Jenny Booth, a Volunteer Hairdresser at St Oswald’s, spoke to us for this week’s #VolunteerHour about the positive impact volunteering has had on her life.
Jenny told us:
As a busy single mum and a self-employed hairdresser, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to volunteer but I soon found that sparing just two hours a week was enough to ... Read More
A lab solutions company based in Newcastle has turned running into a team sport, by entering ten colleagues into this year’s Great North Run.
Leica Biosystems, based in Newcastle encouraged their staff to show their support for St Oswald’s by sporting a blue and pink vest and taking on the world famous half marathon to raise funds.
Bartosz Balcz... Read More
A charity seven-a-side football tournament held in aid of ex-Whitley Bay footballer Mark Taylor, St Oswald’s Hospice and the MND Association (MNDA) took place last week and raised over £4000.
Taking place at Monkseaton High School, the fifth annual ‘United for Mark’ event attracted over 250 local players.
The tournament, which has grown year-o... Read More
Victoria Morrell, 30 from Washington, Tyne and Wear has chosen to take on the Great North Run this year for St Oswald’s. Her determination to get into running has motivated Victoria to change her lifestyle, while raising vital funds towards our work.
Victoria was aware that exercise can improve physical and emotional wellbeing, so after a period... Read More
A young St Oswald’s supporter is taking part in the Mini Great North Run on September 9th after he receved specialist support at the Hospice following the death of his dad.
Alfie Matfin, aged 8 from Houghton Le Spring has received support from the Hospice’s bereavement team since his dad Richard 33 from Blyth died in June 2017 after a year long ... Read More
Lindsay Marshall from Whickham is taking on this year’s Great North Run for the first time in aid of St Oswald’s, in memory of her mother, Maureen Dews, who worked at the Hospice. Lindsay said:
“My mam died two years ago so I decided to set myself a challenge and run the Great North Run in her memory, for the place that was such a big part of ... Read More
Our hospice chefs have been cooking up a storm for patients, staff and volunteers, thanks to a generous donation from the Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF).
We applied for a grant from the MBF, a Freemason charity, to fully refurbish their aging kitchen, which has not been upgraded fully in the thirty years that the hospice has been open. Our team we... Read More
Supporters of St Oswald's will be sporting their best onesies on Sunday 27th August as an award-winning North East holiday park throws open its doors for a world record fundraiser to support the Hospice.
Golden Sands Holiday Park on Beach Road in Cresswell, has set its sights on not only smashing the Guinness World Record for the largest gather... Read More
A dad of one of the children who benefits from our Children and Young Adults short break service has been using his passion for fitness to fundraise for us.
Stephen Pape organised a beach boot camp to raise money to thank us for caring for his daughter Sophie, aged 8, who we care for every month. He even went as far as doing other people’s burpe... Read More
A couple from Wooler and Hexham, Northumberland, who found love under the Northern Lights during a fundraising trek for St Oswald’s, have raised over £1,430 for the Hospice at their wedding.
Richard and Julie Waters first met back in 2014 on the Icelandic fundraising trek for St Oswald’s. The couple endured sub-zero temperatures and saw some stu... Read More
Our friends at Northern Bear are celebrating after raising £6,000 for St Oswald’s in their latest golfing challenge, bringing the company’s overall fundraising total in excess of £20,000!
Northern Bear, who chose St Oswald’s as their ‘charity of choice’ last year, rallied their staff and clients to battle the elements in their latest fundraising... Read More
Juliette Taylor, a schoolgirl from Ponteland who was recently named St Oswald’s Young Fundraiser of the Year, has been crowned Royal International Miss, International Role Model at the Royal International Miss American Pageant held in America.
Juliette was guaranteed a place in the international contest after winning the Junior Teen category in ... Read More
It's hard to believe that it was four weeks today since Clive & Sally harding departed Newcastle to embark on the Mongol Rally Challenge in support of St Oswald's.
We've been bringing you regular updates since they departed, and this week Sally spoke to us about some of their recent adventures, including; Turkey, Traffic and Toilets.
The T... Read More
Staff from intu Metrocentre have set a new record during one of our Shop Takeovers, raising an incredible £1579.95 in one day in our Gosforth shop Tuesday 1st August 2017.
St Oswald’s Shop Takeover Challenge puts teams of colleagues from businesses across the region through their paces by allowing them to ‘takeover’ one of their 27 region-wide c... Read More
Sally and Clive Harding left Newcastle recently to embark on the 2017 Mongol Rally after receiving a fond farewell from their family, friends, as well as patients, volunteers and staff at St Oswald’s.
Since then, Sally and Clive have driven thousands of miles across various countries and each week we will be bringing you a little snippet of how ... Read More
Julie Roberts, 53, from Gosforth, Newcastle, has been cared for on our Inpatient Unit for pain and symptom management for the last month.
Julie has breast cancer and also attends St Oswald’s Day Hospice. When she attended Day Hospice a few weeks ago, nurses noticed a decline in Julie’s health and put plans in place to make sure she got the care ... Read More
The Rotary Club in North Shields have swung past the £50,000 fundraising mark after supporting St Oswald’s for the past ten years.
The club have organised and held an annual golfing competition every summer for two decades, raising over £100,000 for charities, with participants forming teams to compete against each other to win various prizes. T... Read More
St Oswald’s very own Sophie Adamson, Shop Manager at Re-Styled by St Oswald’s, is fast becoming a TV regular after bagging a second appearance on shopping channel, Hochanda (Home of Crafts, Hobbies & Arts), this time broadcasting internationally to the Netherlands!
After impressing with her first appearance and being described by the program... Read More
When Dunston resident Margy Young sadly lost her daughter to cancer, she decided she wanted to do something special with her spare time and give something back to her local community.
Aged just 26 when she died, Margy’s daughter was cared for by a Carlisle hospice.
Seeing the benefit of hospice care first-hand, Margy was inspired to support the ... Read More
Legends from North East football, including Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley, reunited for a special charity match on Sunday 9th July to celebrate the lives of Pavel Srnicek and Chris Heron in aid of St Oswald’s.
The Pavel Cup, which was held at Dunston UTS, attracted audiences from across the region who cheered on two teams made up of former ... Read More
Juliette Taylor, a schoolgirl from Ponteland who was recently named St Oswald’s Young Fundraiser of the Year, is about to compete in the Royal International Miss Pageant in America.
The competition celebrates and rewards the work that the contestants have achieved throughout the year with a selection of themed dinners and parties, courses for t... Read More
Walking in memory of loved ones at St Oswald’s Lantern Walk
Our second Lantern Walk took place on Saturday 1st July at the Rising Sun Country Park, with over 400 walkers turning out to remember their loved ones with us.
Our walkers took part in a 5K trail around the country park, carrying lanterns to light the way as the sun set. Our merchandise... Read More
Staff from Jobcentres across Northumberland walked and cycled almost 100 miles to complete the St Oswald’s Way route, raising funds for St Oswald’s in memory of a colleague cared for at the Hospice.
St Oswald’s Way is a long-distance walking route which spans from Holy Island in the north of the county, following the Northumberland Coastline bef... Read More
The creative team at our upcycled furniture boutique, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice has launched a new series of interactive workshops, where you can learn to craft like a pro while raising funds for the Hospice.
Artistic duo, Sophie Adamson, shop manager and Sarah Finnemore, assistant manager combined their talents to develop the varied prog... Read More
This week, employees from Lloyds Bank in Cramlington raised over £1,400 for us during a recent shop takeover day in our Gosforth shop.
The Shop Takeover Challenge puts teams of colleagues through their paces by allowing them to ‘takeover’ one of our 27 region-wide charity shops for a day with the challenge of hitting a fundraising target. The te... Read More
St Oswald’s own Sophie Adamson, shop manager at our Newcastle-based upcycled furniture boutique, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice has crafted up a career milestone with a live TV appearance on shopping channel, Hochanda (Home of Crafts, Hobbies And Arts).
Last Thursday (15 June 2017), the 29-year-old made her TV debut co-presenting an hour-long ... Read More
Are you looking for a fun new way to promote good working relationships in your team? How about a low cost alternative to a team away day where you get to help St Oswald’s too? We can work with you to create something impactful and memorable, unique to you and your organisation and the best bit, free to you.
Volunteering brings a whole host of ... Read More
Our friends at Go north East have kindly donated a double decker bus to St Oswald’s which has opened up lots of exciting new opportunities for your business to get involve with.
We think our bus is so brilliant that we don’t want to just keep it for ourselves. By taking it over, you can go where your customers, your staff or people you want to ... Read More
Last year, the first Pavel Cup, in memory of much loved Newcastle United goal keeper Pavel Srníček, attracted hundreds of guests and raised £5,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice. Football fans flocked to see much loved local heroes like Nobby Solano back on the pitch at a special day of celebration.
The Pavel Cup is back this year and the event organis... Read More
St Oswald’s celebrated the success of our Great North Snowdogs trail with a special exhibition evening held inside the Hospice on Thursday 15th June.
Great North Snowdog artists, buyers and sponsors were invited to a special preview of an exhibition of photographic prints showing the Snowdogs in their ‘Furever Homes.’
Our photographer, Lee Gibbi... Read More
Our Annual Raffle is back for 2017 with some amazing prizes! Last year, the raffle raised £37,000 for St Oswald’s and we hope to smash that this year, thanks to the generosity of the business who have sponsored it.
Thanks to the continued support of Bristol Street Motors, our first prize is a fantastic Vauxhall Viva SE 17 plate.
Vertu Motors p... Read More
As the UK celebrates National Sewing Machine Day (13 June 2017), our boutique style charity shop, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice is welcoming donations of any unwanted appliances to help its creative team tailor a new programme of craft workshops, and raise funds for St Oswald's.
Nestled amongst a selection of independent retailers in Newcast... Read More
A keen cyclist from the North East has recently finished a cross-channel bike ride to raise funds for St Oswald’s.
Laura Adamson, who is originally from Newcastle but now lives in France, decided to support St Oswald’s after her late father died in the Hospice after battling cancer. As both Laura and her late father were cycling enthusiasts, Lau... Read More
A couple from Fenham, Newcastle, are about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime in order to raise money for St Oswald’s.
Clive and Sally Harding will be completing the Mongol Rally, an adventure challenge which requires participants to buy a 1 litre engine car and travel 10,000 miles across Europe and Asia over the summer 2017 before driving... Read More
The Hospice launches its first Retail Volunteer Recruitment Week (12 – 17 June 2017) in response to ‘volunteer crisis’
As we mark the end of Volunteers’ Week 2017 (1 – 7 June), our retail team has revealed a critical need for 135 more charity shop volunteers.
With a current headcount of 512 volunteers supporting our 28 shops across the region, t... Read More
A busy full-time Operations Manager from Carillion in Gosforth has spoken of her enjoyment at volunteering at St Oswald’s.
Fiona Murray first started volunteering with St Oswald’s 4 years ago as part of her employers scheme to encourage more volunteering within the local community. When Fiona noticed an advert on St Oswald’s website which compli... Read More
Our latest issue of Snapshot, our hospice newsletter, is now available and as always, it’s packed full of our latest news, keeping you up to date with new developments here at St Oswald’s.
We meet a supporter who remembered her loved ones by taking part in our Lantern Walk, hear about some exciting developments for our Complementary Therapy serv... Read More
St Oswald’s recently hosted a long-service awards ceremony and a special cream tea to honour our volunteers as part of our celebration of Volunteers Week.
Volunteers Week, which is being held between the 1st and 7th June, is a nationwide campaign which recognises the contribution that millions of volunteers make in the UK. Across Britain, more t... Read More
Today marks the beginning of Volunteers' Week (1st-7th June) and St Oswald’s is proud to be supporting it with our own celebrations.
Volunteers' Week runs for the first week of June and is a national campaign which honours the work that millions of volunteers across the UK undertake. An estimated 125,000 people volunteer in a hospice each year, ... Read More
Our Dunston shop have unveiled a football themed window display to launch the 2017 Pavel Cup to honour a local football legend.
Newcastle United star Pavel Srnicek died suddenly in December 2015 and in order to remember and honour his legacy, Steve Wraith and his team at Newcastle Legends set up the Pavel Cup. The charity football match sees big... Read More
Anyone planning to move house, get married, start a new family or simply get organised can take advantage of St Oswald’s ‘Make a Will Month’ this June.
The scheme is open to everyone, allowing you to get a great deal on making or updating your Will, while helping out a local charity.
Thanks to participating solicitors across the region, it cos... Read More
The 2017 Pavel Cup will kick off in style next week as St Oswald’s Dunston Furniture shop is unveiling its dedicated window display to shoppers.
The Pavel Cup, which was first launched last year, is a charity football match held in honour of former footballer Pavel Srnicek, who died in December 2015. As St Oswald’s was a charity close to Pavel a... Read More
St Oswald’s Staff Nurse, Judy Hunter is taking on the 140 mile Coast to Coast cycle challenge later this month to raise money for the Gosforth based Hospice.
Judy, who lives in Whitley Bay is doing the challenge with her husband Nick (Director of sixth form life at Kings Priory School). They are hoping to complete the cycle in three days, cycli... Read More
Supporters of St Oswald's have managed to raise over £1,300 after completing the Mad March Mare obstacle course at Hexham Racecourse earlier in the year.
The Mad March Mare is an annual event which requires participants to take on a 10km course whilst tackling a selection of obstacles including; giant haystacks, the sheep dip and a mudslide.
Or... Read More
On Wednesday 23rd March, we invited our supporters into the Hospice to learn more about our upcoming Sahara challenge.
The trek, which takes place in November 2018, is a week long hike through the hottest desert on the planet. During the week, trekkers are given an opportunity to taste traditional North African cuisine, witness the diverse fl... Read More
This July, St Oswald’s Hospice will be joined by hundreds of people from across the region, for a very special walk in memory of our loved ones. The Lantern Walk is a moving and poignant celebration of life and the chance to reflect on those we love, but are no longer with us. The walk will take place at the Rising Sun Country Park on the eveni... Read More
At the Hospice we provide relaxation sessions for people with incurable conditions, at a time when they might need it most.
Relaxation sessions are for both patients and carers, and have been proven to improve mental wellbeing, reduce the symptoms of stress and help to promote sleep.
Carole Taylor, Co-ordinator of Therapeutic Activities at St ... Read More
We are on the hunt for some chocolate goodies to fill up our Easter Hampers.
As part of our Easter celebrations we are looking to put together some scrumptious hampers which the Easter bunny will be delivering to businesses, schools and community groups throughout the North East. The aim is to raise money by raffling Easter hampers in support o... Read More
Team Walton Robinson put on their running shoes and tackled the world famous Great North Run in September 2016 on behalf of St Oswald's.
As part of our ‘Team Challenge’ competition, Walton Robinson were also presented with the 'Biggest Team' award, with sixteen runners taking part from the same organisation.
Walton Robinson have supported us f... Read More
This Nutrition and Hydration Week (13th-19th March), we are raising awareness of the importance of nutrition amongst our patients.
Food, and education about the right foods to eat, is a very important aspect of care in every service at the Hospice, and staff and volunteers go the extra mile to make sure patient needs are catered for.
Liz Watso... Read More
Businesses, schools and community groups throughout the North East are raising money by raffling Easter hampers in support of St Oswald’s – and you can join in too!
Every year, in the run-up to Easter, St. Oswald’s provides all the ingredients necessary for groups all over the region to organise their very own Easter Hamper Raffle. The organ... Read More
Our retail team is taking the streets of Gateshead next week (Monday 13 March) to share the wide range of volunteering opportunities available to local residents.
We’ll be popping up at Trinity Square in the town centre for the day to showcase how a retail volunteering role can offer a huge amount of benefits to those taking up the challenge.
... Read More
St Oswald's has managed to raise over £850 after several supporters completed the Mad March Mare obstacle course at Hexham racecourse.
Mad March Mare is an annual event which requires participants to take on a 10km course whilst tackling a selection of obstacles including a giant haystack, shoulder deep water and a mudslide.
Organised by Cha... Read More
A local running group from Wallsend, North Tyneside, are celebrating after racing past their fundraising target by raising over £30,000 for St Oswald’s as we celebrate our 30th birthday year.
The Wallsend Harriers and Athletics Club have been supporting St Oswald’s since 2008. The club have members of all ages and abilities and of various ages ... Read More
We celebrated the work of our Children and Young Adult’s Service with a ‘Pure Imagination’ Ball at the Hilton Hotel, NewcastleGateshead on Saturday 4th March.
Invited guests, including supporters of the hospice past and present, gathered together for an evening of entertainment, music, prize auctions and dancing, all themed around the popular c... Read More
Moira Leman, age 65 from Kingston Park in Newcastle, has received treatment at the Hospice for her lymphoedema for many years. Moira was diagnosed with lymphoedema when she had an insect bite in one arm which caused cellulitis. When the bite became extremely swollen and red, she visited her local hospital who referred her to us.
We provide a fu... Read More
Vallum Farm, near Hexham, Northumberland, are organising an afternoon of tea, dancing and music in support of St Oswald’s.
The event, held on Saturday 1st April, is called Teapots and Twirls and will combine live music and dancing in the outdoor venue Paddock Marquee, with afternoon tea and refreshments provided throughout. Entertainment will c... Read More
Sweet toothed visitors to Whitley Bay in the run up to Easter are in for a treat! Eden’s Café in Whitley Bay have created a giant chocolate Easter egg which is being raffled off for charity with the proceeds being donated to St Oswald’s.
The egg, made with the café’s own homemade Belgian dark chocolate, weighs between 18-20kg and took thirty fi... Read More
Val Rimmer, 70 from from Dudley, North Tyneside, has had lymphoedema for as long as she can remember but it wasn’t until five years ago that she was diagnosed with the condition.
She is now treated for her lymphoedema at the Hospice.
Val tells us more:
“I’ve been coming to the Hospice for about five years now and it’s great to know that I’m n... Read More
This Lymphoedema Awareness Week (5th-11th March) we will once again be raising awareness of the condition.
Although there is no cure for lymphoedema and the condition is life long, with the right treatment, lymphoedema can be managed to help people to live as normal a life as possible.
We are a national centre of excellence for lymphoedema man... Read More
Heighley Gate Garden Centre recently presented St Oswald’s with a cheque for over £4,400 from their 2016 fundraising endeavours.
During 2016 the Morpeth based garden centre held a series of fundraising events such as a 12 days of Christmas raffle, an old MacDonald themed party and a classic car show hosted jointly with N.E.C.P.W.A North (North ... Read More
Are you looking for a new challenge? In November 2018, we will be trekking to the largest hot desert in the world for an eight day adventure of a lifetime through the Moroccan Sahara and we need people to join our team! This is the perfect opportunity to get together with colleagues on the ultimate team building challenge, or just go it alone an... Read More
This year National Student Volunteer Week runs from the 20th to 26th of February, and St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Gosforth, is making the most of the week by saying a huge thank you to all of its student volunteers, as well as opening its doors to other students who may be interested in helping out.
St Oswald’s Hospice currently has over 90 s... Read More
We were delighted to invite the North East England Chamber of Commerce to the Hospice on Thursday 16th February to help host their Coffee & Connections meeting. The event was attended by a number of senior figures from North East businesses and charities, some of whom were visiting us for the first time.
Sarah Gray from GPA Law attended the... Read More
We were ‘wheely’ delighted to receive £1,406.19 from a group of local Northumberland supporters earlier this year. The 2017 Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race, held annually every New Years Day, asks competitors to pair up, with one passenger and one driver, and undertake a one mile race through Ponteland starting from the Blackbird Inn. 52 pairings too... Read More
We said a huge thank you to some of our incredible supporters at our Life List Awards, on Wednesday 16th February.
Supporters were invited to the Copthorne Hotel in Newcastle to a ceremony hosted by our Chaplain, Davina Radford.
After thanking everyone for their incredible efforts and achievements, in aid of the hospice, Davina presented att... Read More
North East shopping centres intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre welcomed some very special four legged guests this week, as part of our latest fundraising initiative– but these pooches won’t need to be taken for walkies!
The two intu shopping centres in Newcastle and Gateshead have chosen St Oswald’s Hospice as their Charity of the Year. On... Read More
The ‘With Love’ By St Oswald's Hospice Sale starts this Saturday!
Love is in the air across St Oswald’s shops this February with the launch of our first ever annual retail sale!
Individual special offers will be held at 27 of our charity shops across the North East ahead of Valentine’s Day, as part of the new ‘With Love’ By St Oswald's Hosp... Read More
We were delighted to be selected as intu Eldon Square and intu Metrocentre’s joint charity of the year for 2017! And one of the first campaigns we will work on together is the Great North Run, with intu sponsoring the vests of our team of runners.
2016 saw an incredible year for St Oswald’s in the Great North Run, with our highest ever total o... Read More
Our Annual Raffle is a very well supported campaign in our calendar of events, and we are proud to announce that in 2016, it raised over £40,191. All proceeds will help support our vital work in the local community.
We were delighted to be able to officially present the winner of our Annual Raffle with their prize this week – a Vauxhall Corsa,... Read More
We were delighted to receive a very generous donation of £10,000 by Northern Bear, a group of specialist building services companies.
Northern Bear provide roofing, materials handling and other specialist services to the public sector and construction industry throughout the north east.
We were adopted by Northern Bear as their local ‘charity ... Read More
One of our amazing supporters will ‘Do Something Great’ for St Oswald’s this year, by climbing one of the world's most iconic volcanoes.
John Farrington, from Jesmond, is in his 70’s and taking on the ultimate challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, to raise money for St Oswald’s and tick the challenge off of his ‘Life List’. John’s wife, Anne... Read More
An abundance of creative window displays on show at our Jesmond vintage boutique throughout 2016 has seen the shop recognised as ‘Merchandising Inspiration of the Month’ by popular blog, Charity Shop Visual Merchandising.
By St Oswald’s Hospice, located on Hazelwood Avenue is the first charity retail store to be selected for the prestigious tit... Read More
Our very own Dave Taylor took to one wheel on New Year’s Day to raise funds for St Oswald’s.
The annual Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race on New Year’s Day saw Hospice Chef, Dave, 49 and his passenger Clare Richardson join 51 other pairs in the one mile dash starting at the Blackbird Inn in the village. The event has run for over 700 years and is on... Read More
This week (21 December) we’ve been getting in to the festive spirit with a magical visit from the cast of James and the Giant Peach from Northern Stage.
James and a cast of giant insects performed songs from the show, as well as festive classics to the families we care for and our staff.
Carole Dixon, Children and Young Adults Service Manager ... Read More
A huge thank you to Weight Watchers North East for helping us celebrate our 30th Birthday throughout 2016.
This year members of Weight Watchers North East have been an amazing support to St Oswald's having been involved in a number of fundraising and volunteering activities, from providing goodie bags for our Lantern Walk in the Summer, a ‘heal... Read More
We gave Fenwick’s Christmas window a run for its money this week (14 December 2016) as popular Newcastle actress, Kim Tserkezie revealed a live festive display at our Dunston furniture shop.
Best known for her role as Penny Pocket in CBeebies’ BAFTA award-winning children’s series, Balamory, Kim welcomed a large crowd of spectators anticipating... Read More
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A huge thank you to everyone who has taken part in Light up a Life 2016, so far an amazing £93,000 has been raised for the Hospice!
Our Berwick Light up a Life service took place on Monday 12th December at the Berwick Baptist Church.
Mayor Ivor Dixon along with the The Norham Village Band, the Berwick Community Choir and church parishioners c... Read More
Paint Your Own Snowdog Workshops, Saturday 12 November
Our new specialist upcycled furniture charity shop, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice is hosting a day of special Snowdog-themed workshops this Saturday (12 November) where budding young artists can creatively customise their own canine keepsakes.
To mark the addition of our new Paint Your ... Read More
Visitors to our Christmas Market are in for plenty of seasonal surprises and festive fun this year, with a snowy theme inspired by our recent Great North Snowdogs art trail.
Our popular annual market is taking place in the grounds of the Hospice between 11am and 3pm on Saturday 26th November. This year’s theme is ‘The Snowman and the Snow... Read More
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 speciali... 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. Tailor... 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 Ch... 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
At St Oswald's Hospice we provide much more than end of life care. Amongst many other things, we provide day services for people with life-limiting illnesses, including six-week Focus on Living courses.
Courses, such as relaxation and creative writing classes, aim to enhance people’s sense of wellbeing and enjoyment, and are an opportunity for p... Read More
Fundraising at work is a great way to rally your colleagues and make it a team effort to support a charity. But where to start?
Here are our top 10 ideas for fundraising at work
Bake off – who doesn’t love cake? Charge people per slice and rate the best cake!
Sponsored silence – find out who in your workplace can keep their mouths closed the ... Read More
One thing we hear a lot is "Do you find it hard to work in a Hospice?"
Whilst there are very emotional times for our staff and volunteers as they carry out their work at St Oswald's, caring for adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions is also inspirational.
Davina Radford, our Chaplain, tells us about one special patient w... Read More
Writing a Will is often something people are nervous about doing, something only 'grown ups' have or something you just keep putting off.
But whether you've bought your first house, got married, had a family, or just have something valuable to leave, it is extremely useful to leave a Will outlining your wishes. This means you can look after your... Read More
1 in 3 people will be touched by hospice care in their lifetime. But what exactly does 'hospice care' mean?
There are many misconceptions surrounding the work done by the 200+ hospices in the United Kingdom. We want to bust some of those myths today once and for all!
Myth: Hospices are where you go to die.
Most people think that hospices are s... Read More
Here at St Oswald's we have over 1400 volunteers in over 120 different volunteering roles, from patient focused roles and support roles, to volunteering in our shops or with our fundraising team.
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Hospice, enabling us to continue to provide the quality care and services we are committed to.
However, have yo... Read More
As we look back on another year at St Oswald’s Hospice, our commitment to providing first class quality care and developing services around the changing needs of the North East adults, children and young people we serve, remains at our very core.
We have listened to feedback from stakeholders through surveys, focus groups and our Feedback Bank... Read More
We've been providing a lymphoedema service for over 15 years, treating patients from across the North East with this chronic swelling of the arms, legs, head, neck and other areas of the body.
A large part of our work centres on educating patients and healthcare professionals about how to identify lymphoedema and who can help, as well as techniq... Read More
St Oswald’s sits in a quiet, leafy part of Gosforth, next to the vast Virgin Money site.
Many people will have passed by us, some maybe wondering what’s behind the main doors, others dreading even the thought it.
Such is the misconception of hospices that a great number of people believe that you go into a hospice and don’t come out again. T... Read More