Daughter fund-raises in her mum’s memory

Vicki Pringle  and Dave Taylor (chef at St Oswald's) at the Great North Run
Vicki Pringle and Dave Taylor (chef at St Oswald's) at the Great North Run

A daughter who lost her mother to cancer is raising money for the hospice which cared for her during the fight.

Vicki Pringle, 28, is collecting for St Oswald’s Hospice in memory of mother Nicola, who passed away in October 2011, aged 48.

Nicola benefitted from care at St Oswald’s in-patient unit and died at the hospice.

Vicki, from Amble, is determined to raise funds for St Oswald’s and as part of her efforts, she is hosting a coffee morning in the town on Sunday.

The event is being held at the Mason’s Arms, starting at 11am, and will include a tombola, bottle raffle, bake sale, games, refreshments and live music from 5pm.

It is free entry, but donations are encouraged.

“On the day I’m hoping the community will pull together to help raise money for such a great cause,” said Vicki.

“I think it will be a lovely atmosphere for both adults and children, so please do come along and join us.”

Her fund-raising efforts aren’t confined to Sunday.

Next year, she is tackling the new St Oswald’s expedition for 2014; the Iceland winter volcano and glacier trek.

From October 25 to November 1, participants will trek for five days through Iceland’s volcanic landscape, hiking through mountain gorges, between vast glaciers, over frozen lava fields to be topped off by a relaxing soak in Iceland’s hot springs with the Northern Lights as a backdrop.

Vicki said: “I cannot wait for the trek.

“I’ve raised £1,716.50 so far towards my fund-raising goal for the challenge.”

Vicki has previously done the St Oswald’s Way Walk and a skydive and is planning to do the Midnight Walk in July.

She said: “I couldn’t believe what an amazing place St Oswald’s is.

“All the staff were so lovely and caring. They helped us before, during and after her passing and we got more support than we could ever have imagined.

“They also made my mum welcome and comfortable.

“I started fund-raising so that I could give something back for their kindness and the amazing care my mum received when she was with them.”

St Oswald’s provides hospice care to adults, young people and children from across the North East. Annual running costs now amount to £9.5million, of which £6.5million must be raised through voluntary giving. No charge is made for the service, ensuring care is available for all.

Hospice fund-raiser Emma Noble said: “We really appreciate the donations we receive from events like this.

“Every penny raised by the local community goes towards our work with North East adults, young people, children and their families.”

○ To sponsor Vicki for the Icelandic trek, visit mydo nate.bt.com/fundraisers/vic kipringle1