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Our Community Fundraising - Making a difference together 

As we continue to see a growing demand for our Care services across North Northumberland, this year we expect our running costs to be around £1m to ensure we can continue to meet this demand. We will receive a small contribution from the NHS of around 5%, the rest we have to find from fundraising, donations, trusts, and our shops. Our community fundraising has become a vital source of income for HospiceCare  - local people who consistently go the extra mile to support our fundraising efforts - put simply, without their support we wouldn't exist.  On this page, you will find the events planned by local people and businesses in our communities who are raising funds for us - please support them if you can!


Rothbury WI Secret Skinny Dip 2023

HospiceCare North Northumberland is delighted to announce that Rothbury WI has adopted us as their charity of the year for 2023. As part of their commitment to support the Hospice, the WI agreed to do a secret skinny dip to raise funds – which they hoped to raise at least £1,000.

The dip was completed at Sugar Sands Beach on 5th September and has raised currently raised £2,879! Smashing the original target out of the park. There is still time to donate via their Just Giving page: 


Julie Frost, HospiceCare’s Marketing & Communications Officer, said “We are delighted to have been chosen as Rothbury WI’s Charity of the Year 2023 because not only will it help generate vital funds, it will also help raise the profile of our Hospice at Home, Bereavement & Dementia Support Services to a much wider audience. Meeting Katy for the first time to discuss their latest fundraiser, I suggested they were all super-brave for signing up to complete a skinny dip. I asked if it had been a difficult task getting members to agree to take part?”


Katy Nickolls, Rothbury WI Secretary, added “I originally mentioned the idea of a skinny dip as a joke to members of the WI as our next  fundraiser.  To my surprise, several members said they thought it was a great idea and that they would do it – so the’ Secret Skinny Dip’ event was born. We are planning it very carefully with Health & Safety being a top priority but are keeping the exact date and beach location top secret, as we are a demure group of ladies after all! We will just promise to complete the challenge by the end of September this year and to post photographs as evidence (rear view only) on our website.”


Julie continues: “it doesn’t matter what size the donation, large of small, EVERY penny counts. This year HospiceCare’s running costs are expected to be around £1m. We will receive a 5% contribution from the NHS, the rest we have to find from fundraising events, donations, trusts and organisations, legacies and our charity shops. It would mean the world to us and the families we support, to help Rothbury WI achieve, or even exceed, their target of £1,000.”


 Tully's and The Narrow Nick on Rothbury High Street have both agreed to take a collection tin so people who want to pay cash can drop money in there. Or you can contact the Rothbury WI directly via


The members of the Rothbury WI are no strangers to fundraising for local causes. Over the last six years, they have raised over £8,000 for a variety of charities that provide services that are active in their local community. This has included Carers Northumberland, Thropton Warm Hub Lunch Club, The Coquetdale Bereavement Support Group, St Oswald’s Hospice, Northumberland Park Mountain Rescue, and the Women’s Refuge. However, the jewel in their fundraising crown has been the circa £10,000 raised for The Stephen Carey Foundation in 2014 from a ‘Vintage Rothbury’ event.

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The Magic of Christmas at Starbucks

2nd December 2023

After its huge success in 2022, The Magic of Christmas event returns for 2023 at Starbucks Drive-thru Alnwick.  Join us between 11am -4pm to  visit Santa in his Grotto - tickets are bookable with a suggest donation of £5 per child on the day. ( adults with a child are FREE). There will be a raffle, tombola, Christmas craft stalls, entertainment, and more to get you in the festive spirit.

Castleside Crafters Pop-up Events

Our wonderful volunteer team of crafters, Castleside Crafters, will be taking their beautiful handmade items to sell at various events during the year.

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Organising your own event

If you would like to or are thinking about organising an event to raise funds for HospiceCare, please give us a call. Our experienced fundraising team will be available to help and support you every step of the way, to help you make your event a success. We can also provide the following for your event...

  • Dedicated posters

  • Coin collection buckets or tins

  • Donation envelopes

  • HospiceCare clinical literature and banners

  • Exposure on our social media platforms

Contact our Fundraising team by calling them on T. 01665 606515 or T. 01289 309997 or emailing: Alternatively, you can complete the form below and we will get back to you.

Register your fundraising event

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Chat with our Fundraising Team

If you would like more information about any of our community fundraising events, please give us a call on T. 01665 606515 or T. 01289 309997 or email because we would love to hear from you. Emma Arthur, Fundraising Manager

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