NGNP Blog – February
Cold and miserable February weather does not hold back the generosity of local people who are constantly doing all kinds of thing to support our cause and donating both money and precious time. It all mounts up to help us provide crucial help to people in our communities who are at very sad and difficult times in their lives. This is why we strongly believe in “thank you!” – You are all the reason we have been able to hand over 39 Syringe Drivers so far.
Creating awareness of what a Syringe Driver is, when it is used and where it could be available is a very large part of what we do and we always grab the chance to come to groups and clubs to spread the word. Thank you to everyone at The Sudbury Court Coffee Morning for letting Louise come along and talk to you. She very much appreciated the warm welcome and interest shown.
NGNP SUMMER BALL
Summer may still seem a very long way away, but the organisation of our biggest fundraising event to date is in full swing. We were approached by Victoria Marshall, from Whittlesey with the idea of holding a summer ball. This is a new event for us but as you all know, we are not known for turning down fundraising ideas and we are working with Victoria to get everything ready and sell the tickets.
The event will take place at The Great Northern Hotel, Peterborough on Saturday 16th of June and is a black tie evening. A delicious 3 course meal, a live band and DJ are included.
HOT OFF THE PRESS…-Half the tables are already sold….
SADNESS AND LIGHT
It is always with sadness we thank people for donations made in memory of loved ones.
We would like to say a big thank you to the family and friends of Sharon Yarrow who sent us a very generous donation which was collected at Sharon's funeral.
Thank you to the friends of Rita Davey who sent donations in her memory. Rita was a much loved friend in Peterborough U3A writing life stories group who will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Rita was a kind and caring person who always helped others. Many thanks to you all for thinking of NGNPUK at this very sad time.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Mandy Reynolds for the very kind donation of £800 sent to NGNPUK in memory of her mum.
Mandy also sent us a lovely letter which read - My mum passed away on 21st December 2017. She had cancer. Mum had a syringe driver for the last couple of weeks of her life, we was so grateful to get one we couldn't have managed without it, I am sending you this donation to help with getting more machines.
Huge thanks to Mandy and her family for this donation which will go a long way to helping buy another Syringe Driver.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the family and friends of Noel Darby who donated £1303.60 to NGNPUK from the proceeds from Noels funeral. This will enable us to buy another complete machine and lock box for use out in the local communities.
You may remember Noel and Joan celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary last year and asked for donations instead of gifts which enabled us to purchase a machine that is out there helping people now. Sadly Noel passed away recently, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him
SYRINGE DRIVER BAGS:
As the drivers are in constant demand in our communities, so are the bags we provide for them. We are therefore always looking for people to sew them for us and are very grateful for fabric donations too.
Big thanks to Jo Hunt and Elin Styles who made beautiful syringe driver bags for all ages. Sadly any age group may need a syringe driver and all kinds of patterns and colours can be used. We can supply instructions and material just let us know if you would like some. They are very simple to make and make a huge difference to patients and families. This is evident from feedback we often receive and many families keep the bags after their loved ones have gone.
Throughout the year, we hold a vast amount of raffles and prizes are always welcome. Big ones, small ones… soft ones and bottled ones. Again, people remember us and donate all the time. As always, we thank everyone on our FB page and here are this month’s:
- Thank you to Phil and Emma Booth for the donation of alcohol for our future raffles they will come in very handy.
- Thank you to Jo Hunt and Kim Fountain, Sarah Mather, Leeann Fitzjohn and Tracey Hancock for the lovely raffle prizes!
Our bright pink collection tubs are doing really well and thank you, as ever, to all the landladies and lords, shop owners and other esablishments who have agreed to have them.
Thank you to everyone at Quinn’s Bar in Whittlesey who popped their pennies in the collection tub. It contained a whopping £61.30. Thank you to the customers at Fen Wah who also raised another £15.99t.
On Tuesday 6th March the Letter B in Whittlesey were taking part in the world's biggest pubs quiz night. This event took place in pubs across the UK between 4th and the 8th March.
Anything raised at the Letter B on that 6th will be donated to NGNPUK.
Thanks again as ever, to Bruce, Denise and everyone at the Letter B for supporting us. We really do appreciate all the efforts and hard work you do to support us!
We are excited to announce that we have a runner in this year’s Virgin London Marathon on 22nd April.
Martin Bristow from Farcet will be running on behalf of NGNPUK
To buy a place in the Marathon costs charities ££££ so we were so happy that Martin approached us and offered to help by running with his ballot place.
Martin sadly lost his mother in law Hazel to Alzheimer’s last year. Towards the last week of her life Hazel benefited from a syringe driver at home to help with agitation and to manage other symptoms.
We were lucky enough to meet Martin and his family at our Christmas fayre in November where we had a chat about the marathon and a few other fundraising ideas.
If you would like to read Martins story or to donate click on the link below. Please show Martin your support if you can, 26 miles is a long way to run!
Wendette Christian who is one of the Werrington jogger is taking part in her first ever Duathlon and raising money for NGNPUK.
Wendette will be running 4 miles, biking 18 miles followed by running a further 2.5 miles. No easy task especially as it is both running and biking up the famous "Love Hill" in Castor and its surrounding areas.
The event takes place on 29th April and if you would like to read Wendette's story and offer your support by sponsoring her please click on...
We would like to say a huge thank you to Hazel Brewin for the very generous cheque we received this morning for the full amount to purchase another Syringe driver to be shared in the Greater Peterborough areas.
This machine will help so many people and will be a welcome addition to the ones already out there.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Jamie and Anish Keshwara from Nisa in Whittlesey for their very generous donation of £500 into the syringe driver fund. Jamie and Anish won an award through the national lottery and picked NGNPUK as their chosen charity to receive the funds. Donations like these make a huge difference helping to provide more machines for people in our local communities.
Thank you Tammy Fulcher Roan for your donation of old £1 coins. We can still bank them if anyone has any lurking around or any old £5 notes.
Thanks to Barb Fryer for your PayPal donation of £20 we received today. Barb runs a Facebook page called Bargain bits+Auction and sold some items and donated the proceeds to NGNPUK. Thank you Barb and everyone on the Facebook group for this donation.
So, another busy month full of activities and great people!
Finally, a special thankyou to Elin Styles, who is now helping to produce our blog. Thanks Elin :-)
Louise, Lee and Sam