We are Delighted to announce Melanie HIll as the new Hug in a Bag Patron.

Melanie HIll

A big thank you to Samuel Phillips for raising over £700 for Hug in a Bag .

Samuel Phillips

Westbourne Medical Centre Shiney Row entered a "Santa Selfie" competition run by Blackett Walker Medical Accountants. A HUGE thank you to them all for donating their winnings of £250 to Hug in a Bag.

Santa Selfie

It is great to announce that Vantec and Marks and Spencer Sunderland are having Hug in a Bag as their Charity of the Year. We look forward to working with them in the months ahead.

A BIG THANK YOU to all the staff at Komatsu Birtley for raising the amazing total of £15,400 for Hug in a Bag. We are eternally grateful for all your hard work this year.


Andrea Wilson & Denise Johnson raised £660.00 for Hug in a Bag doing a sponsored head shave.





NHS Trust chairman welcomes Hug in a Bag to County Durham

GUESTS including the chairman of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust gathered at Crook Hall in Durham to celebrate the launch of a heartwarming breast cancer charity in the county.
Trust Chairman Prof Paul Keane OBE joined former footballer Jimmy Montgomery – patron of Hug in a Bag – breast cancer patients and nurses, fundraisers, and Durham businesspeople for the charity event.
Hug in a Bag - set up by Eileen Richardson, Judith Wright and Sue McCoy – has delivered bags packed with useful information and luxury treats to more than 2,000 North East women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Their charity has been running in Sunderland for almost ten years, and is now spreading its good work to Durham and Darlington.
Prof Keane said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be at the launch. I first bumped into the Hug in a Bag ladies in a car park – and it was a wonderful chance meeting, because what their charity does is excellent and very much needed.
“I particularly like it because our hospital and community medical and nursing teams deal with the clinical side of breast cancer, but this kind of psychological support gives great encouragement and comfort.”
The registered charity’s slogan is: “Help, Understanding – and Glamour – giving an extra hug to those affected by breast cancer.”
Patron Jimmy Montgomery said: “When I was asked to give my support to Hug in a Bag, I had no hesitation. My wife Joy has had breast cancer and got through it, but when she had radiotherapy there was nothing like this to give her a boost.
“It’s fantastic that they are bringing it to County Durham.”
Among the guests at Crook Hall in Durham city were Andrea Wilson of Chester-le-Street, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer herself. She and her sister are shaving their heads to raise up to £1,000 for the charity.
She said: “I wanted to do something to help - when I received my Hug in a Bag, it really made a big difference to me.”
Each Hug in a Bag gift is worth around £60, and includes a heart-shaped cushion, a soothing scented candle, a pashmina wrap and luxury toiletries.
Hug in a Bag is now hoping that as well as local people providing support, local businesses will get on board to provide funding and sponsor the charity.
Eileen Richardson thanked Maggie and Keith Bell, owners of Crook Hall, for providing the venue for the celebration, and said: “Any donations at all are really gratefully accepted – the bags help people to feel a little bit better at a truly tough time in their lives.”
Alison Gittins, chief executive of Durham Business Club, also attended the event.
br> She said: “Our members support a number of charities, but we’ll certainly be spreading the word about Hug in a Bag. Everyone’s life is touched by breast cancer in some way, and this is a genuinely lovely way to make a small difference.”

For more information about Hug in a Bag, visit,
email or ring Judith on 0777 630 6559.

Hug in a Bag

At the Crook Hall, Durham, launch of Hug in a Bag are (front, from left) charity founders Eileen Richardson, Sue McCoy and Judith Wright, and (back, from left) Macmillan breast cancer nurse Louise Hunter, charity patron Jimmy Montgomery and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Chairman Prof Paul Keane OBE.


A big thank you to everyone who attended the Hug in a Bag Winter Ball at the Stadium of Light