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Driving force for St Oswald's

A man from Newcastle has set off on the challenge of a lifetime – motorcycling across Vietnam in aid of St Oswald’s.

Umar Yusufu had always wanted to visit Vietnam after being interested in the country’s rich cultural history and after his friend died at St Oswald’s, he thought it would be an appropriate way to honour his late friend’s memory.

Umar said:

After the care and compassion shown to my friend Simon Turner and having seen family members go through the same compassionate care at the end of their days, I very quickly understood the importance and selflessness of caring and bringing solace to family and friends. What's more, it’s not until we need them we acknowledge their existence. I care deeply about what St Oswald’s did for my friend and what they symbolise to me as an organisation. So I have elected to navigate through Vietnam from south to north in 25 days and dedicate it to the memory of Simon and to raise the awareness of the hospice.

Jessica Murphy, Fundraiser at St Oswald’s, said:

We’re delighted that Umar has chosen to support St Oswald’s and we’re even more in awe of him thanks to the incredible challenge he has taken on.   As St Oswald’s needs to raise £7.5 million each year in order to continue to provide high levels of care to patients and their families, fundraising activities like Umar’s are critically important to us. We want to wish Umar all the luck in the world and can’t wait to welcome him back once he’s completed his fundraising challenge.

If you want to support Umar, you can donate to his Just Giving page, or, if you’ve felt inspired by his story, you can click here to find out the various ways in which you can support St Oswald’s.