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Hazel Thompson from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne was determined that her Coffee Morning would be a success and she was able to raise £1000 with the help from family and friends.

Hazel decided to raise funds for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – the UK’s largest charitable provider of essential equipment to meet the specialist needs of children with disabilities and terminal illness – as they had helped her granddaughter Imogen Norton, who has a rare condition, by providing her with a specialist bed.

Hazel said: “I decided to have a coffee morning to raise funds for Newlife as they have been such a great support to my granddaughter Imogen. I thought this would be a wonderful way to give back to Newlife supporting other children in need like Imogen.

The event was packed full of stalls for all to enjoy including homemade goodies, a book stall, raffle and tombola stands. Hazel contacted local businesses and was able to get some fabulous prizes donated, the local hairdresser donated a cut and blow dry, Tyneside Cinema donated tickets and gift cards from Fenwick’s and Tesco’s to name just a few.

“I was amazed at the response I received, suddenly everyone wanted to help in any way they could. Lots of people baked and donated items for the raffle and tombola it was a lovely day with a great turn out.” added Hazel

The Coffee Morning was held in Hazel’s back garden and was not only supported by her friends and family, but even neighbours who she had never met before showed their support. Hazel put up signs inviting in people who passed by and found that a few did take part and join in with the fun.

Newlife Foundation sent jewellery and handmade cards which went down really well with the locals. The raffle alone raised £350 with the Tombola raising £100 it’s safe to say the Coffee Morning turned out to be a huge success. Hazel’s Slimming World class added to the funds by selling raffle tickets and she sold the left over baked goods at the Holy Cross Church where she raised £110 to add to the total amount.

Hazel also said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity of people who have supported me, not just by donating but also offering their valuable time. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Newlife has provided 145 Equipment Grants totalling £ 170,646 for disabled and terminally ill children in Tyne and Wear. However, the charity is currently working with a further eight families in the county to secure equipment totalling £6,929.

Keleigh Thompson the Midlands Regional Fundraising & Awareness Manager said: “Hazel has been a true inspiration as she went all out to put on a successful event to raise vital funds for Newlife. £1,000 is a fantastic amount to raise from one event and I can’t thank Hazel and her family enough for all their support and hard work. Together we really can make a significant difference to the lives of disabled and terminally ill children. Thank you…” Newlife has a dedicated Newlife Tyne and Wear Fund –– it gives local people the chance to help local disabled children and every penny donated or fundraised in Tyne and Wear is guaranteed to support families in the county. The Newlife Community Fundraising Team can be contacted on freephone 0800 988 4640 or email

Pictured (L to R): Bill East, Val Sparke, Lisa Sparke and Hazel Thompson.