It's been a while!
Firstly, let us start off by saying a huge “well done” to Lisa Weston, Sarah Weston, Anna Foster and our own Sam Carter who all successfully completed the Perkins Great Eastern half marathon on the 9th October 2016.
As photos will testify, it started off a bit cold and damp, which is apparently ideal weather for running, but during the course of the day, and certainly as all of our runners sprinted past us with a mile to go to the finish, the sun had come out to make it a lovely end to a brilliant event.
It was an amazing achievement from the ladies (it’s prompted our token male to consider pulling on his own running shoes next year!!) and they raised over an amazing £550.
It was a small consolation but there was cake at the end :) and the difference these ladies have made to NGNPUK and to those who benefit from have a syringe driver available makes their achievement worthwhile.
Thanks once again ladies!!
We’ve also been lucky enough to receive a swathe of donations from people looking to find a good charitable home for their first new £5 note. This followed on the back of a story in the media about an initiative to donate the first £5 note received by a person to a charitable cause and we’re so grateful to have come to the minds of so many people looking to contribute to us.
We’ve also found suitable homes for our own £5 notes so the hope is that so many good causes benefit from this selfless act. (click here to read more).
Our crafting army…..
As we’ve undertaken this journey, we’ve made some really good contacts and been fortunate enough to have been able to collaborate with people to help raise awareness of what we’re doing here an NGNPUK.
One of the more personal touches we’ve been able to build on is the syringe driver bags that the drivers are put into when in a patient’s home, which with your help has allowed us to provide 74 driver bags to the CPFT.
We published this on twitter and even got a “re-tweet” from the handmade goddess Kirsty Allsop during her handmade fair at Hampton court palace.
A big Thank You to Jo Hunt for the lovely syringe driver bags that you made. We have been told what a massive difference it makes to patients and their families to know someone took the time and effort to make a bag for them. Xx
More thank yous....
We would also like to say a big thank you to Lucy Morton at Hidden Gems in Whittlesey for the kind donation of £21. Lucy runs a psychic evening at the Falcon once a month and has donated half the raffle money raised to us.
Also, a big thank you to Jane Sumner who donated half her wages for 2 days to NGNPUK as well as doubling up her first brand new £5 and sending an extra £10.
Raising awareness elsewhere.
We’ve been starting to have success in raising awareness away from Whittlesey etc, and have now established good contacts in Oundle, Wansford and Collyweston and are starting to appear in loads of parish leaflets, commutiny groups and magazines.
ITV News - National coverage
On 17th October we were visited by a camera crew from the ITN news who wanted Louise to comment on the NHS, and in particular a poll asking if the public were prepared to pay more tax if it went directly to the NHS (click here to see more).
There was a short piece featuring Louise's story but sadly there was no time to talk about what we are doing at NGNPUK on this occasion but something does need to change to make sure people get the correct equipment when they need it.
We can only hope it makes more people aware of the importance of a syringe driver and the lack of them out there in the community. We'll also keep working with the press in the future to keep this issue firmly in the public eye.
The 14th October was a huge day for us here at NGNPUK headquarters. It saw the result of all the hardwork that our community has done to ensure we had these vital pieces of equipment in the hands of those people who need them.
We visited Aliwal Manor Care Centre in Whittlesey to hand over 8 syringe drivers, 9 lockboxes and 74 syringe driver bags to the CPFT. To say that it was a very heartwarming and fulfilling moment for everyone involved was an understatment, but it was very much gratefully recieved.
7 drivers were destined for the Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye and Stanground areas and one will be going to do its job in the community around the Wansford area, who like, us only had 2 to share between a large numbers of residents.
The 74 Syringe driver bags were very welcome and some were taken straight off to patients so a massive thank you again to all of you who helped achieve this. 2 of our previous donated drivers are currently being serviced so the new ones were timed just right as 2 were needed straight away.
We would like to say a huge Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to make a total of 74 of these beautiful syringe driver bags. These will be given to patients when they have a syringe driver in their home. We have been told these really mean a lot to both patients and families.
Thank you to
Karyn McCarthy, Jo Hunt, Karen Kelly, Karen Weston, Debbie Walker and Tracy Thompson and anyone else we may have missed.
Also a big Thank you to Julie from Making for Charity for pointing us in the right direction and to Lee Fisher from Interior Good Direct for sending us lots and lots of free material :)
Please continue to support us. Like and share our page to keep up to date on what’s going on. These machines are vital in palliative care and make a huge difference to patients their families and the district nurses. No one should have to wait and everyone who needs one should have one.
A huge thank you from the NGNPUK Team, Louise, Lee and Sam. xx