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A Bench with a View - enter our quick & easy competition and raise funds for Willow Burn Hospice

The Benchmark creative writing competition is a fundraising collaboration between Willow Burn Hospice and North East writer Rachel Cochrane.   It is inspired by Rachel’s latest online radio play Benchmark which in turn took its inspiration from the ‘In Loving Memory…’ plaques found on benches, usually situated in a place of beauty or of special significance to those commemorated.

This competition is to celebrate the living and will raise funds for Willow Burn Hospice.  It is open to all UK adults aged 18 years and over and can be expressed as prose or poetry. We are looking for heartfelt, genuine pieces, rather than for perfect grammar. There are even some some guidelines with hints and tips and a written example to get people started.

We have some fantastic judges including renowned author, Wendy Robertson from Bishop Auckland, Dr Philip Le Dune, General Practitioner with an interest in Terminal Care and Sue Spencer, Writer and Head of Clinical Services at Willow Burn Hospice.

First Prize: a solid Iroko Dalton 3 seater (1500cm) hardwood bench with personalised engraved plaque and delivery within the UK.  Sponsors: Faithful & Gould, Victory Signs and Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture.

Second prize: a Kindle donated by David Ridley

Third prize is a£30 book token donated by Rachel Cochrane.

Plus all winning entries will also be showcased in written form on

For further details and to enter the competition clickHERE