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North East Jobcentres join forces to raise over £2,800 for St Oswald's

Staff from Jobcentres across Northumberland walked and cycled almost 100 miles to complete the St Oswald’s Way route, raising funds for St Oswald’s in memory of a colleague cared for at the Hospice.

St Oswald’s Way is a long-distance walking route which spans from Holy Island in the north of the county, following the Northumberland Coastline before moving inland and across the countryside to Heavenfield.

Offices from the seven Jobcentres involved are appropriately positioned along the route, spanning across Northumberland from Berwick to Hexham to Cramlington. The group raised a grand total of £2,819.00 for St Oswald’s.

Jennifer Burn, Work Coach Team Leader at Hexham Jobcentre, said:

When we realised that there was a long distance walk through Northumberland that linked all of our offices it was an obvious choice for us. Volunteers shared the total distance of 97 miles by covering an average of 15 miles each. Cyclists Andrew Hall and Katherine Patrick successfully covered 30 miles, overcoming a broken bike en-route by calling Katherine’s husband to do a mercy dash with a replacement bike!

Allison Gill, Customer Services Leader for Jobcentre Plus in Northumberland added:

Every single member of team Northumberland contributed to this fantastic fundraising effort, from the dedicated walkers and cyclists, to those who participated in additional fundraising events such as selling cakes.

Ann Small, Work Coach Team Leader at Morpeth Jobcentre explained why they chose to undertake the challenge for St Oswald’s:

A very dear colleague was supported by St Oswald’s for end of life care so we really wanted to help them with our fundraising. They offer a fantastic service for our communities.

Danielle Callender, Community Fundraiser at St Oswald’s Hospice said:

We are absolutely thrilled at the incredible fundraising from Jobcentre Plus. St Oswald’s relies on support from people across the North East as we need £7 million of voluntary donations each year to continue providing care for children, young people and adults in the North East. We couldn’t do this without the dedicated support from local organisations like Jobcentre Plus and their amazing staff.

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