Posts

A time for reflection with Light up a Life

Our light up a Life services are a chance to remember and reflect.

Hospice film in Charity Film Awards!

Your vote could help us get on the shortlist.

The Autumn edition of Newslink is out!

Our supporters’ newsletter is packed full of our latest news, including how your support is helping people in our community.

New Chief Executive Officer at the helm

We are delighted to welcome Mike Thornicroft as our new Chief Executive Officer.

Mike brings with him a wide range of experience in service development and delivery and partnership working in the Third Sector.  He has a long-standing interest and commitment to ensuring that people with health conditions are effectively supported and cared for.

He was previously Director of Operations at Leeds-based social enterprixse The Ahead Partnership where he was responsible for service delivery and development.  The Ahead Partnership delivers activities within educational establishments involving businesses to improve the chances of employability for students.

Prior to this, Mike had 14 years’ experience with the Royal National Institute for the Blind and its associated charity Action for Blind People. His last position with this charity was as Head of Service Delivery and Operations across the Northern region.

Mike said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Tynedale Hospice at Home. It’s a wonderful charity and I am inspired by the innovative way it delivers high quality hospice care to people in our local community.  I am looking forward to working with the team of dedicated staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters to build on this excellent work to ensure that our care and support reaches the people who need it in the heart of the communities we serve.”

Anne Francis, Chair of Trustees at Tynedale Hospice at Home, said: “We are delighted to welcome Mike to Tynedale Hospice at Home.  He brings with him a unique set of skills which will contribute significantly to the continuous development of our Hospice as we strive to provide high quality care and support to hundreds of people in our local community.”

Mike replaces Alison Hands who stood down as Chief Executive Officer in June after three years in the post.

A very warm welcome to you Mike!

We’re appealing for new volunteers

If you want to meet new people, gain new skills and help to make difference in your local community, then one of our volunteering opportunities could be perfect for you!

We’re looking for new volunteers to support a whole host of our activities, including:

  • Occasional Fundraising volunteers
  • Hospital Transport volunteers
  • Collecting tin volunteers
  • Retail volunteers for our shops in Hexham and Ponteland

A volunteer’s story
When Hexham resident Wendy Reed was looking for a volunteer opportunity, a post on Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Face book page really caught her attention.

“The Hospice was looking for occasional volunteers to help sell their Christmas soft toys and run fundraising stalls in the lead up to Christmas. I was looking for something worthwhile to do so the call for volunteers came at just the right time in my life.  I signed up to become a fundraising volunteer shortly after and I am so glad I did.”

Now Wendy is a regular face in the local community, running fundraising stalls in local department stores, selling raffle tickets at events and fayres, helping out with collecting tins and selling soft toys when needed.

“I love being out and about meeting people and there’s plenty of opportunity to do this in my role.  Knowing that I am doing something worthwhile, however small that is, means a lot to me.  When I spend a day selling raffle tickets or running a stall and find out that we’ve raised an good sum, I think about the amount of nursing care this might mean the Hospice can provide and there’s a real buzz in knowing that because of the time I’ve given, someone, somewhere is able to receive this support.

“I have always been involved in volunteering  and I’ve developed lots of skills that mean I can turn my hand to a variety of roles but being out and about meeting people, like I am in this role, suits me best. I get lots of support from the Fundraising team and the other volunteers are great so it’s a real team effort.

“We’re so lucky to have Tynedale Hospice at Home in the heart of our community and lots of people I know have benefited from its support or know someone who has.  I can’t think of a more worthwhile charity to support.”

To find out more about what’s involved, please call Sam Horne, HR and Volunteer Adviser, Tynedale Hospice at Home,  on 01434 611 913 or visit www.tynedalehospice.com/volunteer

Charity dinner is a recipe for success

Over 60 people attended a special charity dinner last week hosted by award-winning Hexham restaurant Bouchon Bistrot, raising £466 for Tynedale Hospice at Home.

The event was a first for Tynedale Hospice at Home and Bouchon but will definitely not be the last.

Bouchon’s Gregory Bureau said:  “We wanted to do something to support Tynedale Hospice at Home as it’s a wonderful local cause and does so much good work in the community. The event was great fun and I was delighted to see such a good turnout on the night.  I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who booked a table and supported the evening.”

Cathy Bates, Tynedale Hospice at Home’s Senior Community Fundraiser, added: “Bouchon is a really special restaurant and Greg and his team did a fantastic job on the night, creating a special menu for everyone who attended. The service and food was excellent and the amount raised will make a huge difference to the people who need our services.

“We’ll definitely make sure we have another great night at Bouchon on our fundraising menu in the future!”