Charity Film Award Success !!

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A film made by bereaved teenagers at Tynedale Hospice at Home has been awarded a prestigious national accolade.

The film, “Grief as a Teenager” created by six teenagers all bereaved of a parent, was awarded a bronze at the Charity Film Awards.

“We were up against some tough competition so to come away with a bronze is amazing!” said Family Support Practitioner Emma Andrews.  “The gold in our category went to a film on the Thames narrated by David Attenborough and the overall winner was the Child Bereavement UK film Just One More Minute which featured Rio Ferdinand and Princes William and Harry. A truly wonderful film. As you can imagine we gave them a particularly massive cheer!”

The group of excited teenagers travelled to London with Emma and the Hospice’s Chief Executive Office, Mike Thornicroft for the awards ceremony which was compered by actress Sally Phillips.

“This is an amazing achievement,” said Mike. “I am thrilled, delighted and exceptionally proud of the team and of the young people in the making of this film.

“I would like to remember in particular that this film was part of the exceptional and innovative care provided to young people in our community living with bereavement. The film was part of that care process, not created for any other purpose than to help those involved and go on helping families and young people living with bereavement in our community. The film is now regularly used by the Family Support Team in their sessions.”

The film, “Grief as a Teenager” brought together six teenagers who had all received one-to-one support from the Family Support Team at Tynedale Hospice at Home.

From the very beginning of the creative process the group were determined to tell their stories without sugar-coating. “We wanted to tell it how it is,” said Amelia Rust, whose father died suddenly of a heart condition while she was away in India on a school trip.

“I have loved being a part of this group and I am so proud of what we have achieved. I will never forget this experience.”

Mike paid tribute to the young people for their “openness, maturity and compassion to help others facing or experiencing bereavement.”

He added: “It is also a ringing endorsement of the Family Support Team at Tynedale Hospice at Home.  It is a public affirmation of the quality, high standards and innovative style of our care. This film and this award in particular will enable our message to reach many, many more people.”

Our amazing Great North Run weekend!

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We can’t thank our Junior and Great North Runners enough for their amazing efforts.

Celebrating our volunteers

We’re celebrating the wonderful support of our volunteers this week!

Spring edition of Newslink is out

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The Spring edition of Newslink, our supporters’ newsletter, will be hitting doormats in the next week.  In this packed issue you can read about how our Nursing Care team were a pillar of support for a family whose precious Nana received our hospice care in her final weeks, the amazing bargains and hidden gems you can find our shops and news of our annual Big Bake campaign which launches this month.

You can catch up with the news here.

Tynedale Hospice at Home to benefit from local law firm’s fundraising

We’re absolutely delighted to have been nominated by the Newcastle office of Irwin Mitchell as its Charity of the Year in 2018 – and they’ve set an ambitious target of £7,000 of fundraising through a range of initiatives, including colleague fundraising, team challenge events and by hosting a charity dinner.

Laura Elliott, Fundraising Manager from Tynedale Hospice at Home said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen by Irwin Mitchell as its Charity of the Year. Their enthusiasm and dedication to our cause and their plans for fundraising over the coming year knows no bounds and we can’t wait to support them in their various activities as the year unfolds.

The national law firm’s Charity of the Year initiative sees staff across each of its offices hold a range of events throughout the year to raise funds for local causes which have been selected through a vote.

The programme is part of the work of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation, an independent charity which last year celebrated its 20th anniversary and has raised more than £1.6 million for charities in the UK and abroad.

Paula Myers, Regional Managing Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office, said: “The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped a number of incredible causes along the way.

“Tynedale Hospice at Home is a fantastic cause and we are already hard at work planning the range of events which will be held across the year to raise vital funds to support the incredible work it does.”

As part of their commitment to the charity, Irwin Mitchell has automatically become part of our Business Ambassador Scheme which is open to businesses of all sizes who are passionate about making a difference in the community in which they work.

To find out more about becoming one of  our Business Ambassadors visit www.tynedalehospice.com/opportunities-for-businesses/ 

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

 

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