Weekend event raises thousands

Julia Bell (r) with her two neices Barbara Malcolm (m) and Joanne Lovell who have raised over �3500 for St Oswalds Hospice. GM020573

Julia Bell (r) with her two neices Barbara Malcolm (m) and Joanne Lovell who have raised over �3500 for St Oswalds Hospice. GM020573

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A Bedlington family have raised more than £3,000 for St Oswald’s Hospice after a weekend of fundraising in August.

It was organised in memory of Roberta Young by her sister Julia Bell, and supported by Roberta’s children Barbara Malcolm, Joanne Lovell and Richard Young, after Roberta died in the hospice in Gosforth in 2008.

The weekend started with a bag pack at Asda in Blyth on Friday, August 16, and then a pub crawl in the area took place to add to the collection buckets.

Then an Aerobathon took place at Paramount Health & Fitness Club in Bedlington, and to top it all, a night of karaoke sessions and disco dancing was hosted at the Wharton Arms, Bedlington, later in the evening.

Julia said: “We wanted to raise money for St Oswald’s to show how much we appreciate the work the hospice do.

“The event went absolutely fantastically. It was really successful, everyone came together and enjoyed it and it was a great atmosphere.

“The pub crawl was great fun and it was great to see how willing people were to donate and help raise money for the hospice.

“The disco was also a good night, lots of people showed up and it was just all about the people and everyone being together.

“We also had a great time at the Aerobathon, there were over 20 of us girls and the room was decorated and filled with balloons. It was really social and everyone enjoyed taking part.

“The costs of the events were covered by family members and the pub, so every penny raised will go directly to the charity. A huge thank-you to everyone who took part. My family, friends and the local businesses who sponsored us and gave donations helped make the event happen and it was a real success.”

Amy Slater, fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said: “The hospice relies on events such as these to help us raise the £6.5million needed each year to continue the work that we do. We’re really grateful to Julia and her family for choosing to support us – we couldn’t do it without you.”

St Oswald’s Hospice provides specialist care for North East adults, young people and children with life limiting conditions. Annual running costs are £9.5million, of which £6.5million must be raised through voluntary giving. No charge is made for the services provided ensuring hospice care is available to all. Call 0191 285 0063 or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org