Newcastle upon Tyne hospice receives £5,000 boost after award win

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A Newcastle upon Tyne-based hospice is celebrating its 30th birthday with a funding boost after being awarded £5,000 in a national competition.

St Oswald’s Hospice, in Gosforth, was awarded the money as part of the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which are run twice-yearly and provide life-changing sums to organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The money will be used to refurbish its small therapy room, creating a large and airy space where patients and carers can relax and enjoy treatments such as reflexology, to relieve pain, nausea, muscle spasms and a range of other symptoms. The upgrades to the existing room will make the space comfortable for service users, with improved décor and lighting.

The hospice, which provides services for children, adults, families and carers, treats around 2,000 people each year and was nominated for a Community Award by 86-year-old Thelma Moore, a OneFamily customer, whose daughter Jennifer was a patient at the hospice in 2004. It was one of 24 organisations presented with an award in this latest round.

Gaenor Evans, complementary therapy team leader at St Oswald’s Hospice, said:

“We are over the moon to be awarded this money, and we’re very grateful to Thelma for nominating us. Each year we have to raise around £7 million to keep providing vital services to those with life limiting illnesses.

“We work holistically with our patients to support and promote their physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing, and the money won will help us to do even more – creating a new therapy room that offers comfort, privacy and relaxation.”

The Community Awards are run by the OneFamily Foundation, an organisation set up by financial mutual OneFamily to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help its customers, their families and local communities.

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“Hospices are essential support lines for those who are seriously or terminally ill, alongside those who care for them or who are grieving a loss – so we’re really glad to award St Oswald’s with this funding.

“Our Community Awards are designed to benefit the causes closest to our customers’ hearts, giving community groups and projects the funding boost they need to continue to offer their vital work.

“The next Community Awards will launch in September, so I’d urge all Newcastle upon Tyne customers with an active policy to get involved and nominate a cause close to their heart.”

Through the OneFamily Foundation, OneFamily aspires to make £5million available to its customers – to improve their lives or to help them make a positive difference to their local communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/