th birthday and wants to do something amazing to celebrate.
Before turning 40, Vikki will be taking on a number of challenges with the ... Read More
A family who are supported by our Children and Young Adults Service have enjoyed the perfect wedding day, with a little help from our care team.
Here at the Hospice we celebrate the time that families living with a child who has a life-shortening condition have together and aim to support them in making memorable moments.
As its Children’s Hos... Read More
Throughout June 2016, St. Oswald’s Hospice is offering members of the public an opportunity to create or renew their will at a discounted rate of just £90 for an individual will and £125 for a pair of wills. The solicitor will then donate the entire fee to St. Oswald’s Hospice.
Make a Will month has ran for one month every year since 1998 and h... Read More
Two families who use our Children and Young Adults Service have been spoilt to special days out in a Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II.
Over the last few days we have been arranging special visits with the support of national children’s charity Together for Short Lives, as part of Children’s Hospice Week.
Wannabe Disney princess Keira Moore, aged si... Read More
We’re encouraging local people to be open in their conversations about death during Dying Matters Awareness Week, which runs throughout the week.
This year’s theme is ‘The Big Conversation’, raising awareness of the importance of talking more openly about end of life wishes. The latest figures show that 72% of members of the public believe that... Read More
We have teamed up with Together for Short Lives and Rolls-Royce to offer you an incredible opportunity to live life in the fast lane by renting a Rolls Royce Ghost Rider II between 17th and 19th May.
Rolls-Royce has kindly donated the special car for us to use in the lead up to Children’s Hospice Week later this month, in order to promote our ... Read More
It’s always lovely to receive feedback from patients and families that we have cared for. Here’s a letter which was sent to us from a family member recently…
"I live 5 to 10 minutes away from St Oswald’s. As a cancer patient I knew it as a Hospice which catered for the terminally ill. Having successfully come through three years of surgery and ... Read More
Mobile network operator and internet service provider EE has donated four tablets to the Hospice for use within our Children and Young Adults Service and Family Support Team. EE’s North East team hope that this is the beginning of further joined up working.
The donated tablets will be put to good use by the children, young adults and families u... Read More
A Sunderland family who access care at our Children’s Hospice opened our very first charity shop in Sunderland on Monday, 18th April.
Beth Butler, a child who comes to our Children’s Hospice for short breaks, and her mum Nikki, cut the ribbon of St Oswald’s 27th charity shop. Beth is 14 years old and has been cared for at the Hospice since she ... Read More
Business leaders from across the North East gathered at an event to highlight the potential regional benefits to be gained by supporting our Great North Snowdogs campaign.
Following the launch of our exciting project, Tyne and Wear Metro joined forces with the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) and Northumbrian Water to encourage other busi... Read More
If you are a singer or musician, have a few hours to spare, and would like to entertain a friendly audience, we’d love to hear from you!
Music is good for the soul, and so we’d like to provide live music to make our day patients time with us even more enjoyable.
Due to the nature of our patients’ illnesses and the reasons for their visits to u... Read More
Last year we launched Focus on Living, our programme for day patients and their carers, and we’ve been overwhelmed by the success of its first year.
Focus on Living aims to enable patients with incurable conditions to feel better in themselves, by benefiting from a range of structured, sessional activities that are tailored to their individual ... Read More
St Oswald’s PAT dog, Maida, will soon be heading off to take part in the world’s largest dog show – Crufts - and St Oswald’s staff, volunteers and patients couldn’t be prouder!
Seven year old Borzoi (Russian Wolfhound), Maida, and her owner Julia Marvin from Ponteland, have been visiting St Oswald’s patients and families every week since 2012. ... Read More
We will be raising awareness of lymphoedema during Lymphoedema Awareness Week, 6-12th March.
Lymphoedema is a common condition which causes severe swelling to develop because of a build-up of fluid, called lymph, in the body's tissues. This can be caused by cancer or its treatment; however there are a number of other reasons why people develop ... Read More
Children and young adults at the Hospice had a special visit from players from rugby union team Newcastle Falcons.
The Newcastle Falcons players got a chance to meet the children and young adults staying with us, and were given a tour of the facilities, including the sensory suite, where children have physiotherapy and music therapy.
Players i... Read More
Local schools have put their best paws forward by signing up to our Great North Snowdogs schools project!
Great North Snowdogs will see large scale sculptures of the much loved character from the Raymond Briggs short story, the Snowman and The Snowdog form a trail across the north east from September 2016, decorated by artists and sponsored by ... Read More
Our lymphoedema staff will be out and about during Lymphoedema Awareness Week, 6-12th March, to raise awareness of the condition.
We provide a specialist Lymphoedema Service in the North East and will be visiting several different locations throughout the region during the awareness week to talk to local people, and healthcare professionals, ab... Read More
This week is #NationalStudentVolunteeringWeek. The week aims to raise awareness of the value of student volunteering. We have many students who give up their time each week to help us in our shops, working with patients, in our support services and more. Here Jess Rae from Ponteland, who is currenlty studying at Newcastle Uni tells us more:
"Vo... Read More
Thank you to everyone at Greggs at Balliol Business Park for your fantastic fundraising efforts throughout 2015.
Operations Manager Ian Blackwood, and Administrator Lynn Thompson from Greggs visited the Hospice today, bringing with them their amazing donation of £920.75.
Lynn tells us:
Each year we support two charities, and in 2015 we had... Read More
We have been working collaboratively with national charity ‘Action Duchenne’ to support young people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the transition to adulthood.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common genetic disorder diagnosed in childhood.
To support these young people, St Oswald’s and Action Duchenne will be holding information ... Read More
One of our patients who has been experiencing hot sweats at night time as a result of his cancer is now able to get a good night’s sleep thanks to a reflexology treatment.
Shaun Fawcett, 67, from Whittingham, Northumberland, has been coming to the Hospice for pain and symptom management since September 2015. He has Multiple Myeloma, which is a ... Read More
A St Oswald’s patient and Star Wars enthusiast has ticked an item of his bucket list, to see the latest Star Wars film.
Lars Svestad, 39, was given six months to live in September. When he stayed with us for pain and symptom management, a family friend got in touch with us to express Lars’ wish to see the latest Star Wars film, ‘The Force Awake... Read More
We are delighted to announce Tyne and Wear Metro as the presenting partner of Great North Snowdogs.
The interactive, mass participation art trail will feature more than 50 large scale Snowdog sculptures, inspired by the much loved animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog. Each Snowdog will find a temporary home around Tyne and Wear on ... Read More
A 25-year old patient and his family have enjoyed a weekend break at a luxury holiday cottage, thanks to local cottage company, Fineview Cottages.
Nicky Walsh, from Cullercoats, comes to our Day Hospice one day a week for symptom management and support during the day. When he isn’t at the Hospice he’s cared for by his mum, Sarah, and his brothe... Read More
We are delighted to announce the lucky winner of our annual raffle! Anne Ballantyne and her family, who live in Morpeth, won the star prize and drove off in a brand new Honda Jazz. The raffle raised a record breaking £46,259 this year thanks our amazing supporters buying tickets in a bid to snap up the star prize.
The car, which was donated by ... Read More
We have been sharing expertise with international Hospice’s, and most recently donated equipment to Holy Cross Hospice in Botswana.
Last year, we welcomed Pearl Ncube, Hospice Manager at Holy Cross Hospice, to visit our facilities and share knowledge with staff and volunteers. Pearl was given a tour and had the chance to see first-hand the rang... Read More
We said a huge thank you to some of our incredible supporters at our Life List Awards, on Tuesday 26th January.
Supporters were invited to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Newcastle Airport, to a ceremony hosted by our Chaplain, Davina Radford.
After thanking everyone for their incredible efforts and achievements, in aid of the hospice, Davina ... Read More
We recently received a special gift which will be used to give families extra time with their loved one after a baby or toddler has died.
Our Children and Young Adults Service provides short breaks for children with incurable conditions from across the region, plus support for families. We can also provide care for children and young adults who... Read More
Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations are putting their full support behind our Great North Snowdogs campaign, helping to raise awareness and encourage the business community to get involved.
Daniel O’Mahoney, managing director, Bradley O’Mahoney, said: “As this is such a special year for us, we wanted to show our thanks and appreciation to the re... Read More
We need your help! Our pack of Great North Snowdogs are so excited about touring the North East in September this year, but we need ideas for temporary homes for them. We’re looking for suggestions of locations across Tyne and Wear, from hidden gems and iconic favourites to up and coming areas to show off our remarkable region to its fullest.
W... Read More
Children and young adults who visit us for short breaks have been making a song with musical instruments to celebrate a new house for hedgehogs.
After noticing a ‘hedgehog house’ at a local Galliford Try building site in Jarrow, our Care Support Worker, Ray approached the organisation to ask if they would create one for our wildlife garden.
Ga... Read More
We were delighted to be chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the long running and much loved Ponteland Wheelbarrow Races, which took place on New Year’s Day morning around St Mary’s Parish Church in the village centre – as has been customary since the early 14th century.
Organised by the Ponteland 41 Club and Ponteland Rugby Club, both of whom... Read More
Make 2016 the year you ‘Do Something Great’ and sign up to our ‘Life List’ charity challenge, in celebration of our upcoming 30th birthday!
January is the time of year for resolutions and making changes, so we are calling on you, our supporters, to make a list of things you have always wanted to do, and make them a reality. Our Life List compri... Read More
A child who visits the Hospice for short breaks took to the skies to meet Santa for his first ever flight.
Last week Dominic Blanchard, aged 15 from Durham, and his dad, Kevin, were lucky enough to fly with Santa, thanks to aviation charity fly2help and Thomas Cook Children’s Charity.
Kevin told us more about the day: “There’s only one night a... Read More
Christmas is a very special time for most and here at St Oswald’s, staff and volunteers pull out all the stops to make sure patients, children and families have a thoroughly enjoyable time.
Our Inpatient Ward Manager, Val Forster, has been speaking about what it's like to work at St Oswald's on Christmas Day. It's Val's 21st Christmas working o... Read More
It's been a busy day at the Hospice as we've had lots of lovely visitors spreading festive cheer!
Thank you to ASDA Gosforth for all of your support with our Light up a Life campaign, you have helped raise much needed funds for the Hospice. Thank you also for your generous Toy Appeal gifts for our Children and Young Adults Service.
... Read More
On Wednesday 16th December at the Metro Radio Arena, 1300 supporters lit up a life in memory of a loved one at our annual Light up a Life Remembrance service. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and took part in Light up a Life, so far an amazing £100,000 has been raised for the Hospice.
Thank you also to our entertainment on the night: ... Read More
Supporters can dedicate a light on a special remembrance tree in memory of a loved one this Christmas by taking part in Light up a Life. These lights will be unveiled at a remembrance service which takes place on Wednesday 16th December at the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, doors open at 5pm, service starts at 6.30pm.
Our lovely supporter Annabe... Read More
Lauren Thompson, 23 from West Denton dedicates a light in memory of her Grandad, Brian Cheetham each year. Brian was a St Oswald’s Day Hospice patient for four months before he died on our Inpatient Unit in 2013.
Lauren tells us:
“My Grandad was diagnosed with lung cancer in June 2012, but previous to this he also had a stroke. When he first g... Read More
A volunteer and supporter is on a mission to complete 40 challenges before her 40th birthday, to raise money for the Hospice.
Vikki Bennett, 38, from Gosforth, Newcastle, is less than 18 months away from her 40th birthday and wants to do something amazing to celebrate.
Before turning 40, Vikki will be taking on a number of challenges with the... Read More
Hundreds of local supporters turned out for our annual Christmas Market on Saturday 28th November. The market was a huge success, raising a record breaking £18,000 for the Hospice.
The event was opened with help from Wishee Washee, Widow Twanky and Constable Pong from The Tyne Theatre’s Aladdin pantomime. Miss Junior Northumberland Galaxy, Juli... Read More
St Oswald’s supporter, Paul Donaghy is supporting our Light up a Life campaign again this Christmas, in memory of his Mum, Pat.
Paul, 47, from Durham said:
“My family have attended the Light a Life ceremony every year since it started at the Central Station in Newcastle. It has become a family tradition and a lovely way to start the Christmas ... Read More
CHILDREN and young adults at the Hospice are continuing to benefit from music therapy sessions, with help from local hospice arts charity.
ChART (Children's Hospice Arts) have raised £5,000 through a range of fundraising activities, which has contributed to music therapy activities.
Music therapy allows people at all levels of ability to make ... Read More
A local family are remembering a loved one in support of St Oswald’s Hospice this Christmas.
Louise Woods, from Whitley Bay, and her 10-year old daughter Freya, are remembering their son and brother, Will, this Christmas by taking part in Light up a Life. Will, aged 5, died suddenly in June 2014 from a rare and aggressive childhood cancer calle... Read More
Two children who have been supported by us have been surprised by a very special visit from Father Christmas, thanks to Wyevale Garden Centre in Gosforth, Newcastle.
Brother and sister James, 7 and Alexandra, 5, accessed our Family Support Service, including bereavement support, when their Dad died in May 2014. As a special treat, James and Ale... Read More
The popular Grey Street Continental Christmas Market has returned to Newcastle and this year, it has a very special guest!
The popular market, which runs daily until Sunday 29th November on Grey Street and Grainger Street in the town centre, will feature a Santa’s Grotto this year, ran by staff and volunteers from St Oswald’s!
Santa will be we... Read More
We are excited and pleased to announce a brand new fundraising event taking place this summer, inviting people to come together to remember those who were special to them.
The Lantern Walk will see hundreds of people gather together at Newcastle Racecourse on Saturday 9th July. Each holding a paper lantern, the walkers will light the way along ... Read More
The region’s business, creative and education sectors came together at Gateshead’s Northern Design Centre on Tuesday 10th November, to hear how our trail of giant Snowdog sculptures will capture the hearts of the North East in 2016.
The launch of Great North Snowdogs, was attended by over 100 invited guests from across the region, all eager to... Read More
Every year thousands of people – not just those with a connection to St Oswald’s – remember a loved one by taking part in Light up a Life.
Supporters can dedicate a light on our Remembrance Tree by making a donation to the Hospice. These lights will be unveiled at our Light up a Life services in December where each light shines in memory of a l... Read More
Thank you so much to fundraiser Paul Donaghy, from Durham, who set a new Guinness World Record for the most two person pantomime animal costumes to run 100m at a racecourse, raising over £6,800 for the Hospice.
On the 31st August 2015, 64 two person pantomime animals raced half a furlong along the Gosforth Park track during the Blaydon Races Fa... Read More
Geoff Hutchinson, an ex-pilot and Day Hospice patient, has been able to continue his passion of flying by taking to the skies in a glider plane.
Geoff was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2010 and in 2012 he starting attending our Day Hospice. Before he was diagnosed with MND, he had a number of interests, including flying as a pri... Read More
On Sunday 13th September, we cheered on over 300 Team St Oswald’s runners in the Morrison’s Great North Run 2015.
We were blessed with sunshine and the atmosphere at the tent was fantastic. We were supported by volunteers from Wyevale Garden Centre in Gosforth, Asda in Gosforth and Wansbeck Road, Sky contact centre in Newcastle and Newcastle Ci... Read More
David Vasey, 35, from Whitley Bay North Tyneside, is running the Great North Run for the fifth time, in memory of his father in law.
Dave Walter, received pain and symptom management care at St Oswald's after suffering from Bowel Cancer and Lymphoedema. He died in May 2014.
David, an IT Trainer at a Sintons Law, tell us:
“My father in law had... Read More
Emily Giles, 31, from Gateshead is taking on the Great North Run this year in support of our Children and Young Adult’s Service, where her daughter Amber receives care.
This is the first year Emily is taking part in the Great North Run. She tells us:
“My 4 year old daughter Amber was born 16 weeks early and as a result of this, she has four l... Read More
To mark 10 years since his father’s death, John-Paul Dickie, 20, from Blyth, Northumberland, is taking part in this years’ Morrisons Great North Run in aid of St Oswald’s.
John-Paul, a Journalism student at the University of Lincoln, said:
“My Dad, Ian, died after a long term battle with cancer on June 21st 2005. I was only 10 at the time, but... Read More