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:

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 For more information, contact Laura Stones on 01522 559 515 or email

Lincs FM set to join popular Hospice Bubble Rush event at Stoke Rochford Hall

St Barnabas Hospice is once again hosting Lincolnshire’s 5k Bubble Rush at Stoke Rochford Hall

Back by popular demand, St Barnabas will be hosting their 5k Bubble Rush at Stoke Rochford Hall this July. This year, they will be joined by local radio station, Lincs FM.

The Bubble Rush is set to take place on Sunday 8th July at Stoke Rochford Hall in Grantham. Starting in a sea of bubbles, the 5k route will be lined with high-powered foam cannons which can blow out 30 cubic metres of bright, foamy bubbles at each kilometre.

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas, said:

“We held Lincolnshire’s first ever Bubble Rush last September, and it was so popular that we have decided to bring it back again this summer.

“There are no age restrictions and the route is child friendly. Whether you’re here to exercise, have fun or remember a loved one, you’re sure to have a great day out.

“We have even expanded the Bubble Rush this year, so participants and spectators can spend time before and after the race wandering round the Bubble Village and Stoke Rochford Hall.”

Spectating is completely free, so please bring along as many friends and family members as possible to support you! There will be children’s activities, food and merchandise stalls, face painting, warm up routines and more in the Bubble Village. The live entertainment will be bigger and better than ever before as the Hospice welcomes Lincs FM to take over the stage for the day. Watch out for the freebies they will be handing out!

Sam Heywood, Programme Manager at Lincs FM, said:

“Lincs FM is proud to be part of such a fun event in Grantham. The Bubble Rush puts a smile on people’s faces as well as raising funds and awareness for such a good cause.

“See you in the foam as we add even more colour to an event with our presenters and street team!”

St Barnabas is also looking for local businesses to sponsor this fantastic event. If you’d like to become a corporate sponsor, please get in touch for more details.

Amelia said:

“We are hoping to raise £35,000 from this year’s Bubble Rush, which will go a long way to caring for people in Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

“By signing up to the Bubble Rush, you are helping families across Lincolnshire who desperately need your help.”

Early bird tickets are available until [insert date] and cost £50 for a family ticket (two adults, two children), £20 for an adult ticket and £10 for a children’s ticket (age 5 – 15). Children under five can take part for free, but all children under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by a paying adult.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt, a bottle of water and a medal.

To purchase your tickets, visit, or for more information contact Amelia Mochan on 01522 540 300 or email

Lincolnshire sisters reach out to late Grandma’s friends as they run the London Marathon in her memory

Three sisters from Lincolnshire are getting ready to run the London Marathon for St Barnabas in memory of their Grandma

This April, Emma, Rebecca and Katie Seddon will be taking on the challenge of running their first London Marathon to raise money in memory of their Grandma, Eileen Seddon.

Although the three sisters all live and work outside of Lincolnshire, they are coming together in an attempt to raise over £6,000 which will be split between St Barnabas Hospice and Hospice UK.

Rebecca said:

“Our Grandma was really fond of St Barnabas and despite the nature of her stay, loved the Hospice itself and the staff working there.

“They were always so kind and caring to both Gran and the whole family too. They were so great that her health actually improved whilst being in the Hospice.

“Seeing first-hand the care and service they can provide for those who truly need it inspired us to challenge ourselves and raise money for both charities.”

Eileen was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and spent several months being cared for by St Barnabas Hospice before she sadly died on 18th November 2017.

Rebecca said:

“Grandma was a total character. She was a very independent, active lady and never wanted to burden anyone, even when we all really wanted to help.

“She was friendly and always had time for people. We couldn’t go for a walk around Lincoln without her stopping countless times to talk to friends she had made whilst living there!

“Grandma lived in a little cottage called ‘The Mouse House,’ which she completely adored. She was a keen gardener and took great pride in looking after it.”

To sponsor the three girls for running the London Marathon, you can visit or text SEDS85 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

Run the London Marathon for St Barnabas in memory

Rebecca said:

“We are trying to reach out to Grandma’s many friends in Lincoln to let them know what we are doing in her memory, and ask if they will support us. She was a one-off, special kind of lady and we all miss her lots.

“One of our fondest memories of Grandma was when we took her to a pub whilst she was poorly. She loved a pint of Guinness, and she even sent us out to buy her some crisps as the pub had run out of stock!

Run the London Marathon for St Barnabas in memory

“When she was alive, we told her that we had charity places to run the London Marathon. She said we must be mad, but was very proud and told every visitor she had.”

St Barnabas Hospice has a whole host of challenge events coming up this year. For more information about taking on a challenge for hospice care, call Mike Pastor on 01522 540 300 or email

Local business hosts fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice in memory of colleague’s father

Fowler Welch have hosted a Give a Gift event to raise awareness of St Barnabas Hospice and bring in donations for future raffles and tombolas

Spalding company, Fowler Welch, has recently hosted a successful Give a Gift event in support of St Barnabas Hospice, following the death of a colleague’s father.

The Give a Gift event saw colleagues bring in a whole host of items to donate to St Barnabas for future raffles and tombolas. A large number of these items were put to good use during the Burns Night event in Spalding.

Sam Lee, who works as HR Manager at Fowler Welch wanted to give something back to the Hospice that cared for her father.

Sam said:

“I give monthly to St Barnabas Hospice and am a member of their lottery, but it is lovely that my workplace has got involved too.”

Sam’s father, Dermot McGinley, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and spent two months in 2017 being cared for by the St Barnabas Hospice at Home team.

Sam said:

“The care he received can only be described as fantastic. It was personal, honest and responsive, and nothing was too much trouble.

“The nurses treated him as if he was their own father, and he looked forward to his shave every morning.

“I was particularly touched when I overheard a nurse telling Dad to ‘have a safe journey’ as she left the day before he passed away.

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

“We are delighted that Fowler Welch has chosen to fundraise for us, and the hard work put into organising the Give a Gift event is admirable.

“The money raised from the tombolas and raffles using these gifts will help us care for more people in Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.”

Following the initial Give a Gift campaign, Sam is eager to support St Barnabas with other events throughout the year.

Sam said:

“Dad would be really proud of the fundraising I’m doing for St Barnabas, and it’s such a wonderful way to keep his memory alive.

“He would say ‘good on you – do your bit!’”

If you or your company want to do something to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, please get in touch with the Fundraising team on 01522 540 300 or email for advice and tips.

Annual quiz night fundraiser set to be Hospice’s biggest yet

The annual St Barnabas Hospice Wine & Wisdom evening is set to raise more money than ever before

Now in its 22nd year, the annual St Barnabas Wine & Wisdom evening started in 1996 by Lincoln widower, John Davey, in memory of his wife, Anne.

In December 1992, Anne was admitted to the Inpatient Unit in Lincoln after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

John said:

“The Hospice was a truly wonderful place and the people there were incredibly kind. They took such good care of Anne but they also looked after the whole family too.”

“I will always remember the night I fell asleep holding Anne’s hand and I awoke to find that a blanket had been placed over me by one of the kind people there. It’s only a small thing but it is something I will never forget and it really meant a lot.”

“On Christmas Eve, carol singers who were performing in the Hospice. The sound of the music drifted into Anne’s room and the most remarkable thing happened, Anne sat up in bed for the first time in a long time and she sat and sang every carol. For that short time, I had my Anne back. She was just like her old self.

Anne died at the hospice age 56 on 13th January 1993, just eight weeks after being diagnosed.

Following her death, John organised two sponsored walks which raised over £8,000 for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice. In 1996, John decided to organise a quiz night which became known as the annual Wine and Wisdom fundraiser.

John said:

“Wine and Wisdom began as a wonderful way to remember my wife of 29-years and also for our family and friends to remember her too. It also gave us an opportunity to raise money to help other families who need the valuable support of the Hospice.

“I am truly humbled by the amount of money the quiz has raised and it far exceeds any expectations I had. I never expected the quiz to become so popular and I wouldn’t have dared to dream that it would still be going now.

“It’s a lovely lasting tribute to my dearest Anne.”

In 2017, John received an award from St Barnabas for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Fundraising.’

Ella Beale, Community Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“The time and effort that John has put into fundraising for our Hospice over the years is truly inspirational, and I am delighted to be working on such a wonderful event with a long history in the local community.”

This year’s Wine and Wisdom event will take place on Friday 2nd March from 7pm, at Waddington Village Hall on Mere Road in Lincoln. Teams of 5-8 people can register, and entry costs £6 per person. There are eight rounds, and some great prizes up for grabs.

To register for the event, visit or for more information, contact Ella Beale on 01522 540 300 or

Lady signs up to Inflatable Colour Dash held two years to the day since her dad’s funeral

A lady from Louth has signed up to the St Barnabas Inflatable Colour Dash in memory of her dad who died of cancer

Following a surge in sign-ups to this year’s Inflatable Colour Dash, Lisa Reynolds, has shared her reasons for signing up to support St Barnabas Hospice, two years after her dad’s funeral.

Lisa, age 38 and originally from Louth, said:

“I’m not the fittest of people, but I really wanted to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice to enable staff to help families through these heart-breaking and very difficult times.

“The Inflatable Colour Dash is being held on Saturday 12th May – two years to the day since my dad’s funeral. It is the perfect opportunity for me to raise money for such a great cause.”

The Inflatable Colour Dash is a 5k untimed fun run which will see participants splattered from head to toe in environmentally friendly coloured powder paint, with brand new inflatable obstacles at each kilometre.

Lisa said:

“My dad was an amazing man who worked hard to provide for his family. He lived and worked in Louth and was well known because he used to have a business selling beds in the town.

“It was a huge shock when we received the news that he was going to die – we are a very close family.

“My daughter, Ruby, was the light of his life when she was born, and she often talks about Grandad Ray being in the sky.

Lisa’s dad, Ray, was diagnosed with lung cancer which spread to his bones. In March 2016, the St Barnabas Hospice at Home nurses came to care for Ray at home, and he sadly died within five weeks of the diagnosis.

Lisa said:

“The care from St Barnabas was first class. They worked hard to ensure that my dad was as comfortable as possible in his final weeks, days and hours.

“Not only did they care for my dad, they were also there for the whole family. We would look forward to their visits every day as it was a relief for us to be able to talk about how we were feeling.

“Without the St Barnabas nurses offering their support through Dad’s short illness, I believe that we would have struggled to cope as well as we did. Having Dad at home was very stressful, but he was where he should have been, with his family that he loved very much and who loved him equally in return.”

“I think that Dad would have been proud of our fundraising as he fully appreciated all the hard work that St Barnabas did in order for him to stay at home with his family.”

Early bird tickets to the Colour Dash will cost £20 for adults, £10 for children (age 5 to 15), and £50 for a family (two adults, two children). These are available until 2nd March from

Lincoln duo will trek to Everest base camp in memory of Dad/Grandad

A Lincoln lady and her daughter are raising money in memory of their dad/grandad this March, with a trek to Everest Base Camp.

This March, Sue Robinson and her daughter, Dani, will be taking on the challenge of trekking to Everest Base Camp to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, in memory of their dad/grandad.

Sue Robinson (52) and her daughter, Dani Robinson (31) were inspired to take on this challenge last year, when an old military friend asked friends to join him to mark the end of his 38 years in service. Sue was instantly interested in this once in a lifetime trip, and asked her daughter to join in.

Sue said:

“Dani has aspirations to see the world, and it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to trek to the dizzying altitude of 5,380m.”

Sue and Dani are fundraising for St Barnabas in memory of Bob Shaw, their dad/grandad. He sadly died in August 2015 after living with lung cancer and brain metastases for four months.

Sue said:

“Dad was an inspirational man to many throughout his lifetime. He worked in the Army and the Prison Service, and was a loving husband, dad and grandad.

“We all have such fond memories of him and his humour. He was such a character, and once you met him you would never forget him.

Bob was cared for by the Lincoln Hospice at Home team.

Sue said:

“The care Dad received was second to none. Not only did the team support him, but they were sympathetic and caring to the family during a highly emotional time.

“It was nice for Dad to be able to share his life memories with the nurses. He made them laugh with his stories and it was nice to witness him giggling away with them.

“Dad was a passionate radio amateur and a lifelong member of the Lincoln Short Wave Club. One of the St Barnabas nurses helped him get to his rig one day whilst visiting, so that he could listen and talk to other radio amateurs on the airways. That was his last transmission and he thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon.”

Sue and Dani are hoping to raise as much money as possible for St Barnabas Hospice, and supporters can donate by texting CTSN47 £[amount] to 70070 or by visiting

Sue said:

“Dad would completely laugh that we’re heading to Everest Base Camp, but at the same time he’d definitely be proud of us.

“He’d be so happy that our fundraising efforts are going towards St Barnabas Hospice, as he truly valued the support and often spoke about the kind, caring and special people that work there.

“I hope we can do you justice and raise as much money as possible for you.”

St Barnabas Hospice has a whole host of challenge events coming up this year. For more information about taking on a challenge for hospice care, call Mike Pastor on 01522 540 300 or email

Hospice Moonlight Walk is back with brand new locations

The popular Moonlight Walk hosted by St Barnabas Hospice is back for 2018 with brand new locations.

The Moonlight Walk is back for 2018, and this year St Barnabas Hospice has chosen two brand new locations to host it – one in Lincoln and one in Stamford.

Now in its eleventh year, the Moonlight Walk will be open to all residents of Lincolnshire with updated locations. On Saturday 9th June, the Moonlight Walk will take place at Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, and on Saturday 15th September, there will be a second Moonlight Walk at Borderville Sports Centre, Stamford.

Amelia Mochan, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“We are delighted to be adding a second Moonlight Walk in Stamford this year. There are so many amazing St Barnabas supporters across Lincolnshire, and we want to include everyone.

“Although the Moonlight Walk used to be ‘ladies only’, this year St Barnabas is encouraging the public to grab the girls AND bring the blokes to what promises to be the biggest and best Moonlight Walk to date.

“Don’t worry ladies, you still get to wear those bright pink t-shirts, and local face painters and accessory stalls will be there to add all the sparkle you need!”

The Moonlight Walk is a flagship event for St Barnabas, and features at 10k route around Lincoln or Stamford, beginning at the designated venues. This year, St Barnabas is aiming to get 2,000 people walking shoulder to shoulder for hospice care, with the support of BG Conference & Events.

Registration will open at 8pm for both events, and people will be able to take part in an entertaining warm-up led by Curves of Lincoln and Stamford Fitness. Participants will have plenty of opportunity to purchase merchandise, professional photos and face painting before the walks begin. They will also receive a free event t-shirt and finishers’ medal on the night. Each participant will get a bacon, sausage or veggie bap and hot drink once the walks have finished.

Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said:

“Whether you want to be social, get fit or remember a loved one, join St Barnabas and hundreds of inspirational people from across Lincolnshire for a night you won’t forget.

“The money raised from these events will be crucial in helping St Barnabas provide care and support to people in Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.”

Early bird registration is only £12 for adults and £7 for children (aged 11+ only), with each adult being asked to raise a minimum of £20. The early bird will end on Friday 6th April, so hurry and get your tickets at a discounted price!

To register for these events, visit (Lincoln) or (Stamford).

For more information on the Lincoln Moonlight Walk, contact Laura Stones on 01522 559 515 or

For more information on the Stamford Moonlight walk, contact Amelia Mochan on 01522 540 300 or

Hospice Chief Executive and Corporate Fundraiser take on 35 challenges and raise almost £10,000

To honour St Barnabas’ 35th birthday year in 2017, the St Barnabas Chief Executive and Corporate Fundraiser have taken on 35 challenges and raised £9,727 for the Hospice

Chris Wheway (Chief Executive) and Caroline Swindin (Corporate Fundraiser) have spent 2017 undertaking some amazing challenges in order to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice. Their efforts raised a total of £9,727.

Both Chris and Caroline took on a different set of challenges in 2017 – some fun, some daring and some a bit crazy!

Chris said:

“When we cycled into Paris after four days of hard work, the sense of achievement was life changing!

“Over the year I have met some amazing people who give so much to St Barnabas and work so hard, often without being given any recognition.

“As an organisation, we would not be able to support the people of Lincolnshire who are facing the end of their life, without our hugely generous supporters. I know that every pound raised will make a difference, and that will live with me forever.”

Caroline undertook her set of challenges alongside her friend, Becca Hooton. Becca wanted to fundraise for St Barnabas because she has seen first-hand the amazing care and support St Barnabas provides in the local community.

Becca said:

“This was such a wonderful opportunity to give something back to such a good cause. I’ve had so much fun doing these challenges alongside Caroline and can’t believe how generous our supporters were.”

Caroline added:

“I would like to thank every single person who sponsored us all during 2017. From friends and family to local businesses and even complete strangers, your support throughout the year really kept us going and inspired us to reach the 35 challenge target.

“Although I work for St Barnabas, it is a particularly special charity to me because my mum was cared for there before she sadly passed away.”

To find out more about the ways you can raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, visit or call the Fundraising team on 01522 540 300.

Here are the full lists of challenges:


  1. London to Paris (300 mile bike ride in four days)
  2. Cycle/walk/swim 2017 miles
  3. Collections/deliveries with our shop drivers
  4. Charity bag pack
  5. Taking part in a cycling sportive (45 miles)
  6. Rilmac Golf Day
  7. Running the Colour Dash (5km)
  8. Starting a swear box (£40 deposited)
  9. Giving up sweets for 35 days
  10. Full leg wax
  11. Spending a day as a warehouse sorter
  12. Judging a cake making competition
  13. Walking from Lincoln to Boston
  14. Working in Spalding cafe as a Barista
  15. Working with the Lottery team on the raffle
  16. Decluttering the house and donate to St Barnabas
  17. Odd clothes day – clash for cash
  18. Taking part in It’s A Knockout
  19. Going on a zip wire/high wires
  20. Taking photo outside 35 Lincolnshire pubs
  21. Washing staff/volunteer cars for donations
  22. Getting a tattoo
  23. Cycling on a spin bike for eight hours
  24. Wearing wellies to work
  25. Castle to Coast (104 mile bike ride in a day)
  26. Serving teas at Firsby Manor Open Gardens
  27. Making a Will
  28. Serving lunches at Lincolnshire Police HQ
  29. Working in a St Barnabas shop for half a day
  30. Carol singing
  31. Helping with the staff Christmas lunches
  32. Driving with Lincolnshire Police
  33. Presenting a 35 minute slot on the radio
  34. Taking a silly hat photo
  35. Wearing yellow to work for the day

Caroline & Becca

  1. Lincoln 10k
  2. Castle to Coast (104 mile bike ride in a day)
  3. London to Paris (300 mile bike ride in four days)
  4. Learning to ride a bike wearing cleats
  5. Hitting the fundraising target of £3,500
  6. Taking part in a cycling sportive (45 miles)
  7. Making and wrapping 35 shoeboxes for appeal
  8. Wearing 35 charity wristbands at once
  9. Wearing 35 different items of clothing at once
  10. Gathering 35 different cakes at a coffee morning
  11. Trying 35 different cocktails
  12. Going gluten free for 35 days
  13. Charity bag pack in Market Rasen Tesco
  14. Charity car wash
  15. Presenting a 35 minute slot on the radio
  16. Wrapping 35 presents in the Waterside Centre
  17. Taking part in It’s A Knockout
  18. Walking 35 miles in a week
  19. Doing 35 random acts of kindness
  20. Taking 35 photos in new places
  21. Doing 35 consecutive sit-ups
  22. Doing 35 minutes exercise for 35 days straight
  23. Trying 35 different ice cream flavours in a day
  24. Cycling on a spin bike for eight hours
  25. Learning 35 Thai words whilst on holiday
  26. Trekking through a forest in Thailand
  27. Watching no television for 35 days
  28. Donating 35 non-clothing items to St Barnabas
  29. Reading 35 different books
  30. Spending 35 nights away from home
  31. Trying 35 different nail colours
  32. Singing in the 12 Days of Christmas campaign
  33. Doing a photoshoot for Light up a Life
  34. Using 35 different gym stations in a week
  35. Meeting 35 potential corporate partners

Put on your best dress for the annual ladies only charity ball in Spalding

Tickets are now available for the annual St Barnabas Hospice Lipstick & Champagne Ball in Spalding

Following its success last year, St Barnabas Hospice are set to host their annual Lipstick & Champagne Ladies Ball in Spalding on Saturday 19th May.

The Ball will take place at Springfields Event Centre, Camel Gate, Spalding, PE12 6EU, beginning at 6.45pm. Tickets will cost £42.50 per person and will include 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:

“I’ve seen this event grow every year, and it’s wonderful for the ladies of Spalding to come together and have fun whilst raising some much needed money for the Hospice.

“The money raised will really help us to continue caring for people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness in Lincolnshire, and their families and carers.”

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

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