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40 challenges at 40!

They say that life begins at 40 and for two Ponteland mums they are certainly taking it to heart by taking on 40 new challenges in their fortieth year – and top of their list is the Great North Run where they hope to raise £1,000 in support of our Hospice.

Despite never having run any distance before Jessica Eyre-Tanner, who turns 40 in September, and Lucy Goldwater, who turns 40 a month later, are already throwing themselves into their training with gusto.

Lucy said: “I have never done anything like this before and my family and friends are pretty surprised that I’ve signed up. I absolutely hated running when I was at school,  but it’s such an iconic race and when I see everyone on the TV running you can see that they are having a brilliant time. It was definitely number one on my list of 40 things to achieve. I’ve just got to think of the other 39 things now!  I haven’t got a target time to complete it in, I just want to finish it. Everyone I know who has done it speaks about how supportive the crowd lining the roads are and how they spur you with their words of encouragement. I’m hoping that will get me through.”

Whilst it’s the first time Jessica will have run this race she’s already taken part in the Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race, and a 10k tough mudder and has begun attending a regular circuit training class which she hopes will stand her in good stead for the challenge ahead.  Jessica added: “It’s great to be supporting a charity which provides such valuable services in our local community. Tynedale Hospice at Home makes such a positive difference to the lives of people that need its services, from the nursing care and hospital transport service, to the bereavement support they offer individuals and families. We are so lucky to have a charity which offers such a lifeline to people in times of need.”

Cathy Bates from the Hospice said: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than by running miles in the Great North Run – just as long as there’s some cake at the end of it! We’re delighted to have Jess and Lucy running in support of us and we’re really grateful for their efforts. They will join another 23 runners taking part in this year’s run who are fundraising for us in a bid to raise £15,000 for Tynedale Hospice at Home.”

For those of you have a bucket list of challenges that you would like to achieve in your lifetime, Tynedale Hospice at Home has a whole list of challenges on offer which we refer to as our Life List. From hosting a bake sale or a fundraising coffee morning, to doing something a little bit more adrenalin-filled like taking on our Via Feratta Challenge in the Lake District, there really is something for everyone, as well help from our Fundraising team who will provide dedicated support.

To find out more, visit check out our Life List challenges here

 

Running in memory of my precious Nana

When Giovanna Marchioli’s Nana, Sylvia, was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, Tynedale Hospice at Home provided nursing care to her in her home in her final weeks. Now Giovanna, along with her mam and sister are taking on this year’s Great North Run in her memory, hoping to raise an incredible £1,000 for the Hospice.

Giovanna said: “Tynedale Hospice at Home were absolutely brilliant throughout the whole time my Nana was ill. Their care and professionalism was outstanding and we felt so, so supported by them. Nana trusted them and they treated her with such care and dignity. It will mean so much knowing that we’ll be running in her memory and she’ll be in my thoughts every step of the way. We want to give something back to the Hospice who gave so much to our family at a time when we needed it most. Every step we take will be worth it.”

Were you lucky enough to get a place in this year’s ballot? If so, we’d love you to consider running in support of our Hospice so that we can help more families like the Marchiolis. To find out more about joining #TeamTynedale, call Cathy on 01434 606 444.

New Year, New Challenge?

If the start of 2018 has fired up your motivation and your imagination to do something amazing this year then look no further than here! We’ve got a whole host of challenges to choose from.  We call them our Life List of Challenges. You can pick one from the list or take on a whole host of challenges – it’s entirely up to you. And our enthusiastic Fundraising team who will support you every step of the way.

Whether a challenge to you means climbing to Everest Base Camp, cycling the Coast to Coast, running the Great North Run or taking part in the Great North Swim to name just a few things – the choice is yours! And if you have your own ideas, we’d love to hear them too.

Haydon Bridge resident Derrien Turrell took on the Great North Run last year, running in memory of her late husband. It was the first time she had ever done anything like this before.

“It really was the most amazing experience. The crowd, the atmosphere and the goodwill of all the people around us as we made our way along the route was incredible. I loved it and wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It was so brilliant that I’ve signed up for next year’s run!”

To find out more about the challenges Tynedale Hospice at Home has to offer, or to hear how we can support you in your own challenge, call the Fundraising team on 01434 606 444.

Pair aim high in charity challenge

‘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!