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Wellburn end their 30 days of supporting St Oswald's on a high note

It’s been a long journey for our supporters at Wellburn Care Homes, but over the 30 days of November they’ve managed to raise an impressive £4,500! Our friends at Wellburn Care Homes have been celebrating their 30 year anniversary this year by travelling the region on a fundraising road trip with a difference.

Kicking off their 30 days on the road, Wellburn held a huge Firework Party at one of their Eighton Lodge care home in Gateshead. It was a lovely evening with raffles, cake stands, food and drink stalls and St Oswald’s’ Christmas stall with all proceeds going to the Hospice. Professor Pumpernickel arrived to provide some entertainment for the families with his crazy science experiments. The evening was a success, finishing with a vibrant firework display for everyone to enjoy.

At St Oswald’s we offer a range of activities for companies to get involved in, one of which is our Shop Takeover Days. These days invite a group of around 8 people to come in and take over one of our 28 charity shops for the day. They get to dress the shop windows, choose which stock goes out and decide pricing strategies too. Wellburn embraced these days and took over 4 of our shops smashing their target to raise funds for the Hospice.

Sophie McCormack, Marketing Assistant at Wellburn Care commented:

I’ve loved the 30 days, it’s been busy but it’s totally worth it. I’d say the shop takeovers were my favourite part, the rest of the staff who got involved with those loved them too. It’s totally different to the care industry, but me and the staff included would love to do more!

The finale event was held in St Oswald’s Chapel, with staff from Wellburn Care, St Oswald’s and some of our patients coming to join in. It was lovely to sing some songs around the piano and enjoy some homemade mince pies and a cuppa.

Rachel Beckett, Managing Director at Wellburn Care added:

Our 30 Day Roadtrip took us on a big adventure, covering all four corners of the North East, meeting some extraordinary and truly inspirational people along the way. The amount of warmth and goodwill from those we met out on the road, has been extremely humbling. The experience not only allowed us to nurture existing community relationships, but forge new and exciting ones too. Raising money for St Oswald's as we went, I can look back now with immense pride at the effort from all of my team, and the kindness shown from all of our communities.

Siobhan Sargeant, Corporate Fundraiser added:

We’d like to say a massive thank you to Wellburn, for taking on this road trip for the hospice. The amount they’ve raised is incredible in a month and we can’t thank them enough. The staff and residents at Wellburn have really got involved selling raffle tickets, our Christmas Beanies and holding a Big Bake, as well as all the other big events they’ve held. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Wellburn for future events, it’s been a blast!