Wow it’s so hard to believe that we’re now into 2018! We are so full of hope for the upcoming year and the opportunity we all have to make such a difference in our local communities. It’s the right time to bring you up to date with how we closed 2017. As you can probably guess, it was a very busy time.
The return of Captain America.
Following on from CA’s appearance at the Perkins Great Eastern Run, we were approached to see if we could arrange for the great man to make a little boys dream come true at his 6th birthday party. We were delighted to be able do this and we hope Finley had a great birthday. We’d also like to say thank you to Finley’s family for their donation into the syringe driver pot and to the parents who agreed to let us use the photos taken at the party. Take a look at our Gallery at Finley’s superhero party with the big man himself.
SHSCC – class of 86
Big thanks tp everyone who recently attended the SHSCC class of ‘86 30 year school reunion at Childers on 14 October 2017. Louise and Sam were in attendance and in a lovely gesture, they hosted some of our collection tubs and raised a whopping £80.54. A great night was had by all.
NGNPUK Christmas Shopping Event
As we mentioned a few months ago, we were fortunate to have a couple of special ladies offer to run an early bird Christmas shopping event at the Eastrea Centre on the 5th November. Massive thanks to Lisa Hedges and Nicky Bedford for organising all the stalls. Thank you Shelly Anderson for baking some lovely cakes for us to sell. Also big thanks to Ray and Nelda Thrower for manning the raffle which was really busy! Also the lovely Kim Fountain who became Santa's Elf for the day and a final thank you to all the stallholders for their raffle prizes.
The event was a great success, with over 30 different stalls as well as Tea and cake provided by the NGNPUK Team as always. We raised and AMAZING £577.62!!!!
Why not take a look at our gallery for the event.
Christmas NGNPUK Style
In addition to the Early Christmas shopping event, we were fortunate to have various events running over the Christmas period and we hope that you had a great time if you attended one of them.
Charity Christmas Disco
Thank you to Sonia Ciriello who organised a charity Christmas Disco for several Charites amongst which we were lucky enough to be included. Those brilliant causes were Lung Disease, NGNPUK, MS & Bloodwise
Rudolf’s Rapid Reindeer Tour
A special thank you to Woodbine Reindeer Hire for choosing to collect for NGNPUK this year. They attended many Christmas fayres and events with their beautiful Reindeer. We were lucky enough to meet some of the cast at the Stamford Christmas fayre, but sadly couldn’t fit one in our pocket to bring home.
NGNPUK Traditional Reindeer food.
Our Glitter free and wildlife friendly reindeer food went on sale in time for Christmas Eve to sprinkle to make sure Rudolph and his friends found your home. It was sold at £1 a bag and we had outlets in Whittlesey, The House of Hair in Stanground (thank you Lesley) and also in the Thorney area, (thank you Trudy!) If anyone would be interested in helping us sell some reindeer food in December 2018 let us know :) Big thanks to everyone who bought a bag, you helped us raise £101 for the syringe driver pot!
Another big thank you to Sarah Bassam who created ten beautiful angels and sold them on behalf of NGNPUK raising a whopping £120!
Christmas card donations.
We are thankful to have had several donations in lieu of sending Christmas cards this year. This is a lovely idea and ensures that each Christmas greeting goes to support a patient and their family.
Thank you also to Tracey Hawkins, Claire Hatter, Lesley Hamilton Hirniak, Kim Fountain and Richard Greensmith for donating your Christmas card money to NGNPUK again this year.
A huge THANK YOU to EDP Insulation Group Limited who sent us this lovely message along with a donation of £1000!
At Christmas we make Charity Donations in replacement of Christmas Cards. We have chosen to support No Gain No Pain and believe the work you are doing within our community is invaluable.
To help even more we received the following message from Jessica Brown -
We heard about you through Facebook and were shocked to learn the limited availability of syringe drivers before NGNPUK began, I guess this is something people aren’t aware of until you or a family member require them.
We feel extremely lucky we are in a community with so many more now accessible.
I’ve attached a copy of our Christmas letter that went to 185 of our customers who are spread nationally. Hopefully this will help raise additional awareness for the great work you are doing.
Thank you so much to everyone at EDP! We hope all your staff, friend’s families and customers all had a Happy Christmas.
We’re now lucky enough to be asked to speak to various groups about what we do, and recently attended a meeting of the Werrington Rotary (21st Nov 17).
Thank you to Shelly Anderson and the Peterborough Werrington Rotary for inviting Louise along to explain about No Gain No Pain and syringe drivers.
Also, thank you to Dorinda Richardson for inviting us along to the NHS retirement fellowship group meeting at St Andrews Church Hall, Netherton, again to talk about No Gain No Pain and syringe drivers. Now even more people are aware of what we do and why.
If you would like us to come at talk about the charity and what we do, feel free to drop us a line. The more people we can talk to, the bigger impact we can make in our communities.
Perkins Great Eastern Run update
A quick update to let you know that all the sponsor money is now in from the Peterborough Great Eastern Run, Sam and Lee managed to raise an amazing £443.92 in total for the Syringe driver fund.
We make that just over £34 a mile so well done and THANK YOU to everyone who supported our very own Wonder Woman and Captain America!
While we’re talking running, a big thank you to Werrington Joggers who have chosen NGNPUK as their supported charity this year!
It’s so nice being able to thank people for their contributions and donations so while we’re at it, we’d like to say a big thank you to:
- Sara Savage and all the customers at hair by Sara who put their pennies in their NGNPUK collection tub and raised £32.69!
- Jason Mockett for the very generous donation for us to buy an extra 10 extra collection tubs.
- Karen Kelley, one of our most dedicated supporters for the pink and purple serviettes as well as the organza bags for us to make our reindeer food from.
- Lucy Morton for taking one of our collection tubs along to her events and raising an amazing £90.71! Thank you to Lucy and everyone who put some pennies in the pot
- All the staff and customers at Westfield Nursery in Whittlesey for all your loose change which put another £15.96 into the fund.
- All at Quinn’s Bar, whose NGNPUK collection tub raised a total £49.57. Thank you everyone, the pennies really do add up and make such a difference!
- The Muffin Oven, Whittlesey, whose staff and customers raised a whopping £74.51!
- Peterborough Northern Star Red under 18 football team for the very generous donation of £325. This will go a long way towards another Syringe driver to be used in our local communities
Sadness and light.
We would also like to say and huge thank you to the family and friends of Kevin Bassam who raised an amazing £1310 in Kevin’s memory. Kevin needed a syringe driver in his final days and we were overwhelmed to receive this massive donation.
This has enabled us to purchase another syringe driver for the local area. Kevin was well known around Whittlesey and will be greatly missed.
We would also like to say a big thank you also to Kevin and Janet Bassam’s neighbours, Mr and Mrs Green who very kindly donated a cheque for £200 to NGNPUK from an auto Jumble they held. Also, a special thank you Barbara Plum for the donation all the way from Whitby in memory of Kevin.
Another big thank you to Brian Barham for donating the £350 raised from the sale of his lovely wife Pauline's mobility scooter. Pauline sadly passed away recently and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. This donation will go a very long way to helping us purchase another syringe driver in the future.
Thank you to the friends and family of Vera Mead who donated £253.20 to NGNPUK in her memory. Vera was able to remain at home with her family with the use of a syringe driver that had been donated in the past.
Babs & Ken Allen
More thanks go to Barbara and Ken Allen for their donation of £60 to NGNPUK. Babs and Ken celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary! Congratulations to you both.The couple asked for donations to charity instead of gifts. Thank you to you both and to all your friends and family.
We would also like to say a big thank you to the family and friends of Brian Watts from Thornhaugh for their very generous donation. We were lucky enough to meet Brian at the Ukulele garden party in Wansford earlier this year. Brian was so interested in what we were doing he set about organising a fundraiser for NGNPUK. Very sadly he was taken very ill and passed away suddenly.
We are all very sorry for the loss of Brian and send our thanks to his family and friends.
Juliana Margit Cooper
More thanks to the friends and family of Juliana Margit Cooper for the very generous donation we received in Juliana’s memory.
Louise had the pleasure of meeting one of Juliana’s daughters who told her how her mum had the use of a syringe driver at home in her final days.
Margaret explained how her lovely mum reached the grand age of 94 and was not an ounce of trouble. Our thoughts are with Margaret, Elizabeth and all of Juliana’s family and friends at this very difficult time.
Thank you so much this donation which will buy another machine in the future and will help so many others.
Thorney Live Charity Music Festival
Finally we would like to say a huge thank you to the Thorney Live Charity Music Festival and all it organisers for the cheque we received for £1403.63! This will purchase another syringe driver for the communities to share in the future.
The Thorney Music festival has raised over £60,000 for charities over the last 22 years! What an achievement! Massive thanks to everyone involved and everyone who attended we are so grateful to have been chosen as one of the charities to benefit this year and we hope you continue to do amazing work for another 22 years!
Driver bag feedback
We received some lovely feedback regarding the bags, so if you have spent the time making one for NGNPUK this is the difference they can make.
A nurse rang me today because a patient with a syringe pump had passed away. The daughter was very upset, the nurse gave her the bag- one of those beautifully made ones NPNGUK gave us - that had held the pump and said keep this for memories of your Mum. The daughter cried some more and said it was the best Christmas present and she will keep it by her bed.
Thank you so much to all those needle workers who made bags. Your time is just as valuable and important.
Biggest Handover to date.
On the 23 October 2017 we embarked on one of our proudest achievements to date. With the help of all our supporters, we were able to place an order for a whopping 21 Syringe drivers all to be used in our local communities! The split for the machines was:
- 8 additional for the Whittlesey areas
- 3 additional for the Wansford areas and
- 10 for all local areas (33 surgeries and all their patients) to share.
We also be purchased 31 clear plastic lock boxes which will provide 10 spare as unfortunately these boxes do tend to get broken by the nature of their daily use. A syringe driver cannot be used in the community without being in one of these locked boxes.
Additionally we ordered 50 toolboxes to keep the syringe drivers and all the equipment needed in patient’s homes safe. These boxes have been a huge hit with the nursing teams and help make sure the driver is easily identifiable as a piece of medical equipment that needs to be returned in addition to keeping all items together.
Last but by no means least we had over 230 handmade material bags to donate made by so many of you all out there.
Thank you ALL so much for your continued support.
Finally, when the day came, 17/11/2017, “Handover Day”, the NGNPUK team met with the CPFT team at the Peterborough City Care centre to formally handover the donation.
All straight out for use in our local communities to help people remain at home in end of life care. This brings the total amount of new machines donated so far to 39!!
A massive thank you to EVERYONE who had ANYTHING to do with helping make this happen. It really goes to show how communities pulling together can achieve great things and make positive changes which will help real people out there day in day out.
Thank you to all the pubs, clubs, companies, individuals and families who have helped with donations whether financial or with raffle prizes, jam jars for tombola’s, packets of sweets, crafts for events, bottles of wine for our hampers or ferrying stuff from a to b for us.
Thank you to all of you who have given up your time to help us out with events and all who have helped spread the word about these events and most importantly what these little machines do and how they help so many in their time of need. Whatever you have done you have played a part in making this happen. It is making a BIG difference in the communities, we receive so much feedback from families who are so grateful their loved ones had one of these machines.
We would also like to say a massive thank you to all our wonderful district nurses out there doing the doing on a daily basis. Without you these machines would be useless, your care and compassion is outstanding.
Together we are making a difference! Massive thanks everyone let's keep in sharing
Due to the huge difference that has made in the Greater Peterborough area so far, we have been asked if we can also help our neighbouring Fenland areas who are struggling to increase their syringe driver numbers. We would like to try and help as we believe no matter where you are you should have easy access to one of these machines should you need one. The Fens currently share 27 machines across 18 surgeries.
These surgeries cover the communities in March, Wisbech, Doddington, Soham, Parsons Drove, Sutton, Littleport, Burwell, Chatteris, Haddenham, Manea, Ely and all the surrounding towns and villages. This is another very large area. Take a look at the map in our gallery here
We were planning to wait until after the festive season to announce our plans to help but it was brought to our attention that Ely is struggling right now. This may seem miles away from places like us and March and Wisbech, but these areas all share their machines so if Ely struggles so do the other areas linked to it.
How can you help???
Please continue to share our page and help us spread the word in as many of these areas as you can.
If anyone out there would like to help by fundraising or any pub, clubs or organisations can help please get in touch with us. If you know anywhere that would take copies of our leaflets, please let us know. Are you aware of any grants or funding that we may be eligible for in any of these areas?
Together we have made a huge difference in the Greater Peterborough area, let’s see if we can help these other local areas and make a difference too.
Louise, Lee and Sam