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!

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!

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!