St Barnabas flagship event, the Inflatable Colour Dash, raises over £100,000

On Saturday 11th May 2019, the fifth St Barnabas Hospice Colour Dash saw 2,500 people of all ages and abilities tackle 5km of paint stations and inflatable obstacles.

Participants were asked to raise sponsorship for the Hospice as part of the sign-up process. The runners surpassed all expectations and raised in excess of £100,000, with sponsorship still to be collected.

St Barnabas Hospice supports 10,500 people each year with end-of-life care, including Hospice at Home, wellbeing care and pre-bereavement and bereavement support. The Hospice has a fundraising target of over £5.5 million each year, with mass participation events bringing in a vital proportion of funds.

The event, sponsored by Western Power Distribution, was organised by Event Fundraiser, Melissa Gaffney.

Melissa explains;

I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us make the fifth Colour Dash one to remember. Planning the Colour Dash is a whole team effort including a mixture of external organisations and our event volunteer group to make sure every runner and spectator is safe, happy and having a great time.

We all understand how important the fundraising events are to the Hospice, which is an added pressure – but gives you focus to work hard and achieve more. I am so please the total raised has hit over £100,000. This means many more people in Lincolnshire will access free, compassionate end of life care from our dedicated clinical team.

We have some great ideas of how to take the Colour Dash, at the Lincolnshire Showground to the next level and have already secured next year’s date. We look forward to seeing you on the start line!

Lauren Richardson, Sales Manager at the Lincolnshire Showground continues;

We are thrilled to see the Colour Dash continue to succeed for St Barnabas. We understand more than most how much time and effort goes into planning mass participation events, so it’s great to see the event go from strength to strength, especially when the money raised goes to such a good cause, close to so many people’s hearts. 

St Barnabas Hospice has confirmed the date for the Colour Dash 2020 to be Saturday 16th May. If you would like to register your interest for this event, please email

Homelet praise St Barnabas fundraisers for their dedication and support

Lincoln based Homelet is one of the leading sources of support for the UK’s private rented sector. With exemplary work with local charities Homelet decided to fundraise for St Barnabas Hospice who supports 10,500 people each year with free kind and compassionate care.


We’ve worked closely with St Barnabas since January 2018, when our team chose St Barnabas as one of their nominated charities. With over 300 members of our team based in Lincoln, we were very keen to support a local organisation.


We’ve been supported from the outset by the dedicated and enthusiastic Caroline, who is the Corporate & Community Lead at St Barnabas.”


Most people know what St Barnabas do and know someone who has been supported by the fantastic work they do; this means our great team are so much more invested in the fundraising.


All events and initiatives are always recognised by Caroline, we know St Barnabas are grateful for every £1 we raise for them. They’re relentless in their commitment and their team even participate in some of our events. This only makes fundraising more rewarding for everyone and we know that our colleagues love actively participating in activity that gives something back to such a fantastic local charity.


We’ll continue to raise money for St Barnabas in 2019 and still have local fundraising events but this year, we have even thrown ourselves behind all the challenges supported by them. We’re happy to pay the entry fees for our employees to all or any of the challenges. It’s made so easy to do, as there is a dedicated St Barnabas employee, Mike Pastor supporting the organisation of these challenge events.


Mike is hugely popular with our employees, he’s always there cheering everyone along with his Go Pro, recording their efforts and sending brilliant images for us to use to recognise the huge efforts of our participating team members.


We look forward to continuing our partnership with St Barnabas, to support the crucial work they carry out for our community.”


St Barnabas Hospice has a fundraising target of over £5.5 million each year and welcome support no matter how big or small. The helpful and dedicated fundraisers that will support you with a bespoke fundraising plan which will unite your team, raise your local profile and offer endless opportunities of learning for your employees.



Lincs FM presenter set to run Colour Dash after care his ex-partner is receiving

John Marshall; Lincs FM presenter, along with his daughter Eleanor will be running the Inflatable Colour Dash, as John and his family are experiencing the St Barnabas Hospice care first hand.

John has been supporting Angela, his ex-partner and Eleanor’s mother with her cancer diagnosis since 2016. Angela is currently in the care of St Barnabas Hospice.

John explains;

“Angela is many things; 48, my ex-girlfriend, an amazing mother to our daughter Eleanor, my best friend and terminally ill. 

In 2016 Angela underwent surgery and follow up treatment following a breast cancer diagnosis, a year or so later she needed further surgery to remove all the lymph nodes under her left arm as well as part of her chest muscle, where it had also spread. Fast forward to 2019 and Angela is diagnosed with stage four secondary cancer in her lungs and bones, her treatment is now palliative.  Angela has a constantly swollen and painful left arm, a condition known as lymphedema, often struggles to walk or breathe properly. For the last few years both she and Eleanor have been living with me as we attempt to prepare for the future both myself and Eleanor will inevitably face.

Recently Angela was given a place at St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln where she remained for over three weeks; the goal was to achieve some degree of pain management and to hopefully build her up a little. I’ve mentioned St Barnabas events for many years on the radio but until seeing close up what they do I have been very green to it all, I suspect this is true for many of you reading this text. The hospice isn’t just a place that people go to die, Angela isn’t at that point yet, she’s not good, she may not experience many ups, and may have plenty of downs on the road ahead, but I cannot praise the Hospice enough for all they’ve done for her, it truly is a place of immense support and comfort.

Until now only my closest friends have known of Angela’s situation but in the hope of raising awareness and some much needed funds for the Hospice it feels like the right time to change that.

I’ve mentioned St Barnabas events for many years on Lincs FM but until my recent spell seeing exactly what they do up close I really didn’t appreciate the amazing service being provided. I’ll be running the Colour Dash at the Lincolnshire Showground on May 11th with my 13 year old daughter Eleanor. I hope you will support us.

Thank you,

John xxx

Come and join us and run shoulder to shoulder in support of this amazing local charity, places are limited so sign up today! Visit

Local people encourage to make their Will free of charge this May in support of St Barnabas Hospice

Local people are being encouraged to make or amend their Will free of charge this May, and in return, are asked to support their local Hospice

During May this year, St Barnabas Hospice have partnered with local Solicitor firms to give Lincolnshire residents the chance to make or amend their Will free of charge. In return, they are asking for a gift in their Will or donation to St Barnabas.

The Solicitors which are involved in this campaign are: Sills & Betteridge Solicitors, Bridge McFarland Solicitors and JMP Solicitors.

Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“Many people don’t consider a Will early on in life, but it’s amazing what assets people realise they have when they write them down. If you’re married, have kids or own a business or home and don’t have a Will, now is definitely the right time to make one. It is also good to review your current Will every five years, as a lot can change in a short space of time.

“We have had some amazing amounts of money left for our Hospice in people’s Will, as well as gifts ranging from houses to parrots and rottweilers!”

When making a Will you can appoint who you want to administer your estate and sort out arrangements as you wish them to be done. What better time to do it than during Make a Will Month?

St Barnabas is lucky to receive many gifts in Wills from their supporters. These gifts help St Barnabas care for more people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

As well as supporting the future of your local Hospice, Make a Will Month also encourages people to make plans, and to think about the end of their life.

Sam said:

“Although the end of your life can be difficult to think about, it can be even more difficult for your friends and family if nothing is in place when it comes around.

“Make a Will Month helps people to create their Legacy and decide what happens to the people and things they care about the most after they are gone.”

There is no obligation to leave a gift in your Will for St Barnabas as part of Make a Will Month. However, once you have provided for your loved ones, any gift you are able to leave will help to ensure that the Hospice can continue their care and support in the local community into the future.

For more information on Make a Will Month or to receive your free pack, visit Alternatively, you can contact Sam Waterer at or call 01522 540 300.

Remember Me Always

Look back to those times
memories you have got,
Minutes ago, hours or ages past
please forget me not.

Capture moments in your thoughts
in life there is a lot,
A sound, a smell, a picture,
that Forget Me Not.

A flower to remind you
to take you to that spot,
so vivid in my mind
thank you forget me not.

So for all those we have lost
close or on some unforgotten plot,
I see and know the bloom
will forget me not.

John Welsh


“If I could have one more day with Dad, I’d hold him once more and tell him just how much I love him”

Jamie Aspland, Branch Manager at Pygott & Crone in Sleaford, has been part of a phenomenal fundraising attempt in support of St Barnabas Hospice. To date, the company has raised over £7,000 for the Hospice and this total is still increasing.

Sadly, on 27th November 2016 Jamie’s dad, Nigel, died age 63 after being diagnosed around six months earlier with terminal cancer. Nigel spent many weeks being cared for by our Hospice at Home team before choosing to spend his last 29 days in our Hospice in the Hospital at Grantham.

Jamie was lucky to work for such a supportive company who allowed him the time to look after his dad when he was reaching the end of his life. Jamie said:

“Before we were referred to St Barnabas, we had a family rota to make sure someone was looking after Dad at all times. This didn’t go to plan when Dad tried to go to the toilet on his own one night as he didn’t want to wake me after a busy day at work. Unfortunately he fell and it was a wake-up call that we just couldn’t cope on our own without extra support.

“From then on, St Barnabas took over Dad’s care and it felt like a weight had lifted. I had promised myself I would look after Dad until the end but the St Barnabas nurses were able to show me that it would be better for Dad if we all worked together. They were 100% right.”

“I can hand-on-heart say that without St Barnabas I’m not sure how I would have got through the last months of Dad’s life. The room which Dad was in was amazing, the support and care given to him was second to none and nothing was ever too much. The nurses supported me when I needed supporting and left me when I needed time alone. They just seemed to know what to do at all the right times. When end-of-life came, they knew all the right things to do to keep us calm and help us think about the next steps.

“One memory that sticks in my mind is about another family who were going through the same thing as us. The lady who was terminally ill wanted to be alive for Christmas but her family and St Barnabas nurses were aware that this would not be possible. The nurses arranged for her to have her own Christmas Day on 25th November. They came in wearing Christmas jumpers, brought presents and enjoyed all the fun and laughter of a normal Christmas with the family. What an amazing memory to leave that family with.”

Jamie has pledged to raise enough money for St Barnabas to cover every penny’s worth of care and support that was given to himself and his family. Jamie said:

“If I could have one more day with Dad, I’d want thank him for the legacy he has set up for our family and let him see his grandson, Jai, playing football. I’d want to hold him once more and tell him just how much I love him. There are always times when I miss his presence more as it’s hard knowing I can’t run decisions past him anymore and get his advice.”

St Barnabas Hospice provides free care to people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families and carers. To find out more about the different ways we can help, visit

Nigel, grandson Jai and son Jamie

Jamie running the Lincoln 10k

Pygott & Crone team after the Lincoln 10k

Flower Appeal Blooms for St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice Forget Me Not appeal smashes targets by receiving over 1,000 donations for iron flower display at Lincoln Castle so far.

The iron, handmade flowers offer supporters the chance to remember a loved one with a Forget Me Not, whilst raising valuable funds for the charity. The flowers will be part of a three week outdoor display at Lincoln Castle running from 6th – 28th April 2019.

Due to its success, the Forget Me Not display is extended for a further week, to give visitors to Lincoln Castle a chance to see the installation of 1,000 iron, handmade flowers. The collection date is now Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th  April from 11am until 4pm. On the final days of the display, supporters are invited to come and collect their pre-ordered flowers from the castle to display them in their own homes and gardens.

Sam Waterer, St Barnabas Individual Giving Fundraiser says:

“We had high hopes for the appeal, but we are overwhelmed by the response so far. The Forget Me Not project has been a year in the planning and I cannot wait to see the final installation with more than 1,000 flowers on the embankment of Lincoln Castle.

Throughout the appeal we have had some emotional conversations with people dedicating flowers in memory of family, friends and even pets. In addition, some donations have been dedicated to people who they love and they want to let them know they are appreciated.”

Jenny Peake, Individual Giving and Data Manager for St Barnabas Hospice continues;

“We want to say a huge thank you to Lincoln Castle and to our sponsors Tanglewood Care Homes and Waterside Shopping Centre for all of their help and support in making this happen. I’d also like to thank Stefanos and Roz at The Old Smithy for designing and making our Forget Me Nots non-stop since January!

We hope that everyone loves the Forget Me Nots as much as we do. It is a beautiful way to remember a loved one and also raises vital funds for the Hospice. These funds will allow us to continue providing high quality care for patients and their families and carers across Lincolnshire.”

Forget Me Not flowers are available on the St Barnabas Hospice website for a donation to the charity. All flowers dedicated after 29th March will still be available, but will not be included in the Castle display.

For more information about the Forget Me Not appeal, please visit the Forget Me Not page or contact Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser on 01522 540 300.

Take on a Challenge for Charity as your New Years Resolution in 2019

St Barnabas Hospice’s Challenge Events Fundraiser wants people to take on a once in a lifetime challenge to fundraise in 2019

Mike Pastor, the Challenge Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, has planned a plethora of challenging events for the more daring supporters to take on to raise money.

With New Year Resolutions in full force, St Barnabas has the perfect event to take on a unique challenge for 2019. The range of challenges include: Trekking the Great Wall of China, Lincoln 10k, Skydives, Wingwalking, Triathlons, Cycling from London to Amsterdam to Brussels, Mud Runs, and more.

A new challenge that can be taken on by anyone is our marathon in a month initiative called ‘My Race, My Pace’. For this challenge, you take on the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles but you can take up to a month to complete it. Additionally, if you’re not a runner, you can cycle, walk, skip or come up with your own unique way to complete your miles.

Whether your New Year’s Resolution is to become more active, do something you have never done before or become more social or support a charitable cause, St Barnabas Hospice has a challenge that will suit everyone.
Mike said:

“I’m delighted to share a wide range of challenge events for our supporters to take on in the support of St Barnabas Hospice in 2019.

“From running, trekking and cycling to jumping out of a plane, we are hoping to give people the chance to accomplish a New Year’s Resolution, face their fears, take on a new challenge or show off their skills all in the name of charity.”

The full list of 2019 challenge dates is as follows:

Throughout January – My Race, My Pace

7th April – City of Lincoln 10k

13th April – Mud Run (Rough Events)

21st April – Skydive at Hibaldstow Airfield

12th May – Skegness Triathlon

2nd June – Summer Wolf Run

14th July – Skydive at Hibaldstow Airfield

21st July – Wing-walking

27th July – Snowdon by Night

15th – 18th August – Wales End to End

31st August – Yorkshire Three Peaks

4th – 8th September – Euro City Cycle

8th September – Great North Run

14th September – Skydive at Hibaldstow Airfield

6th October – Le TREC

12th – 21st October – China Trek

Whichever challenge you choose to take on in support of St Barnabas Hospice, Mike will be there to support you the whole way with training plans, a discount card for your gear, a St Barnabas t-shirt, posters, advice and more.

For the more challenging events such as skydives, treks and cycles, there will also be support teams on the day to make sure you stay safe and to help you with any queries.

Mike said:

“If you’ve been thinking about trying something challenging for a while, why not make 2019 the year that you take the leap and get booked in?

“We will either finance your trip/race outright, or provide discounted entry. All we ask in return is that you do your best to fundraise for us!”

You can view more information about St Barnabas challenges at

To take on a challenge for St Barnabas Hospice, call Mike Pastor on 01522 540 300 or email

Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme to Support St Barnabas Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice will be offering a Christmas tree recycling service in the New Year for households across Lincolnshire

The Tree-cycle service will take place from Saturday 12th January 2019, when St Barnabas Hospice will collect and recycle unwanted Christmas trees from select postcodes across Lincolnshire.

Last year the charity recycled 1,500 trees and raised £10,000 to support families living with life-limiting or terminal illness in Lincolnshire.

Amelia Mochan, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice said:

“Our Tree-cycle is the easiest way to get rid of your Christmas tree after the festivities are over and every donation made will make a real difference to the care and services we offer across the county.

“It certainly is the greenest and most charitable way to clean up after Christmas!”

The Hospice will collect trees from select postcodes throughout Lincolnshire. For the full list of postcodes and to register your tree, click here.

For further information contact 01522 540 300 or email

St Barnabas Hospice Torchlight Procession less than a week away

Road closures in place as 1,500 expected to turn out for St Barnabas Hospice procession

With less than a week to go, St Barnabas Hospice is planning to welcome more than 1,500 people to their flaming torchlight procession in Lincoln.

The annual event takes place on Tuesday 27th November, where a pipe band will lead the procession from Claytons Sports Ground on Lee Road, through the Bailgate before finishing outside Lincoln Cathedral.

Road closures will be in place from 7pm – 9pm and will affect:

  • Bailgate
  • Castle Hill
  • Church Lane
  • Eastgate
  • Lee Road
  • Nettleham Road (Lee Road to Church Lane)
  • Newport (Bailgate to Rasen Lane)
  • Minster Yard

Becky Otter, Events Manager, said:

“Final preparations are being made for our annual Torchlight Procession which is one of the most heart-warming events in the Hospice calendar. You don’t need to register in advance, simply come along on the night and remember your loved ones in this unique and special way.

“The event is free to attend and open to everyone, not just those touched by hospice care.”

The procession will culminate at Lincoln Cathedral where the Tree of Life will be illuminated for the first time, each light dedicated to someone special. Those attending will also be able to leave a ‘message of love’ which can be tied to the railings surrounding the tree.

Flaming torches can be purchased on the night from 6.30pm for £5 each and are for over 16’s only. Battery lanterns will also be available for £3.50 each.

If you would like to dedicate a light in memory of someone this year, or for more information about the Light up a Life events, please go to