‘Giving something back to those who supported mam’

Vicki Pringle with her mum, Nicola.
Vicki Pringle with her mum, Nicola.

A north Northumberland woman is holding an event this weekend to raise funds for the hospice that cared for her mam in her final days.

Vicki Pringle, from Amble, is supporting St Oswald’s by trekking in Iceland later this year, but on Sunday, she is hosting an event at a town pub.

The 29-year-old’s mam, Nicola, benefitted from care on St Oswald’s Inpatient Unit before she died from cancer at the age of 48 in October 2011.

“I couldn’t believe what an amazing place St Oswald’s is,” said Vicki. “All the staff were so lovely and caring.

“Mam was only there for 10 days, but the care she was given was wonderful.

“I started fund-raising so that I could give something back for their kindness and the amazing care my mam received when she was with them. So far I’ve done the St Oswald’s Way Walk, a skydive, I hosted a coffee morning last year and have been baking and selling cakes to family and friends.

“I am taking part in St Oswald’s Icelandic Trek in October 2014 and I have already exceeded my fund-raising target of £3,000, so anything extra I raise for the Hospice now is a bonus.”

The event at the Mason’s Arms in Amble begins at 1pm on Sunday and will feature a prize raffle, bottle raffle, bake sale, games, refreshments and live music from 7pm. Local artist Jimmy Thompson has donated one of his paintings to auction and local businesses have given vouchers and goods to boost the raffle prizes. There will also be a barbecue and teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes to buy. Entry is free, but donations are encouraged.

Vicki added: “On the day of my event, I’m hoping the community will pull together to help raise money for such a great cause. I think it will be a lovely atmosphere for both adults and children so please do come along and join us.”

Emma Noble, fund-raiser at St Oswald’s Hospice, said: “Vicki has been a wonderful supporter of ours and we are delighted she has achieved her fund-raising goal and wish her all the best for her Iceland adventure.”