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 www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/challenge

To take on a challenge for St Barnabas Hospice, call Mike Pastor on 01522 540 300 or email mike.pastor@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

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 fundraising@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

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 www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/LUAL

Remember loved ones in countywide hospice Light Up a Life celebrations

Nine celebrations will be held across Lincolnshire throughout November and December, to remember loved ones who are missed

St Barnabas Hospice is inviting the local community to remember someone they will never forget at their annual Light up Life celebrations. These unique celebrations are a special time for families and friends to join together in remembering the people that they love, who are no longer with us.

Each event will feature touching readings, music and a time for quiet reflection; candles are lit in remembrance.

Karen Lee, Member of Parliament for Lincoln, has been a big supporter of hospice care since her friend, Denise, sadly died of bowel cancer aged 52. Denise spent time being cared for by St Barnabas Hospice at their Inpatient Unit in Lincoln.

Karen said: “The services at St Barnabas were superb. Denise had spent over twenty years working as a nurse and knew the reputation that St Barnabas had. She wanted to spend her last moments at the Inpatient Unit because she had such confidence in the Hospice.”

Although she wasn’t cared for by St Barnabas, Karen’s daughter, Lindsay, sadly died of breast cancer in May 2011. Karen said:

“It will always be upsetting to remember loved ones, but St Barnabas has enabled such a positive way in which we can remember them. It keeps them alive in your heart.”

Each Light up a Life celebration will last approximately one to one-and-a-half hours. They are free to attend and are open to everyone, regardless of faith. There is no need to book in advance.

Find your nearest Light Up a Life celebration:

  • Boston – Sunday 25th November, 2pm – Salvation Army, 59-61 High Street, Boston PE21 8ST
  • Sleaford – Sunday 25th November, 3pm – Sleaford Methodist Church, Church Lane, Sleaford NG34 7DF
  • Lincoln – Tuesday 27th November, 6pm – Our Lady of Lincoln Church, Laughton Way, Lincoln LN2 2HE (followed by a Torchlight Procession at 7.30pm from Clayton’s Sports Ground, Lee Road, Lincoln LN2 4BH)
  • Spalding – Sunday 2nd December, 3pm – St John the Baptist Church, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding PE11 1JQ
  • Skegness – Sunday 2nd December, 2.30pm – St Pauls Baptist Church, 19 Beresford Avenue, Skegness PE25 3JD
  • Gainsborough – Tuesday 4th December, 6.30pm – United Reformed Church, Church Street, Gainsborough DN21 2JR
  • Louth – Sunday 9th December, 3pm – Louth Methodist Church, Nichol Hill, Louth LN11 9NQ
  • Sutton – Saturday 15th December, 2pm – St Andrew, Sutton Road, Hannah cum Hagnaby LN13 9QL
  • Grantham – Sunday 16th December, 2.30pm – St Wulframs Church, Church Street, Grantham NG31 6RR

One of the Light up a Life celebrations is the Torchlight Procession, which sees hundreds of people carry flaming torches through Lincoln to a special service at the Cathedral, where the Tree of Life stands. Karen said:

“If I was to dedicate a light on the St Barnabas Tree of Life outside Lincoln Cathedral, it would mean a lot to me. I like the idea that the tree is a living thing and it helps keep memories alive.”

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 www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/LUAL

St Barnabas Hospice to light up Lincoln in annual Torchlight procession

Community set to welcome more than 1,500 people in annual St Barnabas Hospice Lincoln torchlight procession

St Barnabas Hospice is inviting the local community to remember someone special in their flaming torchlight procession.

A pipe band will lead the procession from Claytons Sports Ground at 7.30pm on Tuesday 27th November 2018, making its way past St Barnabas Hospice on Nettleham Road before finishing at the West Front of Lincoln Cathedral.

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

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

Becky Otter, Events Manager, said:

“The Torchlight procession is the most poignant event in the Hospice calendar and one that is very close to my heart. Each year hundreds of people from our local community walk shoulder to shoulder in memory of those they love and it is a sight like no other.

“It is moving, emotional and inclusive; everyone is there to remember and to support each other. Best of all, the event is free and open to everyone, not just for those touched by hospice care.”

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.

Road closures will be in place from 7pm- 9pm including: Nettleham Road, Lee Road, Church Lane, Eastgate, Newport, Bailgate.

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 www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/LUAL

Enchanted Forest Ball raises £9,000 for St Barnabas Hospice

The Enchanted Forest Ball, held at The Lincoln Hotel on Friday 5th October, raised over £9,000 to support patients and families living with a life-limiting or terminal diagnosis in Lincolnshire.

Guests were entertained by the award-winning mind magician Looch and took part in his “Challenge the Mindreader” performance. The evening also featured an auction, raffle and live music from Rebecca Gilliland.

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

“It was a fantastic night that was filled with fabulous food, brilliant entertainment and delightful company. Thank you to our sponsors, our supporters, our guests and our volunteers for their generosity and hard work – you’ve all helped to make this a special occasion and together we’ve raised thousands of pounds to support local families.

“The evening was made even more special for one of our guests who purchased a Hospice Lottery Raffle Ticket and won a staggering £3,000 on the night!”

The ball was supported by the local business community, including Flowers by Design and Scothern Nurseries Plant Centre who donated floral decorations for the evening, Cakes by Carol who donated woodland designed cupcakes and, Chris Rowe for donating uplighters and AJP Woodsman for donating room decorations.

For information on future fundraising events at St Barnabas, visit our Events page.

Hospice Moonlight Walk sees hundreds of people take to the streets of Stamford

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

An incredible £38,000 was raised when over 400 people took to the streets of Stamford dressed in pink, for St Barnabas Hospice’s first Moonlight Walk in the town.

Before the walk, everyone participated in an energising warm-up led by Wildcats Theatre School that included the popular viral dance, ‘Baby Shark’, and music from ‘The Greatest Showman’.

Many walkers enjoyed getting their cheeks bedazzled with glitter and bought flashing accessories from the merchandise stall in order to light up the streets of Stamford.

The walkers departed from New College Stamford’s Borderville Campus at 9.30pm for their 10km walk around Stamford.

Amelia Mochan, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

Raising £38,000 is completely overwhelming and definitely exceeded our expectations. The money will go directly towards the care in the south of the county.

We provide care and support to so many people in Stamford and the surrounding areas but the event has really helped raise the profile of St Barnabas and increase the awareness for people who do not know about our services.

We were delighted to have fifty new volunteers on board for the night, who were key to the success of the walk. A massive thank you goes to for RJ Scholes Funeral Directors for sponsoring the event; we couldn’t have done it without them.”

St Barnabas Hospice are delighted to announce that both the Lincoln and Stamford Moonlight Walks will be back again in June 2019. If you would like to register your interest for either of these events, please call the Fundraising team on 01522 540 300, or email fundraising@stbarnabashospice.co.uk.

Hospice announces “Virtual Marathon” fundraising opportunity

St Barnabas Hospice doctor, Dr Adam Brown, talks about his motivations to fundraise through challenges and why everyone should get involved with the Virtual Marathon

St Barnabas Hospice have announced a brand new way to fundraise for the charity. The ‘Virtual Marathon’ is similar to a regular marathon, taking on 26.2 miles but the difference is that you can allow yourself a day, a week or an entire month to complete it!

Dr Adam Brown, a consultant at St Barnabas Hospice Lincoln, is a regular fundraiser and has taken part in several challenge events in order to raise money for the Hospice. He encourages people who may not be able to complete a traditional marathon to sign up and try a Virtual one in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.

Adam said:

“I know my knees are not up to doing 26 miles on the road in one go these days, but the virtual marathon allows you to run or walk where you like, when you like, and over a month it can work out to be less than a mile a day.

“I plan to run around my local park, and as long as I stay ahead of target of one mile per day I know I will get there by the end of the month.”

It’s only £5 to sign up with a minimum sponsorship amount of £26. That’s only £1 per mile! If you wish to take part, please register on the St Barnabas Hospice Website: stbarnabashospice.co.uk/events/virtual-marathon.

Adam said:

“Of course I’m biased, but I get to see on a daily basis the amazing work that the Hospice does, and the difference it makes in people’s lives. It is a huge privilege to be able to help deliver the standard of care that we all aspire to and to go the extra mile for patients and their families.

“I know we can only do this because of the huge number of people across Lincolnshire and beyond who give their time and effort to raise so much money for St Barnabas Hospice.”

You may already be walking a mile a day without realising it, whether you’re walking the dog, commuting to work or doing the school run. So why not do it while raising money for your local Hospice?

If you would like to take on a challenge event in support of St Barnabas Hospice, please contact Mike Pastor at mike.pastor@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call 01522 540 300.

Lincolnshire golfers needed to help raise money for local Hospice

Join St Barnabas at the annual Rilmac Golf Day in Market Rasen and help raise money for hospice care

On Friday 28th September, Rilmac are set to hold their annual Golf Day in Market Rasen. This is to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice, as well as the British Heart Foundation and Prostate Cancer UK.

The Golf Day will be held at Market Rasen Golf Club, Legsby Road, Market Rasen, LN8 3DZ. Teams of four can enter, and can be made up of men, ladies or mixed. The maximum men’s handicap is 28 and for ladies it is 36. All participants will receive coffee and a bacon roll in the morning, plus a meal after play. Entry is £200 per team with all proceeds going to support the three charities.

Caroline Swindin, Corporate Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We are delighted to be one of Rilmac’s chosen charities for this year’s Golf Day, and hope everyone attending enjoys the event.

“The money raised for our Hospice at this event will go a long way in helping us deliver specialist, end-of-life care to people in Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness and their families and carers.”

Golfers can enjoy refreshments, kindly donated by Market Rasen Tesco, at the halfway house at hole nine. There will also be a raffle during the day.

Rob Harris, Head of Business Development at Rilmac, said:

“Rilmac are delighted to be hosting our Charity Golf Day at Market Rasen in support of three fantastic charities. We hope the day will be a great success and we can raise as much money as possible.”

Gary Burr, Fundraising Manager at British Heart Foundation, said:

“We are very grateful that Rilmac have chosen the British Heart Foundation (BHF) as one of their chosen charities for this event. Events like this will raise vital funds towards the life-saving research that the BHF carries out across the country.

“We fund over £100m of research each year into all heart and circulatory diseases, along with the conditions connected to them. This funding is only made possible by the generosity of the public, so we would like to say a big thank you to Rilmac for joining us in our fight to beat heartbreak forever.”

James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said:

“We are hugely grateful to Rilmac for organising the Golf Day and choosing Prostate Cancer UK as one of their three charities.

Golf is a great fit for Prostate Cancer UK but sadly this disease is not out of bounds. One in eight men will be affected by prostate cancer in their lifetime in the UK, so this is a disease that exists in every golf club. We need to drive home this hugely important message to men and their families and this Golf Day is the perfect platform to do that.”

To sign up to this event, visit www.rilmac.co.uk/charity-golf-day or for more information, contact Rob Harris at r.harris@rilmac.co.uk

Hospice Make a Will Month is a huge success

St Barnabas Hospice has announced the success of their 2018 Make a Will Month

Throughout May this year, St Barnabas Hospice teamed up with local Solicitor firms to give Lincolnshire residents the chance to make or amend their Will free of charge. In return, they asked people to leave gifts to the Hospice in their Will.

Compared to 34 people who participated in 2017, this year saw an overwhelming 139 people taking part, with 64 gifts being left to St Barnabas Hospice and two donations being made. This figure is still rising. These gifts will help St Barnabas care for more people across Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers long into the future.

The Solicitors which were involved in this campaign are: Dale & Co Solicitors, Hodgkinsons Solicitors, Langleys Solicitors, Ringrose Law and Sills & Betteridge Solicitors. Thanks to these five companies, the campaign was able to reach more people across Lincolnshire than ever before.

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

“We are delighted with the success of this year’s Make a Will Month, and are excited that some Solicitors have already come on board for next year too! The campaign featured strong imagery from three of our volunteers, who were asking people what their legacy is. It’s great that the community took so well to the campaign, and we can’t thank these volunteers enough for helping out.

“In addition to running Make a Will Month each May, St Barnabas is now able to help supporters all year round who are wishing to make or amend their Will. We have a helpful pack with all the information you need, and are happy to provide our list of trusted Solicitors for those who are unsure on who to use.”

It is important to consider making your Will, whatever stage of life you are at. There is always something to sort out, whether you have just bought a house, own a business, had a baby, had a change in health or simply want to secure the future for your loved ones.

By choosing to leave a gift in your Will to St Barnabas Hospice, you will be helping to secure the future of end-of-life care in Lincolnshire. Although we hope that this won’t be for many years to come, your gift will enable us to care for more people living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

To receive your free pack, email sam.waterer@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call 01522 540 300.