Fundraiser is easy as pie!

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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

 

Finding someone to listen and make sense of my feelings

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“Having just finished GCSE’s and with the whole world in front of me, caring for my dying Mother at home and losing her just before Christmas is not what I had imagined I would be facing as a 16 year old.

I lived alone with my Mum, Judith, and a week before I started sixth form she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Mum was a social worker. She was caring, creative and really good to all of her friends. We were really close but when she became ill, things changed. All of a sudden I had to learn to care for my Mum by myself, I had to learn to cook, clean and learn basic medical skills. Mum was in so much pain and although district nurses visited, every night I was on my own.

When you know that you are going to lose the person you love, obviously you want to have as many happy times as you can but… that is not the reality of caring for someone who is dying. When I was awake in the middle of the night, helping Mum to go to the toilet or cleaning up after she had been sick. I felt so alone. I knew that my friends wouldn’t be doing the same. It is so easy to feel that you are the only person in the whole world who is having to do this sort of thing, that you are the only person who has got a Mum who is dying or that you are the only one who has lost a parent. You can’t underestimate the help you need when caring for someone who is dying or how much there is to do. If I’d had more help that would have made a difference.

Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Rainbow Room

Finding someone to listen and making sense of my feelings: I first heard about the family and bereavement support at Tynedale Hospice after my teacher at school told me about Emma. Emma, one of the practitioners, had visited my school to help other children whose loved ones had died. I visited the Hospice’s Rainbow Room, a special, safe and colourful place where young people like me can begin to talk and make sense of what we are feeling.

I wanted to keep school separate from everything that was going on at home and although my friends helped, often they didn’t know what to say.

I met with Emma and Carla from the Hospice every couple of weeks and kept in touch via email and phone and it made the world of difference.

Thanks to their support, I could talk through my feelings, get them out in the open and process them in my own mind. I understood that it was ok to be angry, to be cross at Mum and that it wasn’t wrong to be feeling that way. I also understood that I wasn’t alone. Without talking I would have gone mad.

Mum was happy I could go to the Hospice and in the weeks before she died, visiting the Rainbow Room and talking helped me to understand my grief better – even when everything around me felt out of control.

Anna in the Rainbow Room

Treasured memories: Carla gave me a notebook to write in – during one of the first sessions I wrote down words that reminded me of Mum – it was helpful to have something physical to do. I also created my ‘Mum box’ – a box of memories about Mum, and even now I go back and add to it. It’s good to have the box there.

Sometimes I find it quite hard to remember Mum before she was ill. My main memory of her is the person that was dying but the Mum Box helps to remind me of all the happy moments we had and with the help of Carla, I’ve been able to hold onto safe memories, like Mum and I sitting in the garden and Mum working on her tapestry as ‘Boo’, our cat played around us!

Unlimited support: Mum died, aged 47, on the 9th December 2016. I felt overwhelmed and for a long time I didn’t feel like talking or coming to see Carla and Emma, so I had a break – I always knew the support was there if I needed it and that helped. Nearly a year later, I was invited to take part in the teenage Film Club at Tynedale Hospice and I accepted. I met with 5 other teenagers, all of whom had lost a parent. Together we have put a film together that helps explain our experiences, talks about our feelings and what grief is like. Recently we went to Broomley Grange Activity Centre and I braved muddy tunnels and high wires in the trees before sitting down with my film club friends around a bonfire to toast marshmallows and reflect on our shared experiences and achievements. We had all been through horrible things but the day was fun, challenging and helped to take our mind off things.

Family Support Practitioners are on hand to help.

I am taking back control! It’s been more than a year since Mum died and I just keep in mind that this happened to me and there is nothing I can do about that but the emotional skills it will have equipped me with will last me my whole life. Nothing will ever, ever be as scary as going to my Mum’s funeral, and if I can face that, then I can face anything. Soon I hope to go to University to study chemistry. Looking back, it’s been good to have the opportunity to reflect, pause and try to put what I’ve been through into words.

Grief is a weight that you carry around, it is unexpected and it will get you at the worst of times. You can’t decide what day it’s going to be, grief will decide. But it does get easier and you learn to live with it and it’s a bit nicer when you’ve learned how to live with it.

I had no idea what to expect when I came to the Rainbow Room at Tynedale Hospice but I was shown so much care and given more support than I could ever imagine. I had the opportunity to say what I was thinking without judgement and I received support from such lovely people who go out of their way to make a difference. The support I’ve received from Tynedale Hospice is unique and something I couldn’t have accessed anywhere else.”

Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Family Support Service provides help to children, young people, individuals and families who are facing bereavement or who have been bereaved.  Our services are free and available to all and you don’t have to have been touched by our Hospice care to receive this service.  To find out more, please call 01434 600 384.

40 challenges at 40!

They say that life begins at 40 and for two Ponteland mums they are certainly taking it to heart by taking on 40 new challenges in their fortieth year – and top of their list is the Great North Run where they hope to raise £1,000 in support of our Hospice.

Despite never having run any distance before Jessica Eyre-Tanner, who turns 40 in September, and Lucy Goldwater, who turns 40 a month later, are already throwing themselves into their training with gusto.

Lucy said: “I have never done anything like this before and my family and friends are pretty surprised that I’ve signed up. I absolutely hated running when I was at school,  but it’s such an iconic race and when I see everyone on the TV running you can see that they are having a brilliant time. It was definitely number one on my list of 40 things to achieve. I’ve just got to think of the other 39 things now!  I haven’t got a target time to complete it in, I just want to finish it. Everyone I know who has done it speaks about how supportive the crowd lining the roads are and how they spur you with their words of encouragement. I’m hoping that will get me through.”

Whilst it’s the first time Jessica will have run this race she’s already taken part in the Ponteland Wheelbarrow Race, and a 10k tough mudder and has begun attending a regular circuit training class which she hopes will stand her in good stead for the challenge ahead.  Jessica added: “It’s great to be supporting a charity which provides such valuable services in our local community. Tynedale Hospice at Home makes such a positive difference to the lives of people that need its services, from the nursing care and hospital transport service, to the bereavement support they offer individuals and families. We are so lucky to have a charity which offers such a lifeline to people in times of need.”

Cathy Bates from the Hospice said: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate a milestone birthday than by running miles in the Great North Run – just as long as there’s some cake at the end of it! We’re delighted to have Jess and Lucy running in support of us and we’re really grateful for their efforts. They will join another 23 runners taking part in this year’s run who are fundraising for us in a bid to raise £15,000 for Tynedale Hospice at Home.”

For those of you have a bucket list of challenges that you would like to achieve in your lifetime, Tynedale Hospice at Home has a whole list of challenges on offer which we refer to as our Life List. From hosting a bake sale or a fundraising coffee morning, to doing something a little bit more adrenalin-filled like taking on our Via Feratta Challenge in the Lake District, there really is something for everyone, as well help from our Fundraising team who will provide dedicated support.

To find out more, visit check out our Life List challenges here

 

Running in memory of my precious Nana

When Giovanna Marchioli’s Nana, Sylvia, was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, Tynedale Hospice at Home provided nursing care to her in her home in her final weeks. Now Giovanna, along with her mam and sister are taking on this year’s Great North Run in her memory, hoping to raise an incredible £1,000 for the Hospice.

Giovanna said: “Tynedale Hospice at Home were absolutely brilliant throughout the whole time my Nana was ill. Their care and professionalism was outstanding and we felt so, so supported by them. Nana trusted them and they treated her with such care and dignity. It will mean so much knowing that we’ll be running in her memory and she’ll be in my thoughts every step of the way. We want to give something back to the Hospice who gave so much to our family at a time when we needed it most. Every step we take will be worth it.”

Were you lucky enough to get a place in this year’s ballot? If so, we’d love you to consider running in support of our Hospice so that we can help more families like the Marchiolis. To find out more about joining #TeamTynedale, call Cathy on 01434 606 444.

Fundraiser is a ‘hair-raising’ idea

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Her latest challenge – to take on a sponsored head shave on Thursday, 1 February – is yet another brilliant example of her commitment to raising awareness and funds about the hospice and its work.

Sarah has been inspired to fund raise for the Hospice after she received bereavement support from Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Family Support Service following the birth of her identical twin boys who were stillborn in May 2012. The twins were conjoined and sharing organs.

Sarah Richardson

She is hoping to raise £400 and will be donating the hair to The Little Princess Trust which provides wigs for children and young people who have lost their own hair due to cancer or other illnesses.

Sarah said: “I can’t thank the Family Support Service enough for the support we received. They provided a safe and confidential space where I could talk on a one-on-one basis, and share all my feelings and my sense of loss for as long as I needed to talk.  It’s such a wonderful service and we will never forget the support we received.”

No stranger to daring fundraising challenges, Sarah and her husband Matthew abseiled from Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge in 2016, raising over £1,500 for the Hospice.

To support Sarah in her latest challenge you can sponsor her at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/shavesarah

 

Our Family Support Service is a listening ear

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.

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.”