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Sun shines on afternoon tea celebration

We say thank you to our volunteers with cake and a cuppa.

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!”

 

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.

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

 

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.

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.