78-year-old lady from Grantham is set to take on Hospice’s Bubble Rush this July

A 78-year-old lady from Grantham has signed up to the St Barnabas Bubble Rush in memory of her late husband

78-year-old Helen Smith from Croxton Kerrial near Grantham, has signed up to the St Barnabas Bubble Rush in memory of her late husband, John. The 5k Bubble Rush is set to take place on Sunday 8th July at Stoke Rochford Hall.

Helen’s husband, John, sadly died a couple of years ago in the St Barnabas Hospice in the Hospital from metastatic cancer of the lung. Prior to his fifteen days spent in the Hospice, he received Hospice at Home care from St Barnabas, as well as attending Day Therapy sessions in Grantham.

Helen, who has previously volunteered in the Hospice gardens with her daughter, said:

“I read a story about a five-year-old who took part in last year’s St Barnabas Bubble Rush, and she really inspired me. If she can do it, then why can’t I?

“I have been very unwell myself and cannot walk without the use of sticks, so I see this as a goal to help get my life back to normal.

“John will definitely be looking down on me and chuckling the whole way round, but I know he’d be very proud.”

St Barnabas Hospice supports more than 9,000 people each year who are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers. The care provided is completely free, and the Hospice must raise over £5.5 million each year to continue it.

Helen said:

“The care John received from St Barnabas was utterly excellent. They relieved the whole family, which meant we were totally free to make the most of the time we had with him. It made it really special.”

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“Helen is truly inspirational, and we are so proud to be part of her journey this year.

“I would encourage anyone who is thinking of stepping out of their comfort zone to try one of our Hospice events. They’re so much fun, and the sense of accomplishment at the end will stay with you for a long time.”

There are still places left at this year’s Bubble Rush on Sunday 8th July at Stoke Rochford Hall, Grantham. To sign up, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/bubblerush18. Under 5’s go free!

Hospice Moonlight Walk sees hundreds of people take to the streets of Lincoln in memory of loved ones

Hundreds of inspirational people took to the streets of Lincoln on Saturday night to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice

More than £40,000 was raised when hundreds of people took to the streets of Lincoln dressed in pink, for St Barnabas Hospice’s eleventh annual Moonlight Walk.

Following an energising warm-up led by Curves Lincoln gym, the walkers departed from Bishop Grosseteste University at 10pm for a 10km walk around Lincoln.

Many of the walkers had a personal connection to St Barnabas and were walking in memory of their loved ones.

Rose Gray, Learning and Development Facilitator at St Barnabas Hospice, walked in memory of her Dad, who died three years ago with Parkinson’s, dementia, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and bowel cancer. Rose said:

“Dad would have been very proud of me taking part in the Moonlight Walk. I took part to raise awareness to others about the services that St Barnabas has to offer to both patients and their families.

“When Dad was ill, we were unaware of St Barnabas’s services. If we had known what St Barnabas could have done to ease the journey along, this would have given us all the opportunity to make more informed choices.

“I have raised over £100 for St Barnabas by taking part in the Moonlight Walk, and hope to raise even more money and awareness by taking part in their Snowdon Challenge later this year.”

Hundreds of inspirational people took to the streets of Lincoln

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“We are very proud of everyone who took part in this year’s Moonlight Walk in Lincoln, and are delighted to be hosting a second Moonlight Walk in Stamford on Saturday 15th September.

“The evening was as successful as ever, and it was special to join hundreds of inspirational people walking shoulder-to-shoulder in support of hospice care.

“The money raised will go a long way towards helping our Hospice to provide end-of-life care across Lincolnshire, into the future.”

Tickets are available for the Moonlight Walk Stamford on 15th September, from www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/moonlightstamford18. Adults are £15 each and children (aged 11+ only) are £10 each.

Spalding Charity Ball set to celebrate Royal Wedding in style

Limited tickets remain to St Barnabas Charity Ball, held on the evening of the upcoming Royal Wedding

St Barnabas Hospice are hosting their annual Lipstick and Champagne Ladies Ball in Spalding on the evening of Saturday 19th May, to celebrate the Royal Wedding in style.

The Ball will take place at Springfields Event Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, PE12 6EU, beginning at 6.45pm. Limited tickets remain, and will cost £42.50 per person (including a drinks reception and three-course meal).

There will be live music throughout the evening from Lincolnshire function band, Starstruck Live, who will be performing hits from the 60’s to modern chart toppers. Entertainment will also include a live DJ and disco. The dress code is cocktail dress/ball gown.

Vikki Allen, Community Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“Everyone is getting so excited for the Royal Wedding, and we can’t wait to give the people of Spalding a chance to get their best dresses out and party into the night whilst raising money for a local charity.

“The venue will be decorated with all things royal-themed, and we’re hoping to raise over £8,000! This money is crucial so we can care for more people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.”

Throughout the night, there will be plenty of opportunities to donate to St Barnabas. There will be a raffle with wonderful prizes, and even the chance to win a magnum of champagne!

Tickets for the Ball are £42.50 per person and can be booked at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/lipstick18. For more information, call Vikki Allen on 07435 753 098.

Lincolnshire Hospice to host Cream Tea & Plant Sale in Louth

St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting a Cream Tea & Plant Sale on Saturday 19th May, from 1.30pm to 4pm at the Louth Hospice, Grimsby Road, LN11 9SX.

A large range of quality plants are on sale. There will also be a selection of craft stalls, as well as a raffle and tombola.

Amy Bailey, Community Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are delighted to be holding our annual Cream Tea & Plant Sale on the afternoon of the Royal Wedding in Louth this year.

“It will be a wonderful afternoon out for all the family, and there will be lots of activities and games to keep all ages amused.

“We are also looking for donations of all types of plants for the event, either brought to the Louth Hospice beforehand, or on the day.”

For further information or to make a donation, please contact Amy Bailey on 07442 504 651 or email amy.bailey@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/louthplantsale18 for more information.

Lincolnshire Hospice to host Cream Tea & Plant Sale in Gainsborough

St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting their annual Cream Tea & Plant Sale on Sunday 27th May, from 1.30 – 4pm at their Gainsborough Hospice, George Henderson Lodge, Front Street, Morton, LN2 4QX.

Throughout the afternoon there will be a chance to purchase your summer bedding plants from a wide selection. After making your purchases to get your garden summer ready, you can also enjoy looking around some local craft stalls. To end the afternoon, why not indulge in the beautiful homemade cream tea served in the tranquil garden?

Ella Beale, Corporate Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“Last year this popular event raised over £1,200 for hospice care in the West Lindsey area, which is enough to fund over ten nurse visits to a patient’s home. This year we are hoping to attract more visitors and raise an even greater amount for our Hospice.

“Our much loved Plant Sale is an excellent opportunity to showcase our wonderful facilities and encourage those in the local communities to learn more about the services we provide, in the welcoming grounds of our Gainsborough Hospice.”

“The plant sale wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of local people and garden centres donating plants to support the event. If you would like to make a donation to help us in organising this event, please email ella.beale@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.”

St Barnabas would appreciate any plant donations for this event, so please get in contact if you would like to help. You can also apply to host a stall on the day, which will cost £20.

For further information or to make a donation please contact Ella Beale on 01522 559 509 or email ella.beale@stbarnabashospice.co.uk. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/gainsborough-plant-sale

New Hospice Fundraiser encourages locals to do something challenging for charity

St Barnabas Hospice have recently hired a Challenge Events Fundraiser to help people wanting to do something extraordinary to fundraise

Mike Pastor, the new Challenge Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, has organised a whole host of challenging events for the more daring supporters to raise money.

Do something extraordinary to fundraise

A range of challenges have been added to the St Barnabas events calendar this year, including: a China Trek, Wolf Run, London to Paris Bike Ride, Skydives, Snowdon by Night, long distance running and the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Mike said:

“I’m delighted to have taken up this new role at St Barnabas, and have been working hard to add some more challenging events to the calendar.

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

The full list of 2018 challenge dates is as follows:

Do something extraordinary to fundraise

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 London to Paris, 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 2018 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!”

Do something extraordinary to fundraise

You can view more information about St Barnabas challenges at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/challenge

To take on a challenge for St Barnabas Hospice, call Mike Pastor on 01522 559 514 or email mike.pastor@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Local family joins Inflatable Colour Dash in memory of late father and pub landlord

Six family members have signed up to the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash in memory of late father, John White

A family from Caythorpe has come together to run the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash on Saturday 12th May, in memory of the late John White.

John was a much loved father, grandfather and husband to Emma Framingham, Jason Framingham, Ned Framingham, Sienna Sullivan, Amber Sullivan and Maureen White, who are aged between 11 and 71 and will be taking part in this year’s Inflatable Colour Dash.

Family members have signed up to the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash

Emma, John’s daughter, works for the headline sponsor of the event, Western Power Distribution. There will also be around 20 of Emma’s colleagues taking part in the Inflatable Colour Dash alongside the family. Emma said:

“I was first made aware of the Colour Dash in 2016 through work, as it’s an event we sponsor. St Barnabas is a great cause, so my daughter and I took part in our first Colour Dash that year.

“When the time came around again for the 2017 Colour Dash, we both had no hesitation in signing up again as we had so much fun the year before.

“Never would we have imagined when we did those runs that we would be using the St Barnabas facilities the next year when Dad fell ill.”

John spent time at the St Barnabas Hospice in the Hospital in Grantham for just over two weeks in January 2018, and he sadly died from lung cancer which spread to his bowel on 29th January 2018.

Emma said:

“The care Dad received from St Barnabas was simply phenomenal, and my mum described it as a weight being lifted from her shoulders the moment we walked through the door.

“Everyone from the cleaners and the volunteers to the doctors and nurses were just amazing, from chatting with my dad and making him laugh while he was able to, to making us all feel welcome and reassured with everything that was going on.

“The nurses were so lovely to my eleven-year-old daughter, Sienna, who was worried about going to see her grandad as he was so poorly. They helped her to understand what was going on, and it meant a great deal to her to be able to spend time with him in such a lovely environment.”

John was originally from Brighton, and spent his youth riding his scooter! He joined the RAF aged 18 and was often on Royal Detachment, serving members of the senior royal family. After his time in the RAF, John moved to Caythorpe to run the Red Lion pub, where he settled down to family life.

Family members have signed up to the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash

Emma said:

“Dad made it very clear that he was very proud of us all, and I am sure he’d be bursting with pride that we are doing this for him.

“We raised almost £300 for St Barnabas at Dad’s funeral, and will definitely be doing more fundraising for the Hospice in the future.”

To sign up for the Inflatable Colour Dash, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/ICD18. Ticket prices are £65 for a family (two adults, two children), £25 for an adult (16+), and £15 for a child (5-15).

If you have any questions about the event, contact Laura Stones, St Barnabas Event Fundraiser, on 01522 559 515 or email laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Grantham family comes together to fundraise in memory of loved family man

Eight family members of local Grantham man are taking part in the St Barnabas Bubble Rush in his memory

Eight family members of local Grantham man, aged between 2 and 72, are running in this year’s St Barnabas Bubble Rush on Sunday 8th July to raise money in his memory.

Dennis Page was admitted to the Grantham Hospice in the Hospital on 18th April 2017 for pain control, where he was diagnosed with lung cancer. He remained there until 28th April before coming home to be with his family, where the St Barnabas Hospice at Home team looked after him. Dennis sadly died on 29th May 2017.

Natalie Price, Dennis’s granddaughter, said:

“We were inspired to do the Bubble Rush last year because St Barnabas is a special cause to us all. Last year we raised £617 for the Hospice, and this year we’re hoping to raise even more.

“There was also a collection at Grandpop’s funeral which raised an extra £359 for the Hospice.”

Taking part in the St Barnabas Bubble Rush in his memory

This year’s Bubble Rush will once again be held at Stoke Rochford Hall near Grantham, on Sunday 8th July. It is a 5k untimed run which features coloured bubble stations at each kilometre. The bubble cannons pump out 4ft of bubbles!

Rosemary, Dennis’s wife said:

“Dennis was a loving family man and was well liked in the local community. He would strike up a conversation with anybody, no matter where he was!

“The care he received from St Barnabas was simply wonderful and he was treated with such dignity.

“We always said that if there were angels on earth, they were the St Barnabas nurses. A nurse called Theresa always went the extra mile for the family, and nothing was ever too much trouble.”

Before Dennis died, he made a donation himself to St Barnabas, which his wife Rosemary arranged.

Taking part in the St Barnabas Bubble Rush in his memory

Natalie said:

“Grandpops would have been over the moon with our donations, and pleased we were continuing to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice.”

The full list of family taking part in the Bubble Rush in memory of Dennis Page is as follows:

  • Mikey Price, age 2
  • Roman Price, age 4 (student at St Sebastian’s Primary School)
  • Vinnie Price, age 10 (student at St Sebastian’s Primary School)
  • Harry Page, age 19 (student at Grantham College)
  • Natalie Price, age 29 (housewife and mother)
  • Michael Price, age 31 (Painter and Decorator)
  • Mark Page, age 53 (Butcher)
  • Rosemary Page, age 72 (retired)

To sign up for the 5k Bubble Rush, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/bubblerush18. Early bird ticket prices are £50 for a family (two adults, two children), £20 for an adult (16+), £10 for a child (5-15) and free for an infant (under 5).

If you have any questions about the event, contact Amelia Mochan, St Barnabas Event Fundraiser, on 01522 540 300 or email amelia.mochan@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

St Barnabas Hospice launch brand new outdoor film festival in Lincoln this summer

This summer, St Barnabas Hospice are bringing the magic of the movies to Lincoln with their brand new outdoor cinema

On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, St Barnabas Hospice are hosting their brand new Barnabas Big Screen event at Daisy Made Farm, bringing Lincoln a summer film festival to remember.

Thanks to Big Event Screens, there will be an outdoor screen showing three different films over the two days. On the Friday night will be a popular chick flick film beginning at 8pm, with gates opening at 6.30pm. Saturday afternoon will show a family friendly film at 2pm, with gates opening at 12pm. A movie classic will be shown on the Saturday evening at 8pm, with gates opening at 6.30pm.

The films are yet to be decided, but that’s because St Barnabas wants to put the choice in the hands of the public! Head to their Facebook page on Monday 19th March where the vote for the chick flick film will be open for a week. The vote for the family film will run for a week from Tuesday 20th March, and the vote for the classic film will run for a week from Wednesday 21st March. You could also win a pair of tickets by voting!

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“We would like to thank Paperwork UK, who is the headline sponsor for this brand new event and will be providing our event tickets.

Alex Colman, Sales Director at Paperwork UK, said:

“Paperwork UK specialises in ticket and event media for theatres, stadiums and international events and we wanted to show our support for such an exciting occasion happening on our doorstep.

“Being a Lincolnshire business, we’re familiar with so many people who have been touched by the wonderful work carried out by St Barnabas, and we’re very proud to be a sponsor.”

Donations are crucial to the success of this event. There are no set prices for the tickets – St Barnabas simply asks that you make a donation of what you feel it is worth.

£10 would fund two three-course meals for a patient at our Inpatient Unit, £20 would allow St Barnabas to care for a patient in their own home for an hour, and £34 would fund a physiotherapy session for a St Barnabas patient.

Amelia Mochan, Event Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever Barnabas Big Screen this summer. It’s a great way for the local community to come together and have fun whilst raising money for charity.

“A lot of our events are quite physical, so we wanted to bring a large scale event to Lincolnshire that was something completely different.”

As well as being able to relax in the sunshine and watch a movie, people will also be able to buy hot and cold food, including classic cinema snacks and drinks. There will also be plenty of ice cream!

The Barnabas Big Screen is open to everyone, but children will be unable to register for tickets unless accompanied by a paying adult. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times. If a dog causes disruption or mischief, St Barnabas reserves the right to ask them to leave the venue with their owner.

Tickets are set to go on sale during the week commencing 26th March at www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/events. For more information contact the Events team on 01522 540 300 or email fundraising@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

Thirty friends and family members set to run Hospice Inflatable Colour Dash in memory of local lady

Friends and family members of Lisa Zealand have come together to raise money in her memory by running the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash

On Saturday 12th May, a large group of friends and family members will be joining together at the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash to raise money in memory of Lisa Zealand.

At just age 43, Lisa was diagnosed in September 2017 with terminal liver cancer, and had only six weeks to spend with friends and family before she sadly died on 2nd November 2017.

Linda Stapleton, Lisa’s friend, said:

“I thought it would be a good idea to gather Lisa’s family and friends together to take part in this year’s Inflatable Colour Dash in her memory, as St Barnabas is a charity which Lisa supported personally, as well as in her working role.

“She worked as a Carers Assessor and Support Worker for the City of Lincoln Council, where she recommended St Barnabas Hospice to the carers which she supported.

“Lisa took part in the St Barnabas Colour Dash in 2014, and the collection at her funeral was also donated to the Hospice.”

Running the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash

Included in the friends and family members taking part in memory of Lisa are her husband, Leslie, and her five-year-old daughter, Isla.

Linda said:

“Lisa was a fun loving person and loved spending time with her many friends and family. She would definitely have approved of us all coming together in her memory to raise money for her favourite charity.

“Lisa didn’t use the St Barnabas Hospice services in the six weeks following her diagnosis, but I know she would be so proud that we are following in her footsteps and raising money for such a worthy cause.”

You can sponsor Lisa’s friends and family in the Inflatable Colour Dash by visiting their JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lisazealand

Running the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“It is wonderful that so many people are coming together in memory of Lisa, they should all be really proud of their fundraising efforts.

“It’s not too late for more people to sign up to the Inflatable Colour Dash, so please visit our website for more information. Whether you are running in memory of a loved one, to get fit or just for fun, it’s sure to be an amazing day out.”

To sign up to the Inflatable Colour Dash, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/CD18. For more information, contact Laura Stones on 01522 559 515 or email laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk