Butterwick Hospice gets the support of Teesside athlete Matty Hynes

Thu 17th Mar 2016

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It is with great pride that I can now speak about our 320 charity places for hopeful Great North Run entrants, as well as the support of professional marathon runner, Matty Hynes. 

As a charity we are proud to say that we receive great support from people far and wide in the Stockton and Bishop Auckland region, but we still need to raise significant funding year on year to continue our team’s hard work for families across the area. 

I’m thrilled to announce that Teesside’s very own half marathon runner Matty Hynes has given us his backing as we hope to raise over £120,000 from the Great North Run, which takes place on Sunday 11th September. 

Hynes, 28, from Middlesbrough, said: “It’s the biggest half marathon in the world and charities survive on these sorts of events. 

“The Butterwick Hospice is an absolutely fantastic charity, and the more people can take part the better. 

“You can get fit and healthy and have some fun along the way while raising money for a great cause.” 

Although to some people the goal of raising £120,000 from one event – the Great North Run – might seem almost excessive, in truth, it only goes a small way to support the individuals who rely on our charity to provide care in their sometimes darkest hours. 

On average, we need £10,000 every day to continue to provide the patient care that has made so many families grateful for our ongoing work. 

Butterwick Hospice was opened by our founder, Mary Butterwick, in 1984 and runs from three sites in Stockton and Bishop Auckland, as well as from three Community Hospitals and our staff working directly in patients own homes. We are in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and currently support over 2,000 patients and their families every year, at a cost of more than £3.5m a year. 

Today, our main sites offer extensive professional services including: 

  • Butterwick Hospice in Stockton offers a wide range of supportive day services for people suffering life limiting illnesses and offers care and support to the families of patients, including bereavement counselling. It also offers 10 In-patient beds for patients with specialist pain and symptom control needs and end of life care. The Hospice expertise is freely available to all. 

  • Butterwick Hospice at Bishop Auckland provides many services to communities around the Durham Dales and Sedgefield areas including day services, palliative home care, outreach day hospices and services to people suffering from progressive neurological illnesses. 

  • Butterwick House offers a very warm welcome to babies, children and teenagers who are suffering with a progressive life limiting illness, as well as their families. Most of the children and young people who come to Butterwick House need round the clock care - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Some children come for the day, many children come for a short break either by themselves or with their families. 

If you would like to help raise money by participating in the Great North Run, you will be guaranteed a place with Butterwick Hospice as well as a number of added extras in association with our partners at Rockliffe Hall, including: 

  • Discounted spa days at Rockliffe Hall 

  • Reduced price sports massages 

  • Four exclusive training events with professional athlete, Matty Hynes 

  • Monthly newsletter, blog updates and training guide 

  • Spa therapists waiting at the finish line 

  • Prize draw to win an overnight stay at Rockliffe Hall 

I hope that you will greatly consider taking up one of our charity places and sharing this blog with your friends and family as every entrant’s efforts go a great deal to helping local families. 

Best wishes, 

Graham Leggatt-Chidgey 

Chief Executive at Butterwick Hospice