Wow, we really can’t believe March is already upon us, and by the time you’re reading this, it’s likely to be Easter (and enjoying all that chocolate!) and so much has happened since our last update.
Sadly our Sam lost her Nan, Ann Lawrence recently who also needed a syringe driver. Ann’s family kindly donated the funds collected at Ann's funeral to NGNPUK.
Following on from this, Sam also donated the money raised from selling her beautiful homemade Christmas holly wreaths, which was an incredible £235. Sam's wish is that this money is added to the funds from her Nan’s funeral and will go towards a Syringe Driver in the Oundle area who currently share just two drivers.
This driver will benefit anyone who uses the Oundle surgery and includes areas such as Achurch Polebrook, Benefield, Lutton, Warmington, Pilton and all surrounding villages.
Well done Sam, who still has the scars from the holly and a big thank you to Ann's family and friends for their generosity.
Castor Coffee morning…
Thank you to everyone who came along to the coffee morning at the Royal Oak in Castor on the Thursday 23rd Feb as it was a great success.
A lot more people now know what a syringe driver is and why we are doing what we do which is fantastic. We were able to hand out lots of leaflets and posters too. A huge thanks to Eileen and Jenny who were not only both up at 5am baking delicious scones, but also raised a massive £460.35 organising the event! What an incredible achievement.
Also, thanks to everyone involved and all who came along it was a really lovely morning it was so nice to meet so many new people. This money will go towards the second syringe driver to cover that area.
Take a look at the photos on our gallery or over on Facebook.
These have been a long time coming but they are finally with us. We’re really pleased with them and think they look ace!
The first collection box will be going into the Nisa store on Broad Street, Whittlesey so we’d like to say a really big thank you Janet Smith for organising this with your boss. Hopefully you’ll spot them around, feel free to drop any spare change into them as every penny really does make a difference.
We would also like to say a big thank you to the family of Charles Redhead for the very kind donation NGNPUK received from them.
Sadly Charles passed away last year and this donation will go a long way to providing another syringe driver in the Whittlesey area in the future. Each syringe driver can help so many people. Many thanks again to Charles family for their generosity at this sad time.
We would also like to say a big thank you to the friends and family of Amanda Kelley for the generous donation we received from Amanda's funeral. Amanda was taken way too soon and is proof that people of any age can sadly need a syringe driver. Our thoughts are with Karen and all Amanda's friends and family at this sad time
Indoor Car Boot – Sunday 12th March…
So we had a plan to do a small indoor car boot sale to get rid of some stuff so that Lee could get his man cave back…
This idea soon ballooned NGNPUK style to the point whereby it became a full on event, with us also providing Coffee and cake (spotting a theme here)?
We decided to hire out the Eastrea centre and sell a few pitches…… this grew to eventually 36 indoor stalls, all of which sold and unfortunately we had to turn people away!! This health and safety stuff gets in the way..
We created a homemade banner from an old sign donated to us (a couple of late nights and some sharpies later), we think it turned out OK.
Unfortunately, the parking was a bit of a “challenge”, however the foul weather on the day didn’t seem to spoil the enthusiasm of the shoppers or stall holders and a great day was had.
We have to say a huge thank you to everyone who came, wow it was so busy. We hope everyone sold all their bits or found a bargain. Thanks to EVERYONE who donated a cake to us and to everyone who helped especially Pete and Keiron from the Eastrea centre who were brilliant.
Finally, a huge thank you to Pam & John Palmer who donated their stall takings to the fund. We made an amazing £379.75p for the syringe driver pot so thank you, because without your support events like these can’t happen.
We have been asked if we’d do this more regular…The answer was no… however, you’ll need to like our page of follow us to find out!!
Take a look at the photos on the Gallery!
What a lovely idea…
We were very fortunate to have received a lovely donation from a group of friends who club their Christmas present money together and donate it to various charities each year. We have been lucky to have been chosen as one of these charities this year. This is so very kind and we would like to thank you all.
Easter Craft fayre….
Unfortunately the craft fayre scheduled to be run at the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall had to be moved and the event changed, however the good news is that you can still see us attending at the new venue. The details are below:
Easter Delights Craft Fair & Fun Day
16th April 2017
11 - 4pm
Parkway Sports and Social Club
Come along to say hi, there is plenty of activities and stalls to visit and we will be raffling off a hamper of booze amongst other things on our craft stall.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to McCain for their amazing donation of 2 luxury hampers that we can use as raffle prizes and a big thank you to anyone who’s donated a bottle of something or some crafty treats… hopefully everything will go to a fitting home.
Even more driver bags…..
A big thank you to Karen Prudhoe from Fitzwilliam patch workers and to all the various patch working groups and workshops in Peterborough that Karen visits for making these beautiful syringe driver bags. Making bags will be one of the ongoing projects for some of these groups in 2017 which is a huge help to us.
The bags make a big difference to patients and their families as having the driver in a bag is a lot less clinical. There is a constant need for them as they are not transferable between patients however many families do keep them. Also, a big thank you to the following ladies for their continued contributions of driver bags; Liz Elliott, Eileen Stalley, Sue Cuthburt, Karyn McCarthy and Mary Christian.
The Letter B regulars….
Another huge thanks to Bruce, Denise, regulars and the quiz teams at the Letter B who handed over a cheque for £1100 to buy a syringe driver for the Whittlesey area which will also cover Thorney, Eye and Stanground and all surrounding villages. It truly is inspiring the amount of generosity received by these kind folks and the community!
We stopped for the evening and took part in Bruce’s quiz night (highly recommended) and although we didn’t win, we had a great night!!
We’re pleased to have been included as one of 2 charity’s to benefit form a charity music night being held on Friday 19th May 7:30 – Midnight at Childers, Station Road Whittlesey organised by Colin Martin.
Acts appearing include; Holly and the Boatmen, David James Smith and Anthony Shiels.
Tickets available from Colin, NGNPUK or Defibrillators for All.
It should be a great night and we’ll see you there with our dancing shoes.
Time for reflection…..
Whilst beavering away like we do here, it became apparent according to our Facebook timeline that it’s been another year in our journey and what a year it’s been!
In our very 1st year we were plugging away and struggled to raise the money for just one extra machine for the Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye and Stanground areas, fast forward another year on there has been a huge difference :) We are now as you may know a registered charity and through spreading the word and sharing information anywhere we can we have had some AMAZING support! Wow what community we live in! Thank you just does not seem to cover it.
It just goes to show how together we can make a difference! There are now a total of 11 extra syringe drivers covering our community and we have also managed to supply one to the Wansford area. These magic little machines have been in constant use since they were handed over and have already helped so many people in the time when they need it most.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to listen to us, read and share our information it helps us more than you can imagine.
For the future we will continue to fundraise as we do not want to be in the same situation again in years to come. It has been no secret we want to help our other local towns and villages too. This is finally starting to happen as we are now getting contacted by people in these communities to offer help.
We were all sharing just 19 syringe drivers between 33 surgeries at the start of this. These surgeries cover a huge area and a lot of people. Whittlesey, Thorney, Eye and Stanground have lead the way but the others are still in need and we will do our very best to make this happen.
With much love and thanks for everyone’s continued support.
Louise, Lee and Sam
Team NGNPUK :) xx