Hospice has big hitters on side

Phil Mustard of Durham CCC visiting St Oswalds Hospice
Phil Mustard of Durham CCC visiting St Oswalds Hospice
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DURHAM’S cricketers are hoping to bowl over hospice fund-raisers.

Durham Dynamos’ Twenty20 match at their Chester-leStreet ground against Nottinghamshire Outlaws tomorrow will be raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice.

Durham CCC supports the hospice, which has annual £8.5million running costs, and depends entirely on public donations to support children, young people and adults from across the North East.

Jennie Evans, of St Oswald’s, said: “We’d like to thank them for this and for making their Best Seat in the House matchday prize available to use for auction.

“The fund-raising team is looking forward to a great match and to raising much-needed funds though our ticket sales and collections.”

Saff at the hospice want to ensure continuous care is provided for their patients.

They cater for children and adults, who suffer from life-limiting conditions, and provide short breaks. A new pilot scheme has been created for patients aged 18 to 25, to receive continued support as they approach adulthood.

St Oswald’s includes a day hospice, lymphoedema service, inpatient unit, complementary therapy service, consultant outpatient unit and an outreach service.

Durham Dynamos captain Phil Mustard, from Sunderland, paid a visit to gain first-hand experience of the work that goes on at the purpose built facility.

He said: “Having spoken to patients, friends, family and staff here, it’s difficult to put into words just how important the centre is for the thousands of people across the region that receive their outstanding care and support.

“I hope that as many people as possible will buy their tickets through the hospice, and give whatever they can to the people taking collections on the night.”

The match starts at 5.30pm. St Oswald’s will receive £4 of every adult ticket and £2 of every child ticket if they are bought directly from the hospice.

Call 246 9123 or email JennieEvans@stoswaldsuk.org

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