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ay I wish you a very warm welcome to this issue of M Your Hospice Matters. It takes a community to make a Hospice and our work would just not be possible without you. We’d really like to be able to keep in touch with you and continue to send you this newsletter. Due to new regulations coming into force soon, we need to ask you to confirm you’re still happy to receive communications from us, and how you’d like to receive them going forward. If you could take a moment to complete the form on the next page in order to confirm you’d like to keep in touch with us it would mean such a lot to us. Please do call the Fundraising Team on 01604 973340 if you have any questions about this. We hope to see lots of you at our fourth annual Colour Run this month at Overstone Park. It really is the most colourful and vibrant fundraising event of the year and a great opportunity to #getmessy4cynthia while raising money for our wonderful Hospice. You’ll also see from this issue that Cycle4Cynthia rides back into your diaries for its 15th year on Sunday 23rd September. The event this year is based at the beautiful Althorp Estate and as usual you will have three different routes to choose from – five miles, 25 miles and 50 miles so there’s plenty of options to choose from whether you’re new to two wheels or very much at home in the saddle. The themes of the ride this year are ‘fun fitness and family’ which perfectly sums up what’s great about taking part in our fundraising events! I hope you enjoy reading this issue of Your Hospice Matters, we’d love to hear your feedback so please do drop the Fundraising Team an email on if you have any comments. Thank you again for your continuing support. Joanne Merritt

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m o r f s w e N e h t d n u o r a Hospice Successful Franklins £50 Challenge Launched for 2019


wing to the huge success of the inaugural Franklins £50 Challenge this year, the 2019 corporate fundraising challenge has launched and kicks off in January 2019. Sponsored by Franklins Solicitors LLP, the 2018 challenge pitted local businesses against each other to use their fundraising savvy and business acumen to raise the most money for local charities from an initial £50 investment. Between the teams supporting Cynthia Spencer Hospice and Willen Hospice, the 2018 challenge raised a whopping £48,969.61. The 2019 challenge will also incorporate teams supporting MacIntyre Charity.

Fundraising Manager, John Helm said: “Being part of the first Franklins £50 Challenge has been fantastic for our charity as not only has it raised an amazing sum which would pay for one in-patient’s care for an entire month, but it’s also shone a light on the amazing energy and

passion for fundraising that exists within our local business community. We’d like to extend our sincere thanks to Franklins Solicitors for sponsoring the challenge and all the teams that took part to raise money for Cynthia Spencer Hospice”

Fancy taking on the challenge in your business? Register online now event/franklins50, contact John on 01604 973342 or email


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year old grandfather, Chris Dyson has taken on an extreme running challenge to show his gratitude to the Hospice for the care given to his friend Andrew. “He was treated with dignity and respect and helped to remain pain free for the last few days of his life. The care Andrew and his family received was truly amazing” said Chris. To raise money, Chris will be running a half marathon every month for the rest of the year. If you can help Chris raise as much money as possible in his mammoth fundraising challenge, his online giving page is fundraising/chris-dyson67

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e’re pleased to have launched our very first golf day and welcome teams to enter the 18 hole Alliance Stableford competition. The golf day is taking place at Northampton Golf Club on Thursday 11th October at midday. To find out more and to register your team, call John on 01604 973342 or email




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It’s all about fun, fitness and family at Cycle4Cynthia 2018 The 15th annual Cycle4Cynthia ride will take place at the Althorp Estate on Sunday 23rd September and registration is open now! The usual three routes are available – five, 25 and 50 miles so there’s a route for everyone regardless of your ability on two wheels! Last year’s event saw over 1,000 riders jump into the saddle to support the Hospice and together they raised £76,000 taking the total money raised over the 14 years Cycle4Cynthia has been running to £500,000! The themes of this year’s ride are fun, fitness and family so what are you waiting for? Grab those early bird discounts on registration when you sign up today at You can also register over the phone by calling 01604 973340.


Our s r e t r o p Sup Charlene Nash’s ‘Lipstick Girls Night Out’ event at Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club raised £2,657 in memory of her Mum, Mandy

The Terry Wire Memorial Harley Run raised a fantastic £2,838 for the Hospice with 213 bikes taking part

Paul Hughes organised a fundraising night full of music and fun at the Picturedrome in memory of his pal ‘Gozzer’. Together the whole event raised £5,000

Our Tree of Love services in December raised over £20,000 and more than 1,000 people joined us at the Cathedral for our services of remembrance

Northampton Boat Club, one of the oldest boat clubs in the country, raised £1,030 through a range of fundraising activities

The Caroline Beesley Memorial Cup raised a fantastic £10,000 in its fifth year at Towcester Racecourse

The 2017 Santa Run raised £4,460

Travis Perkins’ Kitchen and Bathroom team held a range of fundraising events from karting to raffles and raised £4,688 for the Hospice


Sisters Julie and Katie raised just over £1,000 for our Hospice at Home service after their Mum was cared for by the team. They held a tea party and each person who came was given a china cup and saucer from their Mum’s collection as a keepsake

We were the chosen charity for the SME Northants Business awards 2017 and their support raised over £4,000 for the Hospice

The Old Swan at Earls Barton created and sold Sara’s Cider in memory of customer Sara Holloway, raising £2,350 for the Hospice

A very generous donation of children’s clothing from Joules was sold on ebay raising over £2,700 for the Hospice

James Aron is running 1000 miles in 2018 for the Hospice and has raised £5,942 so far

Our brave firewalkers raised £3,770 during their challenge

Strictly Northampton 2017 raised a toe tappingly terrific £32,489 taking a group of novice dancers from scratch to stage in just eight weeks. This year’s Strictly Northampton is on 1st December 2018!

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ince we opened our Donation Station last May many local businesses have come in for volunteering days where groups of colleagues turn their hands to all sorts of jobs to help us turn donated goods into income for the Hospice. From processing donated items and filling pens ready for delivery to our shops, to identifying items for sale on ebay and upcycling furniture, there’s lots to do and loads of new skills to learn. Thank you to all the teams that have held corporate volunteering days with us. If you fancy joining them, complete the form below and we’ll get a day booked in for you.

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Looking for a great corporate volunteering day? Come and help out at our Donation Station, it couldn’t be simpler to sign up! Employees from would like to come and volunteer for the day at Cynthia Spencer Hospice Donation Station There will be

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2018 Diary Dates

For further details on any of our events call Sarah on 01604 973346, visit or email


Throughout the Year:


National Lift Tower Abseil. Minimum Sponsorship £200 which includes Registration fee. Running throughout the year.


Wing walking. Take on one of the most exhilarating challenges and feel the wind in your hair. Registration fee: £50 Minimum sponsorship:£1,000

Upminster, Essex

Skydive. Jump from 10,000ft and conquer the skies Registration fee: £70 Minimum sponsorship: £395

Brackley, Northampton

MAY 2018 JUNE 2018 JULY 2018 AUGUST 2018 SEPT 2018 OCTOBER 2018

All month

Make a Will Month. Local solicitors give up their time on Will making in exchange for a donation to the Hospice


5th - 6th

Isle of Wight Challenge. Choose from either the full 100km loop or tackle the 50km/25km routes. Registration fee and minimum sponsorship apply

Isle of Wight


Colour Run. 5k fun run where you’ll get showered in colour


16th - 20th

London 2 Paris Cycle. Saddle up and take on this 300 mile cycle Registration fee: £125 Minimun Sponsorship: £1,600

Start in London finish in Paris, France


It’s a Knockout and Funfest Funday. Team competition and family funday.

Rushden & Higham RFC

26th - 27th

London to Brighton Challenge. Choose from either the full 100km walk or tackle the 50km/25km routes registration fee and minimum sponsorship apply

Start in London finish in Brighton

8th - 10th

Great Swim Series. Don your wet suit and take on one of these open water challenges across the country register your interest via our website

Windermere, Cumbria or Alton Park, Suffolk

6th - 10th

London2Amsterdam. Why not take on this challenge and cycle the 360 mile from London to Amsterdam. Registration fee: £125 Minimum Sponsorship £1,600

London to Amsterdam

15th - 17th

Lakes 4 Peak Challenge. Do up your walking boots and tackle the 4 highest peaks surrounded by stunning scenery. Registration fee: £95 Minimum Sponsorship: £700

Lake District, Cumbria


Summer Soltice Skydive. Welcome in the Summer Solstice and Jump into Summer!

Brackley, Northampton

29th June - 1st July

Three Peaks Challenge. Scale Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 36 hours. Call the Trip Leader, Mick Finch on 07885 298611 for details.


30th June - 1st July

Cotswold Way Challenge. Choose from either the full 100km walk or tackle the Bath to Cheltenham 50km/25km routes registration fee and minimum sponsorship apply

6th - 8th

Hadrian’s Wall. When will you plan your invasion? Join and conquer the Wall today! Registration fee: £75 Minimum sponsorship: £510

11th - 15th

Iceland Lava Trek. With its striking mix of wild volcanic landscape, steaming lava fields, Iceland icecaps, glaciers, bubbling hot springs and geysers, the stunning Icelandic landscape is one you will never forget. Registration fee £299 Minimum sponsorship £2,790

21st - 22nd

Jurassic Coast Challenge. A new Ultra Challenge for 2018 Following along the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Three distances to choose from registration fee and minimum sponsorship apply

Poole Harbour to Bridport

25th - 29th

London 2 Paris - Tour de France Edition. Slip into your lycra, hop on your saddle and let’s ride! 300 miles, over 4 days and you get to see the Tour de France finish in the stunning city of Paris… Registration fee: £125 Minimum sponsorship: £1,560

London to Paris

25th July - 3rd Aug

London 2 Geneva. Cycling 666 miles over 10 days on this two stage cycling tour, you’ll London to Geneva have the opportunity to watch the final stage of the Tour de France live in the heart of Paris – its a cycling adventure that’s one of a kind! Registration fee: £199 Minimum sponsorship £3,320

8th - 12th

Morocco Mount Toubka. Discover the real Morocco and its delights, as you explore the High Atlas Mountains and summit Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa. Registration fee: £150 Minimum sponsorship: £1,540


9th - 12th

Coast to Coast Cycling. Tackle this tough 136 mile ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth Registration fee: £99 Minimum sponsorship: £850

Whitehaven to Tynemouth

11th - 12th

Wye Valley Challenge. New Ultra Challenge the stunning Wye Valley on the England and Wales border. There are 3 distance to choose from, registration fee and minimum sponsorship apply

Chepstow to Hereford

16th - 19th

Wales End to End Cycle. Cycle the length of Wales on this fantastic adventure! Pedalling from the most northern point to the vibrant capital of Cardiff. Registration fee: £125 Minimum sponsorship £1,050

Anglesey to Cardiff

25th - 26th

South Coast Challenge. Take in some of England’s finest scenery. Choose from 100km, 50km or 25km registration fee and sponsorship apply

Eastbourne to Arundel

8th - 9th

Thames Path Challenge. Choose from 3 different challenges along the River Thames. Registration fee and sponsorship apply

Thames Valley


Great North Run. Join one of the country’s most iconic running events for the Hospice



Cycle4Cynthia. 5, 25 & 50 Mile routes available. Suitable for all abilities



Northampton Half Marathon. A tour of Northampton’s heritage awaits runners in this half marathon



Corporate Golf Day. Our inaugural golf day welcomes teams for an 18 hole Alliance Stableford competition

Northampton Golf Club


Royal Parks Half. Run through 4 Royal parks of London in this stunning event



Leicester Marathon. Raise the £350 minimum sponsorship and run for free


9th - 14th

Andalusian Adventure. Put on your lycra and cycle the 667 miles from the historic city of Seville, pass Mallaga and finish in the Moorish city of Granada. Registration fee £125 Minimum sponsorship: £1,900

Seville to Granada, Spain

Lanercost Priory to Brocolitia



You’ll find our full calendar of events on page 13 but to help you plan for the rest of the year, here’s a taster of the fun events and challenges you can take on to support the Hospice. Contact our Events Fundraiser Sarah Denston on or 01604 973346 to find out more.


LONDON 2 GENEVA 25th JULY to 3rd AUGUST 2018


Cycling 666 miles over 10 days on this two stage cycling tour, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the final stage of the Tour de France live in the heart of Paris – its a cycling adventure that’s one of a kind! COAST 2 COAST 9th - 12th AUGUST 2018 Starting with our back tyres dipped in the Irish Sea in the seaside town of Whitehaven, our cycle challenge encompasses some of the best scenery Britain has to offer as we tackle the tough 136 mile ride to Tynemouth. ANDULASIAN ADVENTURE 9th - 14th OCTOBER 2018 Cycle from the historic city of Seville, cycling though the coastal plains of the Donana National Park, a world heritage site. Along the way you’ll cycle through traditional Spanish countryside and mountain passes.


Take to the skies and welcome in the warmer months as you parachute jump on behalf of Cynthia Spencer Hospice in our special Summer Solstice Skydive. WING WALKING Throughout 2018 A wing walking experience definitely counts as one of life’s greatest aerial adventures! So get ready to amaze your friends and family as you put on your very own in-flight show under the guidance of experienced professionals.


Get your hiking boots on and trek to the roof of Africa! Mount Kilimanjaro stands at the height of 5,895 meters and is a magnet for trekkers and climbers from all over the world. This epic challenging trek will take you along the beautiful Machame route, through rainforest all the way to the snow capped summit.

SOUTH COAST CHALLENGE 25TH - 26TH AUGUST 2018 Take on some of England’s finest scenery - up the stunning Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along the South Downs way to a Brighton mid-point. Devil’s Dyke, beautiful views and a few ups & downs all lie ahead before historic Arundel comes into view after an amazing journey you’ll never forget.

CAMBODIA TREK TO ANGKOR WAT 3RD - 11TH NOV 2018 Trek for 95km over five days through Cambodia which lies in the heart of old Indochina; home to dazzling green rice-paddies and jungles dotted with temples and ruins, villages of thatched stilted houses, and small towns where Buddhist temples nestle amongst graceful French colonial buildings.

You can now Gift Aid your shop donations Gift Aid is a simple way to add 25% to the value of your donated goods and it won’t cost you a penny!


our local Cynthia Spencer Shops are always in need of goods to sell, so whether it’s a too-tight top, a spare skirt or the sofa that’s been taking up the spare room we’d love you to donate. You don’t have to fill a whole bag, even an odd item will be gratefully received! And better yet, you can make your donated goods worth more by simply adding Gift Aid! You can sign up for Gift Aid and receive your very own supporter card by completing our online agreement on our website. Alternatively you can sign up at any of our shops or at our fundraising office.

Fundraising from our Lottery tops £250,000


t was smiles all round at the Hospice when it was revealed recently that our amazing lottery players have helped raise over £250,000 since our lottery started in 2014. Over 7,000 of you play in the draw each week which is making a massive difference to patients and families living with life limiting illness across the county. Our lottery is one of the easiest ways to support the Hospice and it only costs £1 per play each week.

Plus, you have the chance of winning one of 136 guaranteed prizes ranging from £10 to £1,000 and a rollover jackpot, which if not won increases by £250 up to a maximum of £10,000. Over the past 4 years the lottery has sent out over 2,900 prize cheques on behalf of Cynthia Spencer Hospice equating to over £50,000 in prize money. That includes 1 rollover jackpot winner and 18 winners of the £1,000 weekly top prize. Hospice Fundraising Manager, John Helm said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has ever played Your Hospice Lottery in support of Cynthia Spencer Hospice. This fantastic sum represents a quarter of what Cynthia Spencer Hospice Charity has spent on supporting our Hospice care teams in the last year. So, thank you all for the wonderful difference you have made to Hospice care in South Northamptonshire.”

If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning the jackpot enter here or call 0800 285 1390.


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