Umbrella Street has taken to the skies once again from May until October at Prince Bishops Place in support of well-loved County Durham based charity, St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
The canopy of umbrellas provides a colourful backdrop for visitors at Prince Bishops Place, with the opportunity to purchase personalised wooden tags to show your love, celebrate a special moment or to remember a loved one. The tags will be attached to each Umbrella proudly on display for all to see, brightening up even the cloudiest days, with all money raised to be donated to St Cuthbert’s Hospice.
The local Hospice provides free care and support for people with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, neurological conditions and dementia, and must raise in excess of £2 million each year to continue to support the individuals, families and communities in their care.
The Hospice has recently taken over the former Jones Bootmaker store along Prince Bishops Place with a temporary pop up shop, selling quality pre-loved goods such as clothes, books and household items. The shop is the latest addition to the charity’s already existing seven retail shops which includes a furniture and homeware outlet in County Durham.
Karen Stewart, In Memory and Legacy Coordinator at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, said: “We are thrilled to be part of this super display, so close to our new pop up shop. The personalised tags are such a lovely way to celebrate a special event or the memory of a loved one. Especially as this year they are marking such a historic event – the King’s Coronation. The donations made will really help us to make every day count for families in our care.”
Commemorating the momentous year, Umbrella Street has filled the skies with Union Jack umbrellas to honour the King’s Coronation. Umbrellas sporting Durham’s historic colours, purple and white, add an extra layer of royalty to the area.
For Paul Marriott, Chief Executive at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, the community spirit of Umbrella Street plays great importance. “It is very important to us here at the Hospice that we extend our care and support to those who are bereaved within our communities. I am extremely happy to see that the ways in which you can remember a loved one is extending out into our community, within Durham City Centre. Thank you all for your ongoing support.”
Prince Bishops Place Centre Manager, Richard Toynbee, said “Umbrella Street is a symbol to celebrate anything you desire, or to simply be enjoyed as you pass by. We’re delighted to this year be supporting St Cuthbert’s Hospice with the purchase of the personalised tags. All the proceeds going to the charity to provide care and support to thousands of individuals and their families.”
Elvet & Bailey will once again be creating the personalised tags that will fill Durham with cheer. They will be available to purchase in store from both Elvet & Bailey and St Cuthbert’s Hospice pop up shop for a £5 minimum donation.
Anna Taylor, Owner of Elvet & Bailey said: “We are delighted to be supporting St Cuthberts Hospice by once again producing these charity tags. Raising money for such a worthwhile cause while spreading joy and putting a smile on the faces of people when they see the umbrellas is what it’s all about.”
St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham, is a registered charity. Whilst some of the running costs are met by the NHS through local Commissioning Groups, a further £2 million pounds per year has to be raised by the hospice to run the services, with much of the money coming from local events and fundraising activities. St Cuthbert’s Hospice opened in 1988 and provides care for people with life limiting conditions, as well as giving support to their families.
The Living Well Centre offers day services each week day, such as physiotherapy, complementary therapies, advice on symptom control and social activities.
The In Patient Unit, which opened in 2006 following a public appeal, allows the Hospice to offer 24 hour care for people living in Durham, Chester le Street and the surrounding areas. There are 11 bedrooms which provide individualised care planned to support the total wellbeing of each person, taking into account their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. It provides holistic care for patients with life limiting illness.