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  • Heighley Gate Garden Centre raises over £4,400 for St Oswald's24 February 2017

    Heighley Gate Garden Centre raises over £4,400 for St Oswald's

    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 o... Read More
  • National Student Volunteer Week 201720 February 2017

    National Student Volunteer Week 2017

    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
  • St Oswald's hosts an NECC networking morning17 February 2017

    St Oswald's hosts an NECC networking morning

    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
  • Supporters had a 'wheely' good time fundraising17 February 2017

    Supporters had a 'wheely' good time fundraising

    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
  • Celebrating our superstar supporters at the 2017 Life List Awards16 February 2017

    Celebrating our superstar supporters at the 2017 Life List Awards

    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
  • We are ‘banking’ on the ‘su-paw-t’ of local shoppers10 February 2017

    We are ‘banking’ on the ‘su-paw-t’ of local shoppers

    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
  • Declare your love for charity shopping at St Oswald’s new annual sale07 February 2017

    Declare your love for charity shopping at St Oswald’s new annual sale

    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
  • Proud to be intu’s Charity of the Year! 02 February 2017

    Proud to be intu’s Charity of the Year!

    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
  • Annual Raffle winner is announced19 January 2017

    Annual Raffle winner is announced

    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
  •  Northern Bear show their support to St Oswald’s14 January 2017

    Northern Bear show their support to St Oswald’s

    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
  • John will go to great heights to tick something off his Life List! 13 January 2017

    John will go to great heights to tick something off his Life List!

    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
  • St Oswald's Jesmond boutique recognised for visual merchandising inspiration  06 January 2017

    St Oswald's Jesmond boutique recognised for visual merchandising inspiration

    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
  • Dave has a wheely good way to fundraise for St Oswald's Hospice04 January 2017

    Dave has a wheely good way to fundraise for St Oswald's Hospice

    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
  • Magical visit from Northern Stage this Christmas22 December 2016

    Magical visit from Northern Stage this Christmas

    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
  • Thanks to Weight Watchers for donating some pounds...21 December 2016

    Thanks to Weight Watchers for donating some pounds...

    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
  • Christmas comes alive in Dunston at grand unveiling of St Oswald’s shop window 16 December 2016

    Christmas comes alive in Dunston at grand unveiling of St Oswald’s shop window

    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
  • Product recall16 December 2016

    Product recall

    Train Tealight holder, 8XM259, 38cm, £9.99.   Please do not use this product. Return it to the store as soon as possible for a full refund.   Sorry for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your continued support. Read More
  • Thousands light up a life in memory of loved ones14 December 2016

    Thousands light up a life in memory of loved ones

    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
  • Pup-date your pooch and get crafty for Christmas at Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice10 November 2016

    Pup-date your pooch and get crafty for Christmas at Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice

    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
  • Meet a special guest at our Christmas Market this year! 04 November 2016

    Meet a special guest at our Christmas Market this year!

      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
  • Autumn/Winter Snapshot newsletter now available!21 October 2016

    Autumn/Winter Snapshot newsletter now available!

    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
  • By St Oswald’s Hospice gets all dressed up for its first VIP Preview Event 21 October 2016

    By St Oswald’s Hospice gets all dressed up for its first VIP Preview Event

    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
  • Last chance to get in the front row at our North Shields Fashion Show20 September 2016

    Last chance to get in the front row at our North Shields Fashion Show

    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
  • Your vote will help us to create a beautiful 'secret garden'14 September 2016

    Your vote will help us to create a beautiful 'secret garden'

    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
  • Walton Robinson put on their running shoes to help us celebrate 30th Birthday.09 September 2016

    Walton Robinson put on their running shoes to help us celebrate 30th Birthday.

    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 runs in memory of her Dad05 September 2016

    Francesca runs in memory of her Dad

    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. Francesca said: St Oswald's helped create a beautiful ... Read More
  • Five Shop Takeover Extravaganza Set to Rack up Profits for St Oswald's Hospice 11 August 2016

    Five Shop Takeover Extravaganza Set to Rack up Profits for St Oswald's Hospice

    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
  • Vintage Steinway piano raises a grand old sum for the Hospice 04 August 2016

    Vintage Steinway piano raises a grand old sum for the Hospice

    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
  • The Hospice receives the backing of 'NCASS'03 August 2016

    The Hospice receives the backing of 'NCASS'

    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
  • Wideopen Friends raise over £50,000 01 August 2016

    Wideopen Friends raise over £50,000

    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
  • The Hospice unearths ‘Rolex of pianos’ during legacy house clearance 28 July 2016

    The Hospice unearths ‘Rolex of pianos’ during legacy house clearance

    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
  • Triathlon to thank us for care and support21 July 2016

    Triathlon to thank us for care and support

    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 donation in memory of Pav21 July 2016

    Newcastle United donation in memory of Pav

    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
  • Making a splash to raise money for charity13 July 2016

    Making a splash to raise money for charity

    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
  • Giving something back by volunteering13 July 2016

    Giving something back by volunteering

    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
  • 30th birthday mosaic13 July 2016

    30th birthday mosaic

    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
  • Hospice is a lifeline for family of young adult using service13 July 2016

    Hospice is a lifeline for family of young adult using service

    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
  • An insight in to volunteering as a Complementary Therapist13 July 2016

    An insight in to volunteering as a Complementary Therapist

    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
  • Deloitte and St Oswald’s create paw-fect partnership   13 July 2016

    Deloitte and St Oswald’s create paw-fect partnership

    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
  • Hundreds of people light up the night in memory of loved ones11 July 2016

    Hundreds of people light up the night in memory of loved ones

    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
  • Mary's 17 year achievement07 July 2016

    Mary's 17 year achievement

    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
  • Volunteer inspiration07 July 2016

    Volunteer inspiration

    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
  • Last orders for St Oswald's family07 July 2016

    Last orders for St Oswald's family

    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
  • 30 year anniversary for Angela07 July 2016

    30 year anniversary for Angela

    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
  • Surinder Kaur Ghura, MBE, raises £13,000 after 20 years of support 01 July 2016

    Surinder Kaur Ghura, MBE, raises £13,000 after 20 years of support

    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’s lantern will shine in memory of her Mum and Brother01 July 2016

    Anne’s lantern will shine in memory of her Mum and Brother

    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
  • Celebrating #30yearsofcare01 July 2016

    Celebrating #30yearsofcare

    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
  • Walking for Nanna Bel27 June 2016

    Walking for Nanna Bel

    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
  • Northumberland church congregation support St Oswald’s by strapping on their walking boots!24 June 2016

    Northumberland church congregation support St Oswald’s by strapping on their walking boots!

    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
  • Victoria will walk in memory of Grandparents23 June 2016

    Victoria will walk in memory of Grandparents

    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
  • Remembering Cindy17 June 2016

    Remembering Cindy

    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
  • St. Oswald’s gets ready to ‘Chuckle for Charity’17 June 2016

    St. Oswald’s gets ready to ‘Chuckle for Charity’

    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
  • Gym staff and members put down their weights to pick up their cakes!17 June 2016

    Gym staff and members put down their weights to pick up their cakes!

    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
  • Spring/Summer Snapshot newsletter now available! 16 June 2016

    Spring/Summer Snapshot newsletter now available!

    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
  • We Celebrate Volunteers Week with an Annual Cream Tea09 June 2016

    We Celebrate Volunteers Week with an Annual Cream Tea

    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
  • Vikki to complete 40 challenges before her 40th birthday31 May 2016

    Vikki to complete 40 challenges before her 40th birthday

    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
  • Putting families first23 May 2016

    Putting families first

    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
  • Top North East Solicitors Support St Oswald's Make a Will Month19 May 2016

    Top North East Solicitors Support St Oswald's Make a Will Month

    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
  • Children from St Oswald’s riding in style17 May 2016

    Children from St Oswald’s riding in style

    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
  • Talking about death won’t make it happen09 May 2016

    Talking about death won’t make it happen

    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
  • Are you a high roller?06 May 2016

    Are you a high roller?

    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
  • St Oswald's Hospice and me03 May 2016

    St Oswald's Hospice and me

    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
  • Moving forward with technology20 April 2016

    Moving forward with technology

    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
  • Sunderland family open our first shop in the city18 April 2016

    Sunderland family open our first shop in the city

    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
  • North East businesses attend event to raise awareness of Great North Snowdogs22 March 2016

    North East businesses attend event to raise awareness of Great North Snowdogs

    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
  • Music is good for the soul16 March 2016

    Music is good for the soul

    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
  • Celebrating how to focus on living08 March 2016

    Celebrating how to focus on living

    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
  • Good luck Maida!04 March 2016

    Good luck Maida!

    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
  • Lymphoedema treatment gave Lindsey her confidence back04 March 2016

    Lymphoedema treatment gave Lindsey her confidence back

    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
  •  Newcastle Falcons players make a special trip to St Oswald’s01 March 2016

    Newcastle Falcons players make a special trip to St Oswald’s

    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 meet their four-legged muse25 February 2016

    Local schools meet their four-legged muse

    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
  • Greggs bring fundraising treat to the Hospice22 February 2016

    Greggs bring fundraising treat to the Hospice

    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
  • Our Annual Raffle drives into the record books!01 February 2016

    Our Annual Raffle drives into the record books!

    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
  • Life List awards celebrates our fundraising superstars!27 January 2016

    Life List awards celebrates our fundraising superstars!

    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
  • Sponsor a Snowdog and put your business on our map!22 January 2016

    Sponsor a Snowdog and put your business on our map!

    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
  • Can you help us give a Snowdog a (temporary) home!13 January 2016

    Can you help us give a Snowdog a (temporary) home!

    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
  • It all began at the Hedgehog Hotel…08 January 2016

    It all began at the Hedgehog Hotel…

    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
  • A Northumberland tradition raised money for St Oswald's05 January 2016

    A Northumberland tradition raised money for St Oswald's

    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
  • Do Something Great in 2016 to celebrate 30 years of St Oswald’s Hospice!05 January 2016

    Do Something Great in 2016 to celebrate 30 years of St Oswald’s Hospice!

    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 busy day of festivities18 December 2015

    A busy day of festivities

    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
  • Thousands lit up a life this Christmas 17 December 2015

    Thousands lit up a life this Christmas

    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
  • Annabel remembers Grandmother this Christmas08 December 2015

    Annabel remembers Grandmother this Christmas

    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 Lights up a Life this Christmas for Grandad02 December 2015

    Lauren Lights up a Life this Christmas for Grandad

    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
  • Christmas Market is a huge success!30 November 2015

    Christmas Market is a huge success!

    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
  • Remembering Mum this Christmas25 November 2015

    Remembering Mum this Christmas

    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
  • Remembering Will this Christmas18 November 2015

    Remembering Will this Christmas

    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
  • Santa supports St Oswald’s at Newcastle’s Continental Christmas Market16 November 2015

    Santa supports St Oswald’s at Newcastle’s Continental Christmas Market

    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
  • Join us in walking together in memory our loved ones this summer 11 November 2015

    Join us in walking together in memory our loved ones this summer

    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
  • Great North Snowdogs unleashed on the North East!11 November 2015

    Great North Snowdogs unleashed on the North East!

    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
  • Daughter Lights up a Life in memory of Mum09 November 2015

    Daughter Lights up a Life in memory of Mum

    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
  • Great North Gallop is a Record Breaker. 21 October 2015

    Great North Gallop is a Record Breaker.

    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
  • Congratulations to Team St Oswald's 2015!14 September 2015

    Congratulations to Team St Oswald's 2015!

    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 runs in memory of loved one10 September 2015

    David runs in memory of loved one

    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
  • Mum’s first Great North Run Challenge in support of her daughter Amber06 September 2015

    Mum’s first Great North Run Challenge in support of her daughter Amber

    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
  • John Paul is running in memory of his Dad05 September 2015

    John Paul is running in memory of his Dad

    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
  • St Oswald’s…a pleasant surprise18 June 2014

    St Oswald’s…a pleasant surprise

    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.  Tha... Read More