Celebrate the Joy of Giving this Christmas

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In case you hadn’t noticed, many charities love a challenge and here at Tynedale Hospice at Home we are the first to admit that we do too!

We’re inviting people to take part in our Joy of Giving Challenge by encouraging people to drop into our shops on Battle Hill in Hexham or Merton Road in Ponteland to see if you can get all  your Christmas presents for under £20!

Our shops are an Aladdin’s cave of treasures packed with clothes, books, toys, home wares and jewellery – and all at incredible prices. Our fabulous volunteers will be on hand to welcome you and help you with your choices.

Go on… take on the challenge and make a difference to the lives of local people who use our services.

A stitch in time raises cash for our Hospice

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The creative talents of staff from Hexham-based company Dipsticks Research is helping to raise valuable funds for our Hospice.

Self-taught knitters Alison Pringle, operations manager, and Karen Dodd, deputy operations manager, are knitting prolifically in a bid to meet a Christmas rush of orders for some cute and cuddly knitted toys which they are selling in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home as part of the company’s pledge to raise vital funds through Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Business Ambassador scheme.

Dipsticks signed up to the Hospice’s Business Ambassador scheme earlier this year and so far have already raised over £1,000 through various fundraising activities. Thanks to their support they are helping to ensure that the services provided by Tynedale Hospice at Home are there for people who need them.

There are a range of different levels of Business Ambassador membership from as little as £35 per year, which includes a pledge to display one of the Hospice’s collection cans and encouraging staff to fund raise for the Hospice. In exchange, the Hospice will offer fundraising advice and support and businesses will receive a free listing on the Hospice’s website.

Since becoming a Business Ambassador Dipsticks Research has had a bake sale, sold raffle tickets, and hosted a Christmas hamper. They have also been selling their knitted toys to staff and their families in the run up to Christmas.

Alison Pringle said: “We are delighted to be a Business Ambassador for Tynedale Hospice at Home. Most people know someone who have experienced a life-limiting illness and we are so lucky to have a charity like the Hospice on our doorstep that can make such a difference to people who need its services.

“One of the appeals of the Business Ambassador Scheme is that you aren’t committed to fundraising in one particular way. We can pick and choose the different activities we want to get involved with and that we think staff will support.

“As we’re a local business in the heart of the Hexham community being able to support a charity that serves the local community is important to us and Tynedale Hospice at Home really does sit in the heart of our community, and makes such a difference to the lives of local people.”

Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Business Ambassador Scheme is open to businesses of all sizes who are passionate about making a difference in the community in which they work. Businesses can sign up for as little as £35 a year and includes:

• A listing for your business on Tynedale Hospice at Home’s website
• A fundraising pack and fundraising support to make the most of fundraising opportunities
• A collection can for your business premises
• Tynedale Hospice at Home will help you introduce Payroll Giving for your staff if they would like to donate regularly.

To find out more about becoming a Business Ambassador call our Fundraising team on 01434 606 444.

Sharing knowledge on a national stage

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Tynedale Hospice at Home will be showcasing its innovative approach to learning and development and audit when Senior Nurses Sylvia Ritson and Sandie Faircloth, attend Hospice UK’s national conference in Liverpool next week (22-24 November). 

Hospice UK conference 2017 is the flagship event for the hospice and palliative care community and for those interested in Leading, Learning and Innovating.

They’ve been invited to display a poster ‘Tynedale Hospice at Home: Coming of Age’.  It will reflect the progress the Hospice has made in promoting training and development and auditing our quality of care in the Leading, Learning and Innovating category.

 

 

Sandie said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been invited to share our poster which reflects how far Tynedale Hospice at Home has come over the years.  The poster will be seen by a wide range of services and professionals attending the national event and we’ll have the opportunity to share ideas and best practice with others in the Hospice sector.  It’s a brilliant opportunity and we’re delighted to be involved.”

Pair aim high in charity challenge

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‘Dream big and dare to fail’ is a well-used phrase, but for two of our incredible supporters failing isn’t an option as they embark on a challenge of a lifetime in a bid to raise thousands for our Hospice.

Sue Bell and Diana Gilbertson are making final preparations before they set off on a trek to Nepal (11-22 November) which will take them to altitudes of 3,400 metres.  Their epic adventure will culminate in two days of volunteering at a Hospice in Kathmandu.

Diana, who works on the family farm and helps in the family timber haulage business, is taking on the challenge in memory of her mum Gillian who sadly died in November 2013 at home surrounded by her family.   Gillian received nursing care from us.

She said: “When mum was ill and was told she only had a short time left to live she knew she didn’t want to die in hospital. She really wanted to come home and be among family and friends in familiar surroundings.

“She still needed specialist care though, but the fact that we are so rural made it hard to find the right support.  It was the hospital that put us in touch with the Hospice.  I had never heard of them before that but I’m so glad we found out about its services.  Within weeks of the initial referral the wonderful hospice nurses were providing overnight support whilst we got some much needed rest.  They were extremely supportive, compassionate and professional, and it was only because of their help that we were able to fulfil Mum’s wish to die at home.  Their support made it easier for us all.

“When I heard about the Nepal Trek I knew it would be fantastic way to do something in mum’s memory.  It was beyond my wildest dreams that I would take part in something like this.   I can’t pretend it will be easy as I’ve never done anything like this before, and I’ll need to train hard.  The most important thing though, is that it will enable me to give something back to the Hospice.  Being able to raise funds which allow other families to benefit from this amazing care will mean so much to me.”

For Sue, taking part in a trek had always had been on her ‘Life List’ of things to achieve and when she heard about the opportunity to go to Nepal she knew she had to go. “Tynedale Hospice at Home is a local charity that’s close to my heart.  I am aware from personal experience how much it helps with terminal illness and supporting people experiencing bereavement.   This trek captured my imagination as it’s a great way to achieve a personal goal but also it will enable me to give something back to my community.”

We can’t thank Sue and Diana enough for taking on this amazing challenge.

Good luck from us all at Tyndale Hospice at Home!

 

 

Slaley Christmas Shopping Evening

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With Christmas just seven weeks away, the perfect opportunity to get ahead with your Christmas shopping awaits! A special shopping evening showcasing Christmas cards, hand knits, jewellery, handmade gifts and embroidery promises an Aladdin’s cave of choice at Slaley Village Hall on Thursday, 16 November, 7-9pm. For just a small entry fee of £5, you also get a glass of wine and nibbles to keep you going whilst you make those all important present choices.

The event is in support of Tynedale Hospice at Home and tickets can be bought in advance from Christine on 01434 673 592 or Diana on 01434 673 256 – or just turn up on the door!

Our Winter raffle has launched!

For just £1 a ticket you could be in with a chance of winning some fabulous prizes in our Winter raffle which has just launched.

  • First prize is an overnight stay for two at the Beaumont Hotel in Hexham, with dinner and breakfast and a bottle of prosecco
  • Second prize is an overnight stay for two at Matfen Hall in Northumberland, with breakfast, afternoon tea and a four ball of golf
  • Third prize is a wonderful spa day for two at Matfen Hall, including lunch and a taster treatment each

Over the years hundreds of people have helped to make a lasting difference to the lives of families in our local community and this year is no different – we’re hoping to raise over £5,000 through this year’s raffle.

Join us and help us make a difference in our community. The draw will take place on Wednesday, 13 December.

To buy your tickets, call the Fundraising team on 01434 606 444.

 

Autumn Newslink out now!

The Autumn edition of Newslink, our supporters’ newsletter, will be hitting the doormats from today.  In this packed issue we hear about how teenager Connor is keeping treasured memories of his ‘Granda’ alive with help from our Family Support Service; we meet Lee Coleman, one of our new trustees and celebrate Team Tynedale’s Great North Run success.

You can catch up with the news here.

Happy reading!

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.

We’re celebrating Team Hospice this Hospice Care Week

It’s Hospice Care Week all this week (9-15 October) and we’d love you to get involved!  Each year we join Hospice UK and other local hospices for a week of celebration and action. It’s a chance for us to reflect on the difference hospice care makes to people’s lives and to thank everyone involved in making it possible.

The theme this year is ‘We are hospice care’ and we will be using the week to shine a spotlight on the amazing individuals helping us to provide expert, compassionate and free care to people with terminal or life-shortening illnesses.

From our nursing care staff, our volunteers, our trustees and our supporters, we couldn’t provide the vital, compassionate care we do without their expertise and dedication – and your support.

Please support Hospice Care Week by:

  • Getting in touch about volunteering with us by calling our main office on 01434 600 388
  • Making a donation. Every pound donated makes a different to providing our vital care – a £20 donation will provide one hour of palliative nursing care to someone who needs it in a place of their choosing. Visit www.tynedalehospice.com/donate/
  • Getting involved on social media by sharing our posts and using the hashtag #WeAreHospiceCare

 

A huge thank you from everyone at Tynedale Hospice at Home for all you do to get involved and support our work.

Keep up with our news about the many faces of our hospice care as the week unfolds by following our stories on Facebook and Twitter.

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.