Fabulous Fundraisers 2019

Showcasing the fab and fun things our members have done for charity during 2019 - Please send any contri­butions to Alan.Borrowdale@dwp.gov.uk

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Malcolm from Digital group swam 1 mile across lake Windermere raising £380.00 in support of Teardrop Support Group in memory of his son Will Guy Moran

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Kate from Labour Market, Families and Disadvange Directorate raised £390 for British Heart Foundation by completing A Mile inthe Great North Swim, The Great North Run and Cycling the Coast to Coast


Trevor from Service, Design and Trans­fro­mation completed his annual Children’s Cancer Run with his boys raising £254 for the cancer charity 


Lesley from ESA Health & Work Portfolio Team  had a charity race night for and birthday party  and raised £927.01 for Myalgic Encep­halo­my­elitis (M.E)

The money was sent to Professor Julia Newton  at the RVI Newcastle & Dr Cara Thomas at Newcastle University who are undertaking research studies focusing on Energy Production specifically  Mitoc­hon­drial dysfunction in those with M.E. This Study relies totally on Charity donations.


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Lindsey from the Digital Cross Boundary Team did a Parachute jump for Age UK Gateshead in July this year raising over £1500

The Digital Cross Boundary Team also raised £170 with a MacMillan coffee morning.


Rachel from Digital Group ran the Great North Run and raised £1,160 for the charity Hundred Families


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David from Digital Group is raising money for the Children's Cardi­ot­ho­racic Transplant Fund (part of the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) by running the Paris and New York Marathons this year. He’d never ran a marathon before so its been quite a challenge. He ran Paris in 3 Hours and 50 minutes which was his target. He’s aiming for under 3 hours 30 minutes for New York on the 3rd November. He’s run a total of 1100 miles so far this year.

‘My son had a heart transplant at age 2 in the Freeman, a place most of us stare at every day without thinking much about what’s going on inside. He has had world class care throughout his journey and he’s doing incredibly well at age 12. Sebby and I are both runners so this seemed like a fitting way to help out’ 

David has raised £880 so far.



DWP Digital UCFS Product Support Raised £143.75 MacMillan coffee Morning


Vickie of DWP Digital UCFS Product Support ran the Great North Run and raised £440 for MacMillan 

Alice of DWP Digital UCFS Product Support did the Great North Run and raised £405 for Breast Cancer Care 


Clare of DWP Digital UCFS Product Support did an individual 5km (200 lengths) swimathon and raised £400 for Cancer Research and Macmillan.

Alice and Clare of DWP Digital UCFS Product Support did the Race for Life with their children and raised £250 for Cancer Research

Gillian of DWP Digital UCFS Product Support did the Race for Life with some friends from MENCAP and raised £200 for Cancer Research 

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EO Support Portal Team at DWP Digital UCFS Product Support completed a Community 10,0000  at Rising Sun Farm



Michelle (and Archie) from Service, Planning and Optimisation took part in the Race For Life and raised £548 for cancer research


DWP Digital, Retirement Bereavement and Care had a Macmillan coffee morning and raised £210


Fraser from Tech Support took part in a charity boxing match raising £350 for Tiny Lives, as his good friend had a premature baby who needed serious post-natal care. They were brilliant with the family and got them through a very troubled time. It was a pleasure to work with them


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Sue and Lynda from Children, Retirement & Counter Fraud and 2 other friends completed the Hike Northum­berland for Macmillan in July.  Walking 26 miles from Alnwick Castle to Bambrough Castle.­  They raised £2,­200.­50.­  They also then took part in their yearly Macmillan coffee morning at the end of September raising a further £2,000.


Lindsey and colleagues from Cross Cutting Change and Efficiency Division held a Macmillan coffee morning raising £87.15. They also raised money for the Ellen Timney Foundation based in Stockton on Tees. They collected 3 boxes of toiletries and nightwear for children aged 0-18 years and raised £1132.61 by holding a One Million Step Challenge ( a competition within their Deputy Directorate of SDT)


Colleagues from DWP Finance and Banking Services ran a Marie Curie Bake Off event and raised £267.50.


DWP Change Group – hosted a Macmillan coffee morning raising a total of £514.44


Amy from Digital Group raised £170 for the 5K muddy challenge for Cancer Research and also raised £100 for Great North run again for Cancer Research.


Customer Intelligence & Digital (CID) charity team in Durham House Washington are a team of appro­ximately 90 people based on the 8th floor in Durham House,­ the charity team consists of 7 members who work to raise money within the area of CID

Charities this year have included the Shaw Trust which is a national enterprise providing progressive oppor­tuni­ties for young people with learning disabilities including autism.  The trust came to the attention of the team through the community 10K initiative which has seen a number of people take part in volunteering activities.

The most recent fund raiser was in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation which saw a full day of activities including raffles and a buffet raising a total of £726.00.

This year they have raised money for:

March 2019 - £181.68 for Comic Relief

May 2019 - £422.73 in support of Alzheimer’s Research

July 2019 - £397.26 for the Shaw Trust

October 2019 - £726.00 for the Bobby Robson Foundation

Total raised this year - £1,727.67

Since the team was set up in 2010 they have raised a grand total of £20,292.65 in aid of charity. 


Vanessa from Service Delivery Section held a Give a hand and bake morning for the Stroke association and raised a fabulous £333.92


Retirement Bereavement & Care Live Support donated the PALS bingo pot of £150 and the Christmas Card collection of £61 to Mission Christmas Cash for Kids


Financial Management & Planning Division raised £75.10 with a Christmas Tombola in aid of St Oswald’s Hospice


2019 Chocolate Orange Challenge - Team North East BPV & TVP

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who donated to this year’s 2019 Chocolate Orange Challenge. With your generous donations we have collected 2,533 chocolate oranges across DWP & HMRC sites BPV, TVP and WVP, delivering to the following good causes

Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Daft as a Brush (Freeman Hospital)

St Oswald's Hospice

Percy Hedley Foundation

Marie Curie Hospice

Alan Shearer Foundation

RVI ICU Ward 18

Carers Trust Rowlands Gill

Salvation Army

Maggies Freeman Hospital

RVI HDU Ward 38

Freeman Hospital ICU

Freeman Hospital HDU

The People's Kitchen

For more information on this wonderful challenge click here

And our grand total raised by members in 2019 is a magnificent