Dining out for a great cause

Did you know that we have had five restaurant evenings so far this year—raising £2,919 to support our services, that’s enough to fund around 60 hours of hospice nursing care in the patient’s home.

We are hugely grateful for the support of our local restaurants.

Fancy dining out for a good cause?

Stalida in Hexham are hosting a charity evening on the 28th August, so if you fancy a Greek summer escape without leaving Northumberland, this is the one for you!

To book your table call Stalida direct on 01434 609 900.

Follow us on Facebook, @tynedalehospice  to see all the restaurant evenings and other great events going on to support Tynedale Hospice at Home.

Hats & Glad Rags Charity Ball


Patricia Barnes, owner of Hats & Glad Rags in Hexham, is hosting a charity ball in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home on Saturday 28th September at Hexham Mart. A delightful three-course dinner with a main course featuring renowned local Gofton Wagyu beef will be followed by a great night of music from ‘Blistered Molly’ (who recently played the Tynedale Beer Festival), plus an auction and raffle with exciting and unique prizes to be won. A wonderful night with great music, great food and of course a great excuse to get those ‘Glad Rags’ on!
Tickets £50pp (£475 for a table of 10), 7pm-12midnight (carriages 12.30am). To get your tickets call the fundraising team: 606 444 or email: fundraising@tynedalehospice.com

Gibson & Co Solicitors – a blossoming relationship

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We are delighted to announce that Gibson & Co Solicitors are supporting Tynedale Hospice at Home with a reduced rate Will writing service, the first of which takes place on Friday 4th October 2019 at our main office. All proceeds for this service are being donated to the charity by Gibson & Co.  Whilst not obligatory, people will have the opportunity to leave a gift to the hospice if they choose to do so.  We will let you know about prices and how to book soon.

Gibson and Co are also going a step further and kindly sponsoring our 2019 series of Light up a Life events which are planned for the 7th and 8th December in Hexham, Prudhoe and Ponteland as well as our two new services in Allendale and Haltwhistle.
Cathy (Senior Community Fundraiser) said, “It is wonderful to have a partnership with this highly respected firm of solicitors, we are looking forward to working together with the team and strengthening the relationship.”

A busy summer beckons…


Now that summer is nearly with us (and obviously this is a reference purely to the month and makes no meteorological assumptions!) our minds are turned to the Tynedale Hospice at Home diary which is bursting full of events to tickle every fancy!

For the music lovers…

A Musical Evening hosted by the Rotary Club of Ponteland on Saturday 29th June.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start in the Memorial Hall in Ponteland.  Featuring performances by Pete Brown, the Ponteland Rock Choir and the Ponteland Community Wind Band. Tickets are £10pp and can be booked directly on t: 01661 871108 or e: thecusworths@jbcms.co.uk

For all the foodies…

Charity Dinner at Bouchon Bistrot in Hexham on Wednesday 26th June.  Bookings between 6-9pm, £20pp book directly on t: 01343 609 943.  Three courses plus coffee (with choices).  A delightful evening of French cuisine awaits.

Mystery Dinner and Quiz at the Centre of Britain Hotel, Haltwhistle on Saturday 29th June.  The evening starts at 7.30pm, £25pp with table teams of up to four. Early booking recommended: 01434 322 422.  A fun evening with pictorial, general knowledge and culinary questions, Heads and Tails, Lottery, Quiz Bingo and a Raffle – all with a three-course mystery meal.  A great night out with lots of brilliant prizes to be won.

For the garden lovers…

Open Garden, Saturday 29th June 1.30 – 5.00pm.  A wonderful opportunity to enjoy the beautiful garden at Middle Grange, Slaley, Hexham, NE47 0AA. From Riding Mill, entrance is on RHS approx. 0.4m along. From Hexham entrance is on the left approx. 0.3m along. Please leave cars at roadside & walk up drive.  £5pp on the gate.  Afternoon tea will be available and there will be a plant stall so you can take a piece of horticultural inspiration home with you!

Summer Evening Reception and Open Garden hosted by Charles and Tina Enderby, Friday 5th July 6.30-8.30pm at The Riding, Acomb, Hexham, NE46 4PF.  Celebrating 25 years of hospice care by Tynedale Hospice at Home this promises to be a charming evening in delightful surroundings, with refreshments and freshly prepared canapes served by the Saathi team. Tickets £15pp (or two for £25) – book with the Fundraising Team on t: 01434 606 444 or e:fundraising@tynedalehospice.com

For all the clarty bairns out there…

Clarty Bairns, Saturday 28th July – a muddy obstacle course at Broomley Grange, Stocksfield, for bairns and big kids 6-80years! £8pp with a £35 fundraising target.  This is set to be a very muddy, very funny, great family day out for a great cause.  Book your places via the website www.tynedalehospice.com.  Places are going fast!
Kindly sponsored by Youngs RPS


And don’t forget… this is the height of Tynedale Big Bake season if you haven’t already registered your Big Bake get yourself on www.tynedalehospice.com and register your event and request your fundraising pack.  Or give us a call on t: 01434 606 444 or e:fundraising@tynedalehospice.com

Fundraiser is easy as pie!


We’re kicking off our 2018 Big Bake campaign in style by joining forces with two Hexham businesses to encourage people to ‘bake a difference’ in our annual fundraiser.

Deb and Tim with their Big Bakes.

TastyBITES and Robson & Sons Butchers are creating the perfect sausage roll to sell at our special Big Bake stall at the Farmers Market in Hexham Market Place on Saturday, 14 April between 9am and 1pm.

Tim Graham, owner of Robson & Sons, said: “We’re delighted to partnering TastyBITES by providing the award-winning Hexhamshire sausage meat to go in the Tasty Bite sausage roll.  We are proud to be a local business supporting such a worthwhile charity that helps so many people.”

Deb Humble from TastyBITES added: “Our customers return again and again for our sausage rolls so for everyone we sell during the Big Bake campaign we’ll be making a contribution to the Hospice. Tynedale Hospice at Home provides wonderful support in the community and as a local business we’re really pleased to be involved.

Our Nursing Care team love lemon bundt cake!

Now in its third year, our Big Tynedale Bake has raised over £10,000 for the Hospice.

Cathy Bates, Tynedale Hospice at Home’s community fundraiser said: “Our Big Bake campaign is a popular fundraiser but we thought we’d bring it back with a difference this year. Most people think of baking something sweet for a coffee morning or bake sale but not everyone likes sweet things.  This year, we’re encouraging any type of baking so if a savoury pie tickles your taste buds more than a cup cake, you can still get involved.”

“Last year, we raised over £5,000 through the Big Tynedale Bake but we’d love to top this if we can.  Whether you’re part of community group, school, a local business or simply just want to invite a few friends over for a cuppa and a cake or pie, please get involved. We can supply you with our Big Bake Fundraising Pack, which includes everything you need to host your own event.”

Cathy continued “The need for our services continues to grow.  In the last year, we provided over 4,916 hours of nursing care in the home, enabling 86 people to die at home at they had wished.  Our Family Support and Hospital Transport Services are also in high demand.

The Big Tynedale Bake is taking place throughout the Spring and Summer so there’s plenty of time to get organised, join in and help bake a difference!

To find out more visit Get Involved


A stitch in time raises cash for our Hospice


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.”

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!

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.

Let us entertain you!


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.