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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 attendees with their hard earned certificates and medals. Challenges completed included the London marathon, China and Everest treks and Three Peaks Challenges. Trophies were also given to special award winners, who have gone above and beyond with their fundraising in 2016. These were: 


  • Best Fundraising Initiative Award: Gill Wilds for her Zip Wire and Tandem Skydive for St Oswald’s.

Gill is an ongoing supporter and has a personal connection to the Hospice. She has raised over £3,000 through a variety of activities such as henna parties, fundraising within the café where she works, and via social media, as well as taking on some of our adrenaline challenges.  

  • Most Innovative Achievement: ‘The Posse’  for The Splash at Blyth Beach in memory of David Hepburn

David Hepburn was one of our Inpatients, who died after spending some time on our ward. During his illness, David and his close group of friends, AKA ‘The Posse’ decided to fundraise for us.  Since David passed away, ‘The Posse’ have taken on cycle challenges and braved the North Sea to raise funds for the hospice, and continue to do so in their friend’s memory. To date they have raised almost £20,000. 

  • Community Spirit Award (Tribute Fund): Wallsend Harriers for The Toby Run in memory of Linda Todd

Bill Todd & Kevin Payne have supported the Hospice for many years, in memory of Bills Wife, Linda. Bill, who is the current chairman of the Harriers, and his friends at Wallsend Harriers continued to support St Oswald’s in Linda’s memory, by organising the annual Toby Run and generating participants and sponsorship through their running circuits. To date they have raised over £30k for the Hospice. 

  • Team Leadership Award: Julie Alderson for Three Peaks Challenge

Julie rallied a team of 10 of her colleagues from Sky together to take on the Three Peaks Challenge.The team got off to a rocky start due to extreme conditions and sadly only managed to summit Ben Nevis. However, this did not stop them. With some amazing determination and a little more training, they went on to complete the challenge in full.

Julie not only managed to complete her own fundraising but motivated and encouraged the rest of the team to rise over £5k for St Oswald’s by holding raffles, attending bag packs among many other activities.

Following the Three Peaks Challenge, Julie’s fundraising efforts didn’t stop there as she also managed to convince her husband Lee and her friend Suzanne Stephenson to take on a Tandem Skydive in aid of St Oswald’s.

  • Young Fundraiser of the Year Award:  Juliette Taylor  for fundraising through Together for Short Lives

Juliette Taylor is the reigning ‘Royal UK Miss Junior Teen’, who won a national pageant in Blackpool in July and now will represent the UK in America this July.

Juliette has been actively fundraising and volunteering for St Oswald’s Hospice for a number of years. In 2016 she was crowned Miss Northumberland Galaxy Junior and she is now competing as Royal UK Miss Junior Teen. This pageant encourages fundraising for their chosen charity, Together for Short Lives, and sets the girls targets to both campaign, volunteer and fundraise for this cause. Juliette asked for her Together for Short Lives fundraising to be allocated to St Oswald’s Hospice, and she’s a great example of how young people can make a real difference not just through raising money, but by raising awareness too.


The Life List comprises of a range of sponsored challenges, big and small, which people can sign up to, while raising money in aid of St Oswald’s. The Life List was launched in 2013, but has grown from just a few challenges to a list of over 50 adventures. Although supporters are free to raise money by undertaking whatever is on their own Life List, we have put together experiences from the iconic to the unusual, which can be mixed and matched to achieve a bronze, silver, gold or platinum life list award, as well as the brand new mini challenge award for young people. 

A huge well done and thank you to everyone who has took part in the Life List for us in 2016 – you are all amazing! 

To find out more about Life List and the challenge options available please contact our Fundraising team on 0191 246 9121 or visit www.stoswaldsuk.org/lifelist

Thank you to the Copthorne Hotel for gifting us the room foe the evening. 

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