Raising funds to thank St Oswald’s Hospice

Amber Roberts is joined by family and friends on the walk around North Tyneside coast raising funds for St Oswald's Hospice.
Amber Roberts is joined by family and friends on the walk around North Tyneside coast raising funds for St Oswald's Hospice.

A daughter has thanked the hospice who cared for her mother by taking part in a sponsored walk in North Tyneside.

Amber Roberts completed the walk in memory of her mum Julie, who was cared for at St Oswald’s Hospice last year.

Julie used the hospice’s day services and inpatient unit last year after being diagnosed with breast cancer while Amber continues to be supported by the hospice team and regularly meets with Terri Walls, a social worker at St Oswald’s.

The 24-year-old took part in the walk with colleagues from a 12-week employability programme she is currently involved in, run by the Prince’s Trust in collaboration with Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

Amber completed a seven-mile circular route from North Shields walking via Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Whitley Bay and back to North Shields Fish Quay.

Amber said: “The walk seemed like the perfect way to support St Oswald’s and say thank you for all they have done for me and my Mum. As part of the employability programme, we had to organise an event for charity and because of my connection to St Oswald’s, as a group we decided it was the right charity to support.

“I really enjoyed the walk, and knowing that I was helping such a deserving charity while doing it made it even more worthwhile.

“Luckily, the weather was really on our side and we had a great day. We even brought collection buckets with us to raise as much money as possible.”

Stewart Lamb, team leader of the Prince’s Trust employability programme in collaboration with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Amber and the rest of the team have been great over the last 11 weeks, they have done some amazing things and have finished off with this great fundraising event.”

Terri said: “It’s a privilege to have supported Amber and her mum Julie, and it’s lovely that she is now raising money and awareness of the Hospice to benefit other families like her.”

Amber and her team are continuing to raise money for St Oswald’s Hospice. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stew-leader