Denise and Val have The Great Wall of China in their sights!

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Senior Nurse Denise Askell is the second of our two registered nurses from the Hospice who has signed up for The Great Wall of China Trek.

Denise spent over 20 years as a district nurse and community matron before joining the Hospice as a registered nurse providing end of life care to people in our community. Since November 2018 Denise has been our Senior Nurse, leading on quality.

“I have always had a great respect for Tynedale Hospice at Home” explained Denise, “as a community matron I knew that once I had made the call to the Hospice I could relax, safe in the knowledge that high-quality care would be provided and that the patient and their whole family would be well looked after. Now that I’m part of the team it’s a real privilege to provide end of life care; people put their trust and faith in you to get it ‘right’ for them and their families. I know from experience how important it is to support the whole family, so that the patient can be cared for, as they want, at home and surrounded by the people and things that they love.”

So when asked why she has signed up Denise said, “Because I am totally passionate about the work of Tynedale Hospice at Home! Every single member of the team shares a passion to provide the very best quality care, to do the very best for the patient. We are fully led by our values and the patient is always the only priority. So it makes it easy for me to support the Hospice because I believe in it so fully.

“The Trek itself is a different issue – I’m not a natural walker, in fact, I don’t really walk anywhere! So this is going to be a real challenge for me. I’ve started training by walking Hadrian’s Wall in stages, but I know I’ve got to get a lot of practice in over the next year to be ready for The Great Wall.”

Denise, like Val who we featured recently, will be covering all the costs of the trip herself, so that all the money raised will go straight to Tynedale Hospice at Home and directly fund services for people in our community. Denise is lining up a whole raft of fundraising ideas. The whole office has benefitted from her jam sale already!

Denise has set up her Just Giving page here:, so do have a look and support her if you can. We will be keeping you posted about other fundraising events Denise and Val are hosting to help them reach their target as they prepare to Trek the Great Wall of China.

Hospices Nurses set sights on Great Wall of China


We are absolutely delighted to announce that two of the Tynedale Hospice at Home nurses have signed up to do the Great Wall of China Trek. Registered Nurse Val Anderson and Senior Nurse Denise Askell have both jumped at the chance to take part.  This week we caught up with Val to ask her all about her big adventure.

“It will be a major personal challenge for me, but one that I’m really looking forward to. I am utterly passionate about Tynedale Hospice at Home. I have had friends and family members living in areas that don’t have a hospice at home service and some of them did not have a good end of life experience.” said Val. “Every shift I work with Tynedale Hospice at Home I see first-hand just how important it is to have the hospice at home care for the patient and for their family. One of the rewards of the job is being able to ensure a patient’s last days and hours are comfortable, and surrounded by their loved ones at home. So it’s a cause I really want to support in any way I can.”

Val has set up her JustGiving page:

Val is adamant that all the money she raises through sponsorship will go directly to Tynedale Hospice at Home where it will have the greatest impact. To ensure this Val has committed to working an extra shift every month so that she will pay for the travel and accommodation costs of the trip herself.

Val and Denise are lining up a whole range of fun events to kick off their fundraising. The first confirmed event will be a bag-pack at Tesco Hexham on 17-18th August—if you are able to help Val and Denise please give us a call 01434 606 444 to sign up for a slot.

Or if you would like to take part in the Trek yourself, call Cathy on 01434 606 444 to have a chat, or drop her a line on Cathy is also holding an information session on Thursday 1st August, 6.30pm at The Gate Church, Swalwell Close, Prudhoe. RSVP to Cathy if you would like to come along.