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.