About us

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HUG in a Bag is a charity that was started in Sunderland in October 2006 and was opened in Blackpool in 2012.
Our aim is to give one more hug in the form of a bag containing gifts and information leaflets to every person diagnosed with breast cancer in University Hospital of North Durham and Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Durham and Blackpool are now separate charities, however we still work closely together to support each other.


You can sponsor a bag or donate raffle prizes. You also give your support by coming along to and event or sponsor a person completing a challenge. Check the news and events section, the individual pages for the Localgiving links or get in touch for more information. Each Hug in a Bag contains £60 of products.


You can also support Hug in a Bag by raising money completing a challange, taking part in an organised event, organise an office cake sale, Running, Jumping, Zip Wiring, Leg Waxing or anything else you may think of.

Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

From Left to right: Gordon, Jimi, Mike, Nicola, Katherine, Emma and Emma

What's in the Bag

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Bag Contents for Both Men and Women
Usful Information and Contacts, Hugo Bear, Scarf, Hessian Bag, Note Pad, Pen, Bubble Bath, Sponge, Candle, Soap and Cards

Extra Contents for Women
Cushion, Body Oil, Foot Lotion, Lip Balm, Nail Varnish, Bronzer, Mirror and Nail File

Extra Contents for Men
Shaving Brush, Shaving Cream, Travel Bag and Shower Brush


Events & Fundraising

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We are taking part in a fundraising bag pack along with the Special Lioness on behalf of the Sunderland Mayors Charity at Washington Sainsbury's on 9th April.

Current Fundrasers

Suzy Vaughan is kindly completing the Northumberland Coastal Challenge.
A 26 mile walk along the fantastic Northumberland Coastline.
Support Suzy here: Suzy's Journey

Chris O'Neil is kindly taking part in the Great North Run.
A 13.1 mile run, jog and walk from Newcaslte to South Shields.
Support Chris here: Chris's GNR 2022

Donations and Support

We have kindly recieved a voucher from Experience Days to add to our raffle prizes.
Click here for more information Experience Days Charity Scheme.

Thanks to Mr Thompson who asked friends and family to donate to us instead of buying gifts for her their wedding aniversary, she raised £200.

Thanks To Emma Walton who donated her winnings from her works lottery.

Thanks to Ms Thompson who donted £120.

We recieved £400 from PayPal from various fundraising activities.

Thanks to North East Ladies Day for raising £1200 for us.

Tolent Homes have kindly donated £2400 to support us.

Thanks to The Court Baede Masonic Order donation of £500 to support us.

We are proud to be supported by Durham University Charities Kommittee this year.
Click here for informatio on DUCK

If anyone would like to donate a raffle prize for one of our fundraising events,
please contact Emma at enquiries@huginabag.com.
or send it to Hug in a Bag, Kepier Hall, Church Street, Houghton Le Spring, Durham, DH4 4DN.

Thank you, Any support is greatly appreciated.
Hug in a Bag.


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Emma was recently interviewed on Radio Tees by Amy Oakden.
You can listen to the interview below.

Jimi had a Lovely afternoon at The North East Land Sea & Air Museum, for afternoon tea yesterday with The Special Lioness and The Mayor and Mayoress of Sunderland. Thank you again for choosing to support us this year.
More information on the Special Lioness here.

The North East Land Sea & Air Museum,

We are absolutely delighted, proud and humbled to be chosen as one of the Mayors Charities for 2021 along with the Special Lioness.
We look forward to working and attending events together.

Ways to contact us

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To discuss other ways of sponsorship and support for Hug in a Bag
Please contact us:
Email: enquiries@huginabag.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/huginabag
Local Giving: https://localgiving.org/charity/huginabag
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hug_inabag/
Registered Charity Number: 1154694