Light up a Life this Christmas

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“I was dreading the first Christmas without Pam. After 45 years together I knew it was going to be difficult.”

These are the words of Pat Johnston who was facing Christmas alone for the first time following the death of Pam, his wife of 45 years. He found that our Light up Life remembrance service was the perfect way to remember her.

“I knew it was going to be emotional but I hadn’t expected to feel it quite so intensely in the church. What was quite wonderful and totally unexpected though, was that I felt someone’s hand over mine. The stranger next to me understood exactly how I was feeling and that support and sense of shared understanding was so welcome. At the end of the service another stranger came up to me quite out of the blue and said that I looked like I could do with a hug, and they hugged me there and then. I didn’t get their name and I’ve never seen them since that day but that small gesture of support and understanding was truly wonderful. Being part of a shared community of others who were all at the service for similar reasons was a huge comfort.”

Pat has been donating to Light up a Life in Pam’s memory and has attended Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Light up a Life service in Hexham every year since she died.

Light up a Life

If, like Pat, you would like to remember your loved one this Christmas time Tynedale Hospice at Home invites you to join us in this time of remembrance by taking part in Light up a Life.

 

Here’s how you can get involved:

By dedicating a light
Remember someone special by making a donation to our Hospice. In return, you will receive a card with your loved one’s name inside and a memory star to write your own message on. This can be brought to one of our three dedicated Light up a Life services or it can be used to hang on your own Christmas tree at home. Every donation will represent a light on our Christmas tree which will be switched on at each of the services. Your donation will change lives, ensuring we can continue to provide our palliative nursing care to people in their own homes, our Family Support and Hospital Transport Service to people that need them.

To make a donation email: fundraising@tynedalehospice.com

By attending one of our remembrance services
We are hosting three special Light up a Life Services where you can light a candle in memory of those that you treasure.
Our services are family-friendly and open to all faiths. They will include hymns, a readings, prayers and time for quiet reflection. These services are open to anyone whether or not you have made a donation to Light up a Life – and you don’t have to have been touched by our Hospice care to attend.

The Light up a Life services are taking place at:

Prudhoe Methodist Church – Saturday, 25 November at 4pm
St Mary’s Church, Ponteland – Sunday, 26 November at 4pm
Hexham Abbey – Saturday, 2 December at 3pm

To find out more about Light up a Life, please call the Fundraising team on 01434 606 444 or visit our website.

Let us entertain you!

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We’re delighted to be welcoming The Berwick Male Voice Choir to Trinity Church in Hexham on Friday, 27 October where they’ll be hosting a concert in support of our Hospice.

The choir boast a 50 year old history which all began with three men innocently having a drink and a sing in the bar of the King’s Arms Hotel Berwick-upon-Tweed.  One supposes it was quite usual to sing in those days as any entertainment was often a DIY job. The ‘boys’ were asked to sing quietly because the noise could be disturbing the residents in the rooms above.  Luckily for them though, the singing proved popular and the seeds of the choir were sown.

Fast forward to today and their concerts have become a popular feature in the Berwick area and beyond including at Carlisle, York and Pitlochry.

Led by conductor Robin Cheer, a former Band Sergeant Major in the Royal Artillery Alanbrooke Band and accompanied at the piano by wife Isabel, former Director of Music and now Senior Teacher Pastoral at Longridge Towers School, Berwick-upon-Tweed, this musical extravaganza promises to be a feast for the ears.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are priced at £6.50.  They can be bought from our charity and book shop on Battle Hill in Hexham or by calling Cathy on 01434 606 444.

Flying high at 80!

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We’re constantly in awe of the lengths some people will go to support our Hospice – and Alison Ross, one of our volunteers, is an amazing example of someone who goes that extra mile.

She turned 80 last month and instead of putting her feet up with a cuppa or having a party, she celebrated by taking to the high ropes at Go Ape in Matfen on Saturday, 16 September – and has raised £4,000 for Tynedale Hospice at Home!

The daring challenge saw her navigate a high rope obstacle course, zip along a zip wire and leap off Tarzan Swings.

She’s no stranger to incredible fundraising feats and has a long tradition of celebrating her milestone birthdays in impressive style – at 70 she swum a mile and raised £2,000, and when she turned 75 she zipped wired across the River Tyne raising £6,000 – all for Tynedale Hospice at Home. Over the years she’s raised in excess of £22,000 for the Hospice through her famous cake and bake sales and daring fundraisers.

Alison said: “I know many people who have used the Hospice’s services.  They make a huge difference to patients and their families, providing amazing care at what can be an extremely difficult time.  I can’t think of a better reason to put myself through these challenges.  Knowing I am supporting a charity close to my heart is all the motivation I need.”

If ever there was proof that age is just a number – Alison is a shining example and we can’t thank her enough.

You can still sponsor her challenge at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alison-ross80

Junior Great North Runners step up to the Mark!

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We had a brilliant day with our 50 Junior Great North Runners who joined us on the NewcastleGateshead quayside in this year’s Junior Great North Run on Saturday, 9 September. They have helped raised an incredible £5,000 thanks to their amazing efforts. Here are some of the photos from the day. They are true superstars and we can’t thank them enough.

Our 2017 Great North Runners!

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Will you be a star baker as our ‘Big Bake’ launches?

Who needs a new series of the Great British Bake Off when our very own annual fundraising campaign, The Big Tynedale Bake, is back – even bigger than last year and hoping to raise lots of ‘dough’ to support our services.

Great North Run Trio step out for the Hospice

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Haydon Bridge woman Derrien Turrell is taking part in her first Great North Run in memory of her husband and is calling on others to dust off their running shoes and sign up to one of the world’s most iconic running races in support of Tynedale Hospice at Home.