The largest vehicle club in the north of England, NECPWA (North of England Classic & Pre-war Automobiles) arrived at St Oswald’s in their classic vehicles to present the staff and children’s services with a cheque during Children’s Hospice Week (17th -23rd June).
NECPWA was formed in 1966 with the aim of encouraging the restoration and use of all historic and classic vehicles. The club now has over 900 members throughout the North East region and the Tyneside branch kindly chose to support St Oswald’s following their recent charity fundraiser.
The club chose Children’s Hospice Week as the ideal time to present a cheque to the hospice for £500! They even brought along some classic vehicles along to display for the Children, Young Adults and staff to view. The young people who use the Children’s Service got the exciting opportunity to see the unusual and classic cars up close, which was a lovely surprise.
George Dalgarno, Secretary of the Tyneside Branch at NECPWA organised the donation and said:
We’re a large motor club in the North East with a dozen different branches; our Durham branch donates to St Oswald’s every year through holding a Classic Car Show in Heighley Gate. That’s how we got involved, I know St Oswald’s is a really nice cause and I’ve made donations in the past through MG Northumbria Classic Cars too. We set up a few classic car rallies throughout the year and then we produce a rally pass for people to buy and all the proceeds get donated to charity.
It was really heart-warming to visit St Oswald’s Children and Young Adult’s Service. When donating to St Oswald’s you see the children and it makes such a huge impact, it makes you really humble. It’s a lovely feeling seeing the staff look after the children so well and that’s the feeling you get by giving.
Jocelyn Thompson, Children & Young Adults Service Manager at St Oswald’s said:
It was a lovely surprise for the children and young adults we care for, and the staff to see such magnificent cars. Thank you to the gentlemen from NECPWA who came in with the cars and to present us with a generous cheque. Children’s Hospice Week was all about making special memories for the families we support. As a charity, donations like this help us to continue to provide their magical moments and special memories.