Fundraising

There are many ways you can help St Benedict's Hospice and in this section you will find information about ways to help, from simply making a donation, holding an event, taking part in an event, setting up a standing order for regular giving, workplace giving, leaving a legacy and many other things.

St Benedict's Hospice takes it's fundraising responsibilities very seriously as every penny raised for the charity is used wisely and carefully to support the wide range of services at the hospice that benefit patients and their families.  We are very grateful to everyone who donates to the hospice however large or small that donation is.  If you would like to read how we manage our donors and their donations please see our Ethical Fundraising & Donation Acceptance Policy.  We strive always to ensure that our supporters are appreciated and informed but should anyone have any queries or complaints about our fundraising and/or communication methods then please contact, in the first instance, our Fundraising & Charity Operations Manager at the address below:

Catrina Flynn, Fundraising & Charity Operations Manager, St Benedict's Hospice & Centre for Palliative Care, St Benedict's Way, Sunderland SR2 0NY in writing or by email.

If you receive regular communications from us and would like to change your contact details or contact preferences then we will be happy to do this for you.  Please call us during office hours on 0191 512 8436 or email us.

  • Donate now

    You can make a one off donation or set up a regular donation on our Just Giving page - donate now.

    Donations can also be made in person at the Hospice during office hours in cash, by cheque or with a credit/debit card.  Our fundraising staff would be delighted to meet you when you come in and you would be welcome to have a cup of tea or coffee at our bistro when you come in.

    If you can't make it in to the Hospice then cheques made payable to St Benedict's Hospice can be sent to us at St Benedict's Way, Ryhope, Sunderland, SR2 ONY.

    We can also take donations by phone with debit/credit card - if you would like to do this call on 0191 5128436.

    Donations up to £10 can be made by text by texting SBHG15 £amount to 70070.

    Whichever way you choose to give please don't forget to Gift Aid it if you pay UK Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax - this can increase your donation by at least another 25p for every £ donated - therefore a donation of £10 can be made in to £12.50 at no extra cost to yourself.  You can download a Gift Aid form here or contact us to find out more.

  • Ebay for Charity

    If you love selling items on Ebay you can choose to donate a percentage of your selling price to St Benedict's.  Have a look at here to find out more.

  • Regular Giving

    Even the smallest of gestures can make a big difference to people's lives, so giving even the smallest of gifts regularly to St Benedict's Hospice ensures that our patients and their loved ones experience the very best of care in the loving and caring environment that is so special to hospices.

    You can make a small regular commitment by becoming a Regular Giver and setting up a monthly standing order, or you can sign up through Just Giving to make a regular monthly donation.

    A regular monthly donation, no matter how or large or small, will ensure that every patient has the opportunity to live their lives to the full in what is the unique homely surroundings of St Benedict's Hospice. 

    • £5 per month could give every patient the opportunity to leave memory boxes for their loved ones
    • £10 per month could help us to increase our family bereavement service, giving children and adults the support they need
    • £15 per month could enable patients or carers to receive complimentary therapies such as aromatherapy or reiki

    For more information about setting up a regular donation please contact us.

  • Volunteer

    Giving your time as a fundraising volunteer helps us in so many ways: for example attending events, admin duties in the office, helping in the coffee shop, servicing collecting boxes in your area, setting up a supporter group or working in one of our retail outlets. A fundraising volunteer can get involved in many areas of our work.

    If you are interested in finding out more then please contact us or download a Volunteer Application Form and post to:
    The Fundraising Office
    St Benedict's Hospice
    St Benedict's Way
    Ryhope
    Sunderland
    SR2 0NY

  • Collecting boxes

    Could your business, club, pub or organisation house one of our collecting boxes? We'd like to increase our income by housing more collecting boxes in the community.

    We can also provide you with a convenient loose change collecting box for home or office use. These flat pack, cardboard collecting boxes are a neat way to collect all that spare change that you often have lying around the house or in your desk.

    If you'd like either of these boxes please contact us.

  • Organise your own activity

    It could be a charity night in the local, a cycle ride, sponsored walk, dress down day, male waxing.... The ideas are as wide as your imagination. We can support you fully through the entire process; it’s not as hard as it sounds and we'll provide you with all the legal guidance and support that you'll need to make your FUNdraising event go without a hitch. Take a look at our online Fundraising Guide for more information about how to organise an event, then simply complete our Fundraising Activity Form to get started. If we don’t have a completed form we don’t know you’re doing the activity! You must only use our official sponsor forms – you cannot design your own.

    If you require any information or advice please contact us.

  • Take a challenge

    There are so many exciting challenges you could do to raise funds for St Benedict's. You can trek, bike and climb throughout the world through a variety of companies, each offering responsible tourism and full support. Some companies even incorporate the opportunity for you to get involved with a community project in the destination country.

    Contact us for more information about the following (and more) challenges:

    • Skydive
    • Cycle in Vietnam or Cuba?
    • Horse ride in Mongolia?
    • Trek in Iceland?
    • Experience Dog Sledding?
    • Walk the Great Wall of China?
  • Corporate support

    Companies increasingly see the benefits of being associated with charities, especially in their own communities, where often their staff, customers and suppliers are our staff, patients and volunteers. Your business could get involved by sponsoring an event or you could Match Fund your staff’s efforts.

    Companies often see the benefits of team building and motivation from staff fundraising and one off volunteering projects. By far the most popular form of corporate involvement is by charity adoption.

    To maximize your fundraising and to ensure mutual benefit, why not become a Corporate Partner, formalising your commitment to the Hospice for a given period of time, usually from 12 -18 months. Our Corporate Partners have the licensed use of our Corporate Partner Logo and benefit from a full range of exclusive opportunities.

    For further details please contact us.

  • Make a Will Months

    Our Make a Will Months in June and November give supporters the opportunity of providing for their loved ones whilst supporting the Hospice.

    For more information please contact us.

  • Leave a Legacy

    By leaving even the smallest of legacies, you could continue your commitment to support the Hospice in the future; ordinary supporters make an extraordinary difference. By leaving us a gift in their Will, every year ordinary supporters of St Benedict’s Hospice from every part of our community help to give extraordinary care to our patients.

    Even the smallest of gifts in your Will can ensure that we can make a big difference to the lives of our patients, helping them to make the most of the time they have with their family and loved ones.

    You can choose to remember us in your Will in several different ways:

    • A residual gift: what is left of your estate after any specific legacies have been made. You can give all or a portion of this as a gift. This is often the most beneficial type of gift as it tends to hold its value.
    • A specific gift: an item, such as jewellery, an antique or even a property.
    • A pecuniary gift: a set amount of money.

    If you have not already seen a solicitor you should make an appointment to discuss your wishes, or why not take advantage of St Benedict’s Hospice Make a Will Month? After you have provided for your loved ones it is easy to leave your gift to St Benedict’s, free of Inheritance Tax.

    If you have already made a Will you can add a gift to St Benedict’s by drawing up a codicil, a simple addition to your Will. Simply send it to your solicitor who should not charge you for adding it to your existing Will, or do this through one of our Make a Will Months which are held in June and November each year.  Through Make a Will Month you can make your Will through one of our participating solicitors free of charge in return for a donation to the hospice.

    If you would like further information contact us or download our information pack.

  • Give As You Live

    Give As You Live is a shopping and price comparison website with a heart.  You can shop for products from thousands of online retailers; use the price comparison too to ensure you get the best price and even save money by using the exclusive offers and deals available on our site.  

    At the same time a percentage of every purchase you make will be donated to St Benedict's if you choose us as your charity when you register.  

  • Supporter Offers

    Remember Me Always - Remember Me Always offers a service to bereaved families who wish to have a framed photo of their loved one on top of their coffin and a display of photos for presentation on the display screen at the crematorium - allowing all present to share in some special and precious memories.  If you would like to find out more about this service please contact Carol Dobson on 07914 863476 or carol.dobson2@live.co.uk.  A donation of £5 will be made to the Hospice from each commission.

     

     

     

     

    The offers available here are by third parties who have agreed to offer a commission from sales to St Benedict's Hospice. These third parties are independent agents and are in no way connected or part of St Benedict's Hospice.