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Zoe’s Baby Hospice

The entry for the Motorcycle Santa Ride in aid of Zoe’s Baby Hospice which takes place on Saturday 28th November 2015 will close on Friday 23rd October 2015. Due to an unprecedented demand the closing date has had to be brought forward by a month as our allocation of 160 motorbikes has been reached.

Went through to the Hospice today and took a few pictures to promote our new event which starts in January 2016.


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As patrons of Zoë’s Baby Hospice the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group are always looking at ways they can help out with the day to day running of the unit.
At a recent meeting with members of the Hospice, Brian Laverick a retired Police Officer and founder of the motorcycle Group established that there was a need for a particular piece of equipment that would help enhance the care and comfort of the babies.
This was a ‘portable suction unit’ and with accessories costed out, at six hundred pounds.
The equipment is portable and can travel with the babies when they are away from the hospice. Previously this type of equipment relied on mains electricity and restricted the use solely to the hospice.
Brian liaised with the Groups Chairman retired Fire-fighter Paul Joyce and the money for the purchase of the equipment was made available.
Brian Laverick said, ‘Our members work tirelessly at raising money for our two charities the Great North Air Ambulance and Zoë’s Baby Hospice. This piece of equipment was needed by the hospice, we had the money and it is really satisfying that all our hard work and effort does materialise into purchases such as this’.
Clare Garbutt ‘Deputy Head of Nursing’ at the Hospice said, ‘We are so grateful to the members of the Boundary 500. They raise a tremendous amount of money for us and yet again they have come up trumps. The equipment will enhance the care and comfort of our babies and that is priceless’.  Paul Joyce is seen here handing the cheque to Clare Garbutt.








As everyone will recall at the later half of last year Zoes Baby Hospice had to close owing to flooding issues when a fault developed in one of the roof water tanks.

The closing of the hospice meant that it not only affected the care of the babies but impacted on the carers as well. The logistics of the Hospice closing had a knock on effect on all those involved.

On being told of the sad news by Rachael I spoke to Paul our chairman and immediately went down to the Hospice and handed over a cheque for £500 from the Boundary.

This money was given on the understanding that it did not get swallowed up in the repair costs, but instead it had to be put aside for the time when the Hospice was up and running and a party could be held for the babies and carers and all the staff.

Thankfully following on from our very successful Sata Ride we had recently handed over in excess of twenty nine thousand pounds which was a real boost to the Hospice.

On Thursday 10th April 2014 the Hospice held the Boundary Party as promised. Lots of babies, carers, staff, family and friends turned up. There was lots of food and entertainment from for the Children. A wonderful time was had by all and they have asked me to pass on their thanks for your wonderful support without which life would be so much harder.

Its occasions like this when the work we do, really is put into focus and I feel so proud of all your efforts.

Seeing as it was a party it would be rude not to give a present. Paul and I discussed a number of things regarding the Hospice and we decided on your behalf to donate £600 from our funds to the Hospice.

We have asked Michelle who is in charge of nursing to speak with her staff and see what piece of equipment we could buy to the value stated which would improve the quality of life for the babies and help the staff maintain the high degree of care that is given..

The staff and the kiddies have produced a banner for the Boundary 500 as a special thank you. They have also provided an album which I will bring along on a Tuesday for everyone to see.

I have uploaded some photos the the web site gallery at

Also a big thanks to Juice who donated fifty Easter eggs to the staff and helpers at the Hospice


The bucket collection we held at Asda Superstore on Saturday 14th December 2013 in aid of Zoe’s Baby Hospice raised an amazing £504.17p. Many thanks to all those that made it possible.

A big thank you to the people from our Group who turned up at Asda Skelton today 14th December 2013 to collect money for Zoe’s Baby Hospice. Without your excellent efforts we could not achieve what we do. As soon as we get the amount we collected sorted, will post details here.










Curly and Jo and other members of the Group will be in Thornaby Town Centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 7th December 2014 to raise some much needed cash for Zoe’s Baby Hospice. For all those that turn up to help and you are wearing fancy dress, then pop into Cafe Sphere where Helen and the girls will only charge you £3 for a bacon bun and a hot cuppa. Even if you can only spare half and hour please go along to help.

This is a picture of Curly and Jo dressed as snowmen on the Santa Ride. We wonder what the latest costumes will be.

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The bucket collection at Thornaby Town Centre today, raised an incredible £541.09p for Zoe’s Baby Hospice. Excellent effort guys and many thanks to the people of Thornaby.

A big thank you to members of the Group, Curly, Jo, Juice, Bam Bam, Jules and Rodger for giving up their day off to collect money for Zoe’s Baby Hospice. Fantastic Effort guys. Here are just a couple of photos.






Everyone connected with the Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group will know how hard Gill works in raising funds for our two nominated charities. Gill has been hard at work again and this time she managed to persuade Asda Stores at Thornaby to allow Zoe’s Baby Hospice to be one of the three nominated charities where shoppers place plastic tokens and the one with the most tokens is the winner. We are all pleased that Zoes came second and a result of which Asda have donated a cheque for £50 to Zoe’s Baby Hospice. I also understand that the staff at Asda volunteered to help with any cleaning at the Hospice following the recent flood damage. Big thanks to Gill and Asda.



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