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Here you’ll find a selection of news and stories reflecting the activities and events happening within SJOG.

Goodbye Fred - you'll be missed

SJOG’s service, Lindisfarne Court in Darlington, has lost a long-standing resident of the home – Fred (Freddie) Nicholson.  Fred had been at Lindisfarne since it opened 28 years ago, in 1992.  He will be missed massively.  Fred was 86 and had been poorly for just a few days.  He knew that he was on end of life care and his wish was to be at home at Lindisfarne to be with his SJOG family.  The team made every effort to carry out his wish but alas Fred was too weak to come home. He had time with the people who had supported him for so many years at SJOG, together with his sister, and was in peace as he passed.

Fred’s death was not Covid-19 related, but strict visitor restrictions due to the virus were in place throughout the hospital meaning not all of the staff team were able to see Fred during his final days in person but managed to do so using FaceTime.  The outpouring of love from everyone at Lindisfarne was very evident and we are sure that Fred knew how much he meant to the entire team and all the other residents who he shared his home with.

Fred loved daffodils and in his memory, Lindisfarne was duly decorated with daffodil art in honour of him.

Rest in peace Fred.

Donation Funds Remote Assistance Model

People who are street homelessness and victims of modern day slavery have been particularly affected by the implications of Covid-19. 

To meet their needs during this time of social distancing - and help them move on to more stable independent living - we’ve had to think differently about how we provide support, and thanks to funding provided from the City Bridge Trust (part of the London Funders Network) we are now delivering our innovative ‘Remote Assistance Model’.

RAM will see the introduction of tablets and other items of everyday technology to our London-based safe houses, allowing us to keep in touch with each person we support, face to face, but remotely. The quality of support is maintained but the risk of infection to the people we support, and our colleagues providing the support is reduced. 

This further step into digital health provision, and the use of secure videoconferencing with partner organisations, including the NHS, will also enable us to continue to support people with the treatment of their infectious diseases like TB. 

We think this is an exciting step, and will be closely monitoring the impact of this new approach on both the outcomes of the people we support and the operational benefit it brings, with an aim of replicating this model across the country.  

#ClapforCarers at SJOG’s Service in Leyburn

Last night (Thurs 30 Apr) the local fire brigade in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, arrived at Brentwood our supported living service, to clap for carers. Well done and thank you to everyone across our services and to all key workers across the country.

Alex and Brendon make headlines in the Telegraph & Argus

Not only have Alex and Brendon been raising money as part of the 2.6 Challenge they have also been making headlines and appeared in the Telegraph and Argus today [Tuesday 28 April].  Article reproduced below courtesy of Tim Quantrill, Chief Reporter of the Telegraph & Argus:


Bradford people have been pulling out all the stops to help raise funds for charity in their own 2.6 challenges.

There are many events taking place as part of the 2.6 Challenge to raise vital funds to help to support the UK’s charities in these difficult times. Events are taking place to replace what would have been the London Marathon last Sunday, April 26. The activities had to be based around the number 26 or 2.6 - the former is the length of the marathon in miles.

Among those taking part were service clients of Bradford Supported Living with Saint John of God (SJOG) based in Clayton, Bradford. SJOG is a charity who supports adults with physical and learning disabilities to live as independently as possible in the community.

Their aim is to wash 26 cars in six days and raise at least £260.

Service manager Michella Sunderland said: "We have two tenants that live at the home who are completing this with the help of staff.

"We are going to be doing this daily until next Saturday. If we reach the 26 car limit and there are still cars that need washing we will wash them to help raise as much money as we can for SJOG who are a registered charity."

They had raised £122 by washing cars on the first two days and Michella added: "It's going really well. It's keeping people busy and motivated.”

Online article at: www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/18408866.bradford-fundraisers-step-2-6-challenges/

Alex and Brendon take up the 2.6 Challenge!

Alex and Brendon of SJOG’s Bradford Supported Living have come up with a great initiative to be part of the 2.6 Challenge!  They are going to wash 26 cars over 7 days - Sunday 26 April to Saturday 2 May from their home at Oakleigh Road in Bradford.  

People are invited to book a slot by calling 01274 889079 or 07950 840956.  And to keep everyone safe they can leave their car safely on the drive and watch from the wall of the garden or leave their car and return in 30 minutes - to find a shiny clean car on their return.

There will be a donation bucket on the drive or people can give via SJOG’s Just Giving page at:  https://www.justgiving.com/saintjohnofgod

More information can be found at: www.sjog.uk/twopointsix

Taking on the 2.6 Challenge

The 2.6 Challenge is a UK-wide fundraising event taking place from 26 April 2020.   This date should have been the London Marathon, one of the world's biggest one-day annual fundraising events. The 2.6 challenge is designed to help charities continue being there for the people and causes they exist for, by doing something fun and creative in a socially responsible way.


No matter your age, ability or talents there are so many ways to get involved:

  • Set yourself an activity based around the number 2.6 or 26*
  • Head to twopointsixchallenge.co.uk to donate £26 – or whatever you can afford ­– to Saint John of God Hospitaller Services or to set up your own JustGiving fundraising page
  • Share a photo or video of your challenge on social media with #TwoPointSixChallenge and tag SJOG so we can celebrate too!

*The only requirement is that you must follow Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing.

For more information to to: www.sjog.uk/twopointsix

Please support SJOG and help us to meet more need: more people who are homeless, more people who have been trafficked or victims of modern day slavery, more older communities and more people with physical and learning disabilities.  We are ambitious to be of more help to more people. Please support us.

Thank you.

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