Our chosen charity

Each year we choose a charity to work with us, one that is line with our vision and values as an event that promotes inclusivity and community cohesion.

This year, our chosen charity is St Oswald’s

St Oswald’s Hospice, based in Gosforth, provides specialist care for adults, young people, children and babies from across the North East.

Local adults benefit from a wide range of services offered. Our Focus On Living Centre provides many activities and groups for patients to get involved in such as; craft sessions, creative writing sessions, tripudio exercise classes, mindfulness groups and many more. Whilst the Hospice provides end-of-life care, a large part of what they do involves pain and symptom management – this allows patients to continue to enjoy quality of life for as long as they live.

St Oswald’s has the largest Lymphoedema Service in the North East. The service provides pain and symptom management to patients of all ages from across the North East at their main centre in the Hospice in Gosforth, or travelling to one of their outreach clinics scattered around the region.

The Children and Young Adults Service provides short breaks to young people with progressive, life shortening conditions.  Their purpose-built facility includes a sensory room, play and music therapy rooms and adapted kitchens so that children and young people are able to do ‘normal’ everyday things.

Their expert team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplaincy, bereavement support workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and complementary therapists.

St Oswald’s is a self-financing, voluntary organisation.  With annual running costs of more than £12 million, they have to actively fundraise for £7.5million, meaning the Hospice relies heavily on support from the community. The Hospice makes no charge for their services – ensuring care is available to everyone who needs it.