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Could you help St Oswald’s Hospice to benefit from Morrisons charity partnership?

This month, Morrisons employees in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland get an opportunity to make good things happen for local families supported by St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle upon Tyne by voting for Together for Short Lives as their new charity partner.

Together for Short Lives - the only charity supporting the UK’s 54 children’s hospices, including St Oswald’s Hospice and families facing the heartbreak that their child is living with a life-shortening condition - have an amazing chance to win a charity partnership with Morrisons, but they need support from Morrisons staff to win.

Out of more than 100 charities to apply, a relatively small charity with a big heart, Together for Short Lives, has made it into the final two charities to be the supermarket giant, Morrisons, charity partner. The result will be decided by a 10-day Morrisons staff vote and the winning charity will enter a three-year partnership aiming to raise around £10 million.

“A partnership with Morrisons, and the money raised, would be transformational for our local families caring for a seriously ill child and for us at St Oswald’s Hospice. If you work for Morrisons, please choose Together for Short Lives as your next charity partner in the staff vote.” - Steph Edusei, Chief Executive, St Oswald’s Hospice.

St Oswald’s Hospice provides lifeline support to families coping with the difficulties associated with caring for a child with a life-limiting condition. Although the hospice offers end of life care when needed, it’s also very much a place to live and enjoy life. A large part of their work with north east families is through their specialist short break service for babies, children and young adults aged 0-25 years with progressive, life-shortening conditions. The service is nurse-led meaning that care is provided for all a child’s medical needs, so families can relax knowing that their child is in safe hands.

Megan Killington from Blyth is mum to Sophia 6, who comes to St Oswald’s Children’s Service for regular short breaks. She explains how the hospice has been a life-line for their family for the three and a half years Sophia has attended, and how her daughter enjoyed a summer of fun and adventure during her stay this year: 

Thanks to St Oswald’s Hospice we have experienced things together this summer I honestly never thought were possible. I can’t imagine our life without the support we receive from them.

“Hospice staff contacted me, asking if during Sophia’s respite visit they could take her surfing & my instant reaction was surely not, that’s not possible? She’s nil by mouth which means no food or liquid can go into her mouth so this just sounded impossible. I was blown away at how thought through everything was. I was crying tears of joy seeing her face so excited, she was laughing like I’ve never seen her laugh before and I learnt that she was actually such a thrill-seeker. Precious memories were made this summer to treasure forever, thanks to the hospice”

Andy Fletcher Chief Executive at Together for Short Lives highlights the difference this partnership would make for St Oswald’s Hospice.

“Families of seriously ill children are pushed to their limits every day. Their local children’s hospice provides them with the time and space they need to make precious memories that last a lifetime – the chance to be parents, not carers. At the same time, children’s hospices are struggling to meet demand, as the number of seriously ill children in the UK is growing, meaning more families are having to cope alone. A partnership with Morrisons will make good things happen – enabling hospices to provide lifeline support to even more families who need them right in the heart of our community”.

A vote for Together for Short Lives is a vote for your local children’s hospice, St Oswald’s.

If you work for Morrisons or know someone who does, please choose Together for Short Lives as your next charity partner in the staff vote. Thank you.