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.

A great future for pre-loved electricals!

Did you know that our Hexham shop can take good quality electrical items? Retail Support Manager, David has just become a certified PAT tester – meaning that all electrical items for sale in our shops will have passed our in-house PAT testing before they make it to the shelves.
Donating your good quality electrical items makes a lot of sense. It will mean one less item ends up in land-fill, many items are in perfect working condition and have a lot of life left in them, and it raises funds to help us deliver our vital services to people in our community. Whichever way you look at it – up-cycling, recycling, pre-loved or just ready for a new home…donating your electrical items so that someone can bag themselves a bargain is good news all round!
You can find details of our shops here:

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.

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:

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.”

Providing care when and where it counts


“It was like the cavalry arriving. It really was. It was such a relief to able to share mum’s care with people who knew exactly what to do.”

These are words that Barry Glendinning used to describe the support his mum received from Tynedale Hospice at Home’s nursing care team in the final days of her life.

It’s thanks to the continued support of our community that we are able to provide this vital care for families in the familiar surroundings of their own home, exactly when they need it.

Barry said:  “Towards the end of mum’s illness, things were getting very hard but thanks to the nursing care team at Tynedale Hospice at Home we were able to ensure that she could stay at home in those final difficult days just as she wanted, surrounded by the things and people she loved.  It made those last days so much easier knowing that she was as comfortable as possible in the familiar surroundings of her own home.  We are so grateful for that.”

50% of people die in hospital – but only 3% of us actually want to. These are stark facts, but they are the reality. 

Every day, Tynedale Hospice at Home provides end of life nursing care to people in our community.  In the last year, we supported over 100 people who wanted to die at home surrounded by their family and the things they love.

We recently launched a campaign to encourage people to give a regular gift to Tynedale Hospice at Home so that we can give even more people the choice to die at home if they wish.

Charlotte Pearson, Fundraising Manager at Tynedale Hospice at Home said, “We are calling on our amazing community to help.  By choosing to give a regular monthly gift, you will be helping us to plan ahead and make long-term improvements for everyone who needs our support. A regular gift allows us to plan for the future because we know that each month, we will have a steady income stream that we can rely upon. “

Follow this link to find out more about our services.

Follow this link to find out more about regular giving.

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:

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

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  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 and register your event and request your fundraising pack.  Or give us a call on t: 01434 606 444 or

National Volunteers’ Week 2019

Spring Newslink is out now!

Our latest copy of Newslink, our community magazine, is hitting doormats this week.

Inside you can read all about some amazing people, their stories and the reasons why we do what we do at Tynedale Hospice at Home, providing care when are where it counts.

Click here to have a sneaky peak!

If you would like to be on the distribution list please drop us a line on or give us call on 01434 606 444.
Newslink is published twice a year, Spring and Autumn.

Clipper Around the World Yacht Race – with Susan Peart

“In August 2013 my husband Chris finally succumbed to the neurological disease that he had been suffering from for 8 years.   For the final six months or so I nursed him at home, which is what we both wanted.

It wasn’t easy, I was “on call” day and night, and had to have some fairly intensive training on using the machines needed to help monitor him and also with tube feeding, as by this stage he was unable to eat normally.

Tynedale Hospice at Home were a godsend…a fully trained and very caring nurse came out to our home to stay with Chris every week for one afternoon, giving me chance to go shopping or even just to take the dogs for a walk.

That time off was invaluable to me and I knew Chris was in very good hands with someone who understood his illness and how to care for him.

This ‘adventure’ that I’ve signed up for is the most challenging, an endurance test like no other.

It’s  mentally and physically VERY demanding, and also dangerous.  Although safety is paramount, nothing can prepare you for the unexpected.   People  have died, yachts are damaged and in the 17/18 race one was even lost.

But we have only one life and Chris would have loved to do such a thing, but sadly he never got the chance.

No one knows what the future holds, but given a choice, most people would like the opportunity to spend their last days in their own home amongst their own family.  Tynedale Hospice at Home enables this and I will be forever grateful to them.

Please give generously to this wonderful local charity, in Chris’s memory most certainly, but more importantly to enable them to help future families in severely distressing circumstances.

Thank you,

Susan x


These are the words on Susan Peart’s Just Giving page. Susan will be taking part in the momentous Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in aid of Tynedale Hospice at Home. She is an amazing woman and her strength and determination are simply awe-inspiring. We will be following and sharing Susan’s journey as she embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. Please support her generously.