Yet again it's been another crazy month with so much happening and so much to update you all with, but we'll start at the hotly contested NGNPUK quiz night held at St Andrews Hall on Sat 6th May.
Quiz Night 2017
Last year when we decided to do our very first quiz, we learned so many lessons for the next time we considered doing another one, but the best by far, was to prepare the questions early.... one round a month, 10 questions.. easy!!! Well, it MAY have been if we had followed our own advise instead of leaving it all to the last minute. We planned on the same style format which then left us a flat out mad rush for the last couple of months to get everything prepared. At this point we'd like to thank Google!! ‘Nuff said!!
The night went really well and it was a close run thing between all the teams and lots of fun was had by all. The baking fairies had been up to their usual tricks producing some scrumptious cakes and we made a whopping £603.51 on the night. We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated something for the raffle.
A special mention and big thank you to Melanie Gowler and the team at McCain for printing all our quiz sheets. This was a huge help to us xx
We had an amusing Sunday morning reading through the answer sheets and from the feedback such as below suggests the balance of questions was right :)
"A big well done to everyone who helped organise and run the quiz tonight! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves again. ☺ Hope you've made loads of money! X"
John Lewis community matters.
Amongst the chaos of planning the quiz, we were able to pop into John Lewis for a coffee (and cake of course) and to also pop our tokens into the NGNPUK tub.
Every 3 months John Lewis support 3 great causes, one of which this time is NGNPUK. Take a look at our selfie gallery, and if you get the chance, pop along and give us a helping hand by dropping your tokens into the NGNPUK tub, and how about sending us those selfies? :). The opportunity exists for the whole of May, June and July!
We'd like to thank Vicky Johnson; Andrea Lindley; Pauline Huett; Natasha Shiels; Anita Exton; Paul and Natalie Markham; Jason Mockett and everyone else who has dropped in a token for us. This all goes towards a syringe driver that can be shared amongst all areas.
We’re fortunate to be in the minds of many people and we’d like to say a big thank you to Enid Leckie for the kind donation we received and to Christine Nicholls from Gifts galore for donating some raffle prizes to us for our events.
We were extremely honoured to have been one of the charity’s selected by the outgoing Whittlesey Mayor to receive a very generous donation of £900 towards a syringe driver. We were invited along to the Town Council to receive the cheque and to have some photos with Mayor Alex Miscandlon and it was a wonderful opportunity to thank the town council.
A big thank you to Mayor Alex Miscandlon, Sue Piergianni and the rest of the Whittlesey Town councillors for thinking of us. This community really does amazing things!!
Really making a difference.
It is sometimes easy to forget just how much of a difference we're making to the wonderful district nursing team who are out in the community every day doing such an amazing job. It is touching to receive feedback from them, but as demonstrated below, it really does help them deliver the best care possible:
"Hi, I have seen your posts over the last few days and wanted to say a huge thank you for everything you are doing! I am a community nurse covering the areas you talk about and know it can be very frustrating for ourselves and patients (and their families) when we can’t get access to equipment fast enough. On behalf of myself and my colleague’s thank you it’s making a huge difference to a lot of families. It’s not an easy time and the less stress and things families have to worry about the better"
It’s even more special when we receive feedback from the families directly as we recently did below:
“I wanted to say how happy that you raise funds for the syringe drivers my father in law received one to use today and he certainly is benefiting from it instead of having a lot of jabs and making him comfortable. I just wanted to thank you”
We could not be prouder to have helped in any small way.
TSB Community Causes
One of the lovely things about what we do is the impact it makes in the local communities in which we work, and we are starting to get recognition in the wider community. This makes schemes such as the TSB chosen charities a brilliant opportunity to expand on the work we're doing.
The TSB scheme allows for charities to be nominated to a local community branch, and for the staff in those branches to choose a charity to support for their fundraising efforts.
We've received loads of nominations, and hopefully we're up with a chance to be selected. We'd like to thank everyone who nominated us and we have our fingers crossed. :)
It was 2 years ago that we undertook our first ever fundraiser where Louise, Sam and Lee biked 54 long miles! It's also where we thought up the name "No gain", as we intended to lose weight, "no pain" - which speaks for itself.
Our intention was to raise enough money for a syringe driver, but thanks to each and every one of you who has helped us on this journey to date, we're preparing to hand over 6 more syringe drivers bringing the total donated so far to 18 and we can't wait.
We really can't explain how proud we are of this achievement and what our community has delivered.
All of the hard work over the last few months meant that we were ready to organise the handover of our latest batch of drivers. We were also very fortunate enough to help the nurses with a couple of other requests they had.
Our crafting army had produced a staggering 257 syringe driver bags over the last few months which is amazing and really do make such a difference to the patients and their families.
Thank you to everyone who has donated their time to make one. There is always a demand for these bags as they can only be used with one patient, so please get in touch if you’d like to help.
Another big thank you to Julie from Making for Charity who helped with the pattern and lots of advice and Lee at Interior Good Direct in Wakefield for donating boxes of material whenever we need it :) xx
Also, a huge thank you to Lewis Leo and Hayley Smith from Craft yourself silly in Newcastle for the box of material and the letter of encouragement we received from them supporting us.
The next phase of the handover also included delivering 18 equipment boxes to help the district nurses keep all their equipment together when they are in people’s homes.
When the nurses carry a syringe driver into a patient’s home they also need syringes, needles, infusion lines, medication and charts etc. Some of this equipment can get separated in the home with everything going on. These boxes will ensure all the correct equipment will be available for the driver and will help to keep everything clean and safe. The boxes needed to be easy to use, have a handle, be hard plastic, durable and easy to clean.
We had a challenge getting the best value and quantity from the large retailers but thankfully Stuart at Proper Building Supplies in Whittlesey stepped in, managed sort the pricing and orders for us. Also a big thank you to Noel and Lesley Muncey at Century Embroidery for printing the stickers, both wonderful local Whittlesey businesses.
We hope they help our nurses who are out there everyday using this equipment, and you can see some pictures in our gallery.
Then on Friday 19th May we handed over 6 more Syringe drivers with lockboxes, 18 equipment boxes and 257 bags all for use in the local communities by our district nursing teams.
The handover took place at the Oundle GP surgery, where the district nurses there had seen the improvement in the Whittlesey areas and had asked for our help in raising awareness and with help fund raising. We were pleased to be able to provide the drivers and they were shared as follows:
- 1 for Oundle covering Achurch, Benefield, Lutton, Warmington, Polebrook, Pilton and surrounding towns and villages. Our first in this area :)
- 2 more for Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye, Stanground and surrounding towns and villages.
- 1 more for the Wansford team covering, Laxton, Tixover, Stibbington, Wittering, Collyweston, Barnack, Sutton, Castor & Alisworth and surrounding areas.
- 2 which can be shared between all areas covered by our local community nursing teams
Louise, Lee and Sam