Park Lane School fete.
After the whirlwind preparation that was the NGNUK Quiz night, we were going to take some time aside to do the boring admin type of things that we need to do, however, we were given the opportunity to attend The Park Lane school fete, whereby we put together a plant sale and a “name the bear” competition. It was a lovely day and we met some great people and overall it was our delight to hand over Olly the bear to Rosie, the competition winner.
After the success of our last handover of syringe drivers and in particular, the new kit boxes, we were asked if we could provide another 9 boxes for the remaining syringe drivers that the Nursing team held. It made such a difference for them to be able to take a fully loaded kit box, which helped to deliver the message of the charity, and also helped patients and their families recognise the importance of looking after the equipment as well as helping with the successful return of all the drivers to date. A huge thank you to Irene and Graham Lawrence, Carol Dilorio, Janet Smith, Sue Trenter, Jo Hunt and Julie Taylor for providing these Kit boxes.
We also continue to be privileged to receive donations from people, and in particular those from families who’s loved ones have benefited from the use of a syringe driver.
Thank you to the family of Andy Griffiths for your amazing donation of £1011.70 from Andy’s funeral. This is enough to purchase a syringe driver outright and will help so many people in his memory.
We’d like to thank the lovely Whittlesey singers for their wonderful donation of £500 which will go towards providing syringe drivers to the local community.
We were also lucky enough to receive a number of donations from other kind folk, such as Louise Jenkins from the Whittlesey Lions club, who organised a charity golf day. We were invited to the 19th hole to talk about what we do and about the aims of the charity. The Lions raised an amazing £1100 on the day which was boosted by Louise’s employers Lloyds Bank through fund matching by another £500.
Our story and work is now getting recognised in other areas covered by the district nursing team, and articles such as the one about our Oundle handover being put into the Village Connect magazine which has a circulation of over 20K homes is certainly helping.
Sunday 2nd July - Paston Lent Lunches:
We received an email from the lovely Rev Mark Bridger from All Saints Church in Paston to say that his parishioners and he were looking to do something for a local charity and NGNPUK had been brought to his attention. He was planning a series of “lent lunches” to raise funds and on Sunday 2dy July, we were invited to come and speak to the congregation about what we do and to receive a cheque for £468.62 raised across a series of lunches held during lent. We had a lovely day, and met many wonderful people with stories and offers of help.
NGNPUK collection tubs
By now, you may have seen our collections tubs dotted around Whittlesey and a few other local areas. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to drop a few pennies in.. They really do add up. We’d also like to thank all those everyone who has offered to hold one of our boxes. You can find one in the following locations:
- Quinns Bar
- The Railway restaurant and pub
- Parkers Newsagents
- Peterborough City Care centre
- Westfield Nursery
- Sarah Savage’s Hairdressers
We’d also like to thank the trustees at Buckles solicitors for their donation of £1000 on the 26th July that can be used to provide a syringe driver to the local communities.
We’d also like to thank the Thorney Post magazine for their donation of £50 into the syringe driver kitty.
Closer to home…
If you have been following our journey for a while, you may have learned from our story that the original intention was to provide a syringe driver in memory of Louise’s dad David, who sadly needed a driver at a time when they were more difficult to get.
Over time we have had feedback from families of patients and nurses about the difference these devices made, and sadly Louise’s lovely Nan, Mavis Henson, became very ill very quickly at the grand age of 101yrs old, and needed a syringe driver to help her remain at home with us which is where she wanted to be.
When we handed over those machines, we didn't for one minute contemplate that it may again be a member of our family needing one.
We would like to thank the wonderful district nursing team who were so kind and caring to us all, they really are amazing, also the hospital at home ladies. We are so lucky to have such fantastic people out there looking after patients at the end of their life.
Thank you Nicky Taylor and colleagues, Diane Carpenter, Vicki Sims, Esther McLaughlan and Sally Page to name just a few. Again thank you to EVERYONE who has helped us so far to provide these invaluable machines for people like Mavis to benefit from.
It’s not just us….
Team NGNPUK are not the only ones who have been hard at work this summer raising money and awareness, but some other wonderful people have been doing the same. On Saturday 15th July, we were lucky enough to pop down to see Bruce Roan and the regulars at the Letter B set off for their annual B2B 54 mile bike ride. It was a glorious sunny day and the riders looked in fine form. We were quite envious and really fancied pulling on our cycling shorts but unfortunately we had other matters to attend to.
The afternoon of the 15th also saw our first event for Wansford near Stamford. One of our wonderful supporters, Elin Fløe Styles and her husband Paul, opened their home and garden for a rock concert with difference.
Elin is a member of the Wansford Ukulele folk (WUF) and organised a Garden Party which saw the WUF perform an afternoon of ukulele classics to a picnicking audience down by the river. It was such an amazing event, the weather stayed fine and the photos and video are a must see… Take a look at the gallery for a taste of the day.
We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Elin and Paul for organising such a fantastic day. Thank you for opening up your beautiful home and garden in Wansford for everyone to enjoy and a special thank you to the WUF for putting on such a brilliant show.
The day was a massive success and they raised an astounding £1010 which will buy another syringe driver!
Special mentions and thank you to Satish and Heena at Wansford post office for supplying the welcome drink and malteasers, Sainsbury’s for the Doritos, Kings cliff Bakery for the rolls, Joan and Alan Bolton-Frost for the pork pies, Angela Roberts for the smoked salmon, Barbara Jones, Jane Hein, Jennie Gatheral, Jo Roberts, Molly Turner and Sheila Presland for the cakes, The Black horse Nassington, The Paper Mills, Mandi Veni, John Hale, Sue Kirk, and Jane Hein.
We though the amount raised was incredible, however a few days later, Elin delivered another £90 to NGNPUK making the total amount raised from the Ukulele Garden party an impressive £1100!!!
This is enough to purchase a complete syringe driver and lockbox for the Wansford area. This syringe driver will be shared between Wansford, Thornhaugh, Water Newton, Laxton, Tixover, Wittering, Collyweston, Stibbington, Barnack, Sutton, Castor & Alisworth and all surrounding towns and villages. Each machine can help so many people. Well done to everyone involved!
Finally, a big THANK YOU to everyone who bought a ticket and came along. We hoped you had as an enjoyable day as we did.
One of the nice things about doing what we do is the chance to meet so many lovely people. During one particular handover at Aliwal Manor, we came to the attention of the owner of Excel Care, the owners of Aliwal manor. During the summer, and to celebrate the 50th Birthday of Mr Ertosun, the founder of Excelcare, the staff of all 10 of Excelcare homes, visitors and some of the people living in the homes completed a sponsored 50 mile “exercise” bike ride and raised a whopping £1600.
The owner, Mr Ertosun was extremely proud to have a donation to such a valuable charity made on his behalf. Mr Ertosun had earlier this year raised well over £10,000 for another charity by walking to base camp on Mount Everest.
The money donated will buy 1 and a half syringe drivers for the local community and was handed over by the staff at Aliwal Manor in Whittlesey, the local Excelcare home.
We were blown away to be invited to receive a cheque from the Excel Care team, and thank Mr Ertosun and everyone involved for their kindness and generosity.
Syringe driver bags:
Not everything we do is about syringe drivers, and there are still plenty of ways to get involved. One of the nicest ways to contribute if you have the sewing know how is to follow the easy to make syringe driver pattern on the website. This is exactly what the Fitzwilliam Quilters have done and we’re delighted to have received 150 bags that have been lovingly crafted and will go into a patients home when the time is right.
These thoughtful gifts tell the patients and their families that someone is thinking of them.
John Lewis – Community Matters
The final date for the dropping in the tokens was 31/7/17. A massive thank you to everyone who popped a token in for us at John Lewis coffee shop! You helped us raise a staggering £660 for which we will be picking up a cheque (and maybe a piece of cake) shortly,
This will go a long way to providing another syringe driver to be shared by all out local areas.
We were pleased to receive a donation from the family of Steve Marriot, as well as a lovely card for the district nursing team that were able to pass on the 27th July. These nurses do an amazing job out there and really do take care of families at a difficult time.
As you can see so much has been going on. As well as all this we have been busy behind the scenes with all charity paperwork and all the ins and outs that come with running a charity. We have been preparing our first annual report for the charity commission which we will be sending off shortly. As well are writing a few articles for magazines and answering letters and emails coming in. It’s been a busy few months!
That’s the end of part one of this mammoth blog part two to follow!
Louise, Lee and Sam