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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.

Wow – what a year!

As 2017 draws to close we want to say a huge thanks everyone in our community who has supported Tynedale Hospice at Home over the last year.

It has been a busy year for the Hospice with continued demand for our nursing care service in the home and our pre and post bereavement support through our Family Support Service.   Our Hospital Transport Service goes from strength to strength and our volunteer drivers have traveled over 40,600 miles this year helping people with life-limiting illnesses attend vital hospital appointments.  Meanwhile our retail shops continue to play an important role in our community with a loyal shopping base in both Hexham and Ponteland.

In the last 12 months, we have seen some very positive changes. We are now working out of new premises providing us with both an administrative centre and dedicated spaces for use by the Family Support Service.  And our new website is already paying dividends, with people being able to find out about us and get involved with our work more easily than ever before.

Working with us there is a dedicated and loyal team of over 200 volunteers.  We couldn’t do any of our work without their support.  They provide help in our office, in our Family Support and Hospital Transport Services, in our shops and out and about in our community working with us to raise vital funds to support Tynedale Hospice at Home. They are at the heart of what we do and we would like to thank each and every one of you.

It costs over £800,000 a year to run our services and 90 per cent of this must be raised through voluntary giving, legacies and other fundraising activities, so a huge thanks must also go to everyone who has fundraised for us this year – from individuals hosting bake sales or taking on sporting challenges like the Great North Run, to companies who support us through our Business Ambassador scheme, selling raffle tickets or hosting sponsored events.

We simply couldn’t do what we do without this support.

Our volunteers and supporters are at the heart of Tynedale Hospice at Home, helping us to deliver care and support where it’s needed – in the heart of the local community.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the local community, our volunteers and our supporters a very happy Christmas and a healthy and happy New Year!

Celebrate the Joy of Giving this Christmas

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.

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!

 

 

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.

 

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.