Gurpreet completes the Yorkshire 3 peaks in aid of St Cuthberts Hospice

Our Chief Executive Gurpreet completed the Yorkshire 3 peaks raising vital funds for St Cuthberts Hospice.

The Yorkshire 3 peaks involves climbing the 3 peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-ghent with an assent of over 5,000 sq feet and a total distance of 38.5km. Gurpreet, alongside his wife completed the challenge in a very respectable time of just over 11 hours.  With Durham Group matching donations made, Gurpreet was able to raise enough funds to cover the costs of the St Cuthberts Hospice operation for the day.

Commenting on the challenge Gurpreet said “I chose to do the challenge in May thinking that the weather would be kind to us.  I was wrong, it was a very wet and windy day which made the conditions even more challenging. Whilst very difficult, doing the challenge was a fantastic experience and as much of a metal challenge as a physical one.  Having been so well supported by friends and colleagues and knowing I was raising vital funds for St Cuthberts Hospice really helped provide the extra motivation very much needed on the day”.

We look forward to seeing what challenge Gurpreet takes on next!

Beamish Museum unveils a new minibus to transport groups accessing health and wellbeing activities with support from Durham Group.

The County Durham open air museum provides award-winning activities for people living with dementia and other long-term health conditions in Clover Cottage, a dedicated space for the museum’s health and wellbeing work.

The Health and Wellbeing Team moved to Clover Cottage in The 1950s Town last year, allowing it to expand its programme of activities.  Many group participants have limited walking ability, and some are wheelchair users, so the team identified the need for dedicated wheelchair accessible minibus to transport participants to the cottage to access the sessions.

Local businesses Durham Group, Newcastle Building Society, Stanley Travel, Stephenson Mohl and Ward Hadaway kindly stepped in to help sponsor the much-needed minibus.

Michelle Kindleysides, Head of Health and Wellbeing at the museum, said: “We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their generosity in supporting us with our accessible minibus. It’s going to make a huge difference to our participants and our groups, meaning that we can meet people as soon as they arrive and can support people to get to Clover Cottage easily, reducing any worries that people might have when they arrive.

“We have this amazing new space here at Clover Cottage, but being in the middle of the museum does make it trickier for the majority of our participants to get to us quickly and easily, especially during times when the museum is busy. The mini bus is perfect for what we need!”

The museum’s Partnerships Team arranged sponsorship from local businesses who were keen to support the cause and their business logos are featured on the side of the bus.

Gurpreet Jagpal, Chief Executive, Durham Group, said: “Beamish Museum is a valuable asset and destination for us all in the North East. Making it accessible to as many people as possible is very important and therefore we were delighted to support the funding of this minibus.

“The Beamish Health and Wellbeing Team delivers such an important service to residents across the North East and the combination of Clover Cottage and this minibus will help them deliver more services to more people!”

Durham Group supports Hospice fundraiser by doubling donations

St Cuthberts Hospice launched a Power Up campaign aiming to raise £100,000 which is the impact of cost inflation (primarily increased utilities costs) on the hospice in the current financial year.

Durham Group were delighted to support alongside other local businesses, by doubling donations made by the general public.

Kay Carrick, St Cuthberts Hospice development team leader commented “We have been blown away by the support shown by our local community, through their fundraising efforts and the many, many kind words and comments shared with us about their experiences of Hospice care during the campaign. The fact that these donations were doubled by businesses like Durham Group Estates is amazing and ensures that our staffing team can continue to deliver care in our community”.

Poverty Hurts County Durham 2023 - donations by Durham Group Estates

Durham Group supports local charities with vital community fundraisings this Christmas

Durham Group are pleased to be supporting a number of community fundraisings in County Durham. The cost-of-living crisis is at the top of the nation’s economic agenda and a number of charities have been severely impacted by high inflation and the increased energy cost.

Examples of projects supported include the Poverty Hurts Appeal which has been launched by County Durham Community Foundation (“CDCF”) to raise £1million in response to the cost-of-living crisis and St Cuthberts Hospice through the provision of Christmas presents and pampering packs to patients. 

CDCF lead by Dr Michelle Cooper has raised over £56m to support communities over the last 27 years and the Poverty Hurts Appeal coincides with the latest statistics showing that more than one-third of children in the North East now live below the poverty line.

Chief executive, Gurpreet Singh Jagpal, said: “I heard about the Poverty Hurts Appeal through Durham Business Club and wanted to support it straight away.

“I’ve grown up in the region, studied and lived in this county, and it’s very distressing to see many families struggling. This is our way, as a local business, of being part of the solution by taking action and backing the community projects that are helping people of all ages stay warm and well this winter and beyond.”