Every year well over a hundred volunteers assist us with patient care, family support, fundraising and many other aspects of our work. As a volunteer there are lots of ways that you can help HospiceCare North Northumberland deliver its essential services to patients and their families:
- Helping in the Alnwick or Berwick Day Care or Patient Clinics
- Driving patients to and from the hospice
- Helping people in their own homes
- Training to help with bereavement support
- Organising fundraising events and projects in aid of Hospicecare
- Helping at fundraising events
- Working on HospiceCare reception
- Assisting with hospice administration
Other volunteers use skills such as hair dressing, complementary therapies or arts and crafts to help improve our patients' quality of life. Could you get involved, become part of our team and together make a real difference? We would love to hear from you - please call the HospiceCare Volunteer Coordinator on 01665 606515.
Day Care Volunteers
Can you spare 6 hours a week or a month?
Come and work in our centres at Alnwick or Berwick from 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. To welcome patients into the HospiceCare premises, talk with the patients, help to serve refreshments as well as helping them to take part in different activities. This is a fulfilling and rewarding role, for which training will be provided. You do not need to have any previous medical training or experience, you just need to be an empathetic and positive person, who enjoys helping others.
For further details contact our Volunteer Coordinator on Tel: 01665 606515 or click here to download an application form.
We need drivers to cover the Alnwick area and the Berwick area to take patients to and from the HospiceCare premises.
Can you spare a few hours a week? Do you have clean driving license and would you be willing to use your own car?
If you can offer your time and enthusiasm we will give our expertise and will provide training - together we can make a great team.
For further details contact our Volunteer Coordinator on Tel: 01665 606515 or click here to download an application form.
We need fundraising volunteers to help us organise and run events such as sponsored walks and open garden days - if you would enjoy coordinating fundraising activities in your area, taking responsibility for organising and running events, please get in touch with our volunteer coordinator on 01665 606515.
We need people to welcome patients and visitors, handle phone calls and take and pass on messages - if you enjoy meeting and helping people, would like to support the work of the HospiceCare and have some time available, please get in touch. For further details contact our Volunteer Coordinator on Tel: 01665 606515 or click here to download an application form.
We need help with letter writing, filing, posting out information, data entry on spreadsheets and other admin tasks. If you enjoy working in an office environment, would like to support the work of the Hospice and can spare some time, we would be pleased to hear from you. For further details contact our Volunteer Coordinator on Tel: 01665 606515 or click here to download an application form.
Local volunteers for Alnwick & Berwick
Community support is vital for HospiceCare. Are you involved with a local club or community group? Would you be able to organise a fund raising event? Would you be interested in promoting the work and fundraising events of HospiceCare by putting up posters for your local hospice?
We are looking for volunteers in North Northumberland to take posters to their local clubs and community groups to help us advertise the wide range of exciting events we hold throughout the year to raise much needed funds for HospiceCare. If you can help with publicity all you need to do is give us a call on 01665 606515 / 01289 309997 and leave us your name, address, name of your local group and how many posters you require. Each time we have an event coming up we will send out the posters for you to hand out and put on notice boards.
If you can help by holding a fundraising event, please visit our fundraising section.
A group of Trustees are responsible for the governance and effective management of the Hospice, as well as its strategic direction and management. The Trustees are volunteers with relevant experience who come from all walks of life, both clinical and non clinical. Their wide experience, for example in business, accounting and finance, the public sector, the voluntary sector and as experienced medical practitioners, is of great value to Hospicecare.
Click here to download an application form.
Horace Silverman and the White Gardenias on Sat 25th May
Horace Silverman and the White Gardenias are a very special seven piece band who are dedicated to preserving the magic of the music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s. Effortlessly they take you back in time to the days of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Hoagey Carmichael and Sammy Cahn amongst others. With each song, they bring the true spirit and emotion of the original performer and songwriter.
At Felton Village Hall. For more details and...
Sunday 26th May: Druridge Bay 10k Run (or Walk)
The Druridge Bay 10K fun run will be held on the 26th May for the seventh year. Entry Fee £15.00.
Last year we raised £7591.19 for the Hospice lets see if we can raise even more this year. Come over to cheer on our runners....
Blackshaw's Charity Event Thursday May 30th
An exclusive evening with Professor Wilson. Britain’s leading Criminologist, author & TV broadcaster
Our evening will include a book launch and talk by Professor Wilson about
MARY ANN COTTON: SERIAL KILLER & PSYCHOPATH.
You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and meet Professor Wilson in person.
From 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tickets cost £...
Adam Douglas Make a Will Week 3rd June
Local law firm Adam Douglas & Son which has offices in Alnwick, Berwick-upon-Tweed and Amble is organising a ‘Make A Will’ week in June when its team of solicitors plan to waive their fee for writing a basic Will in return for a donation to support our work.
All you need to do is to contact the firm through its Alnwick (01665 602363) or Berwick (01289 306479) offices to make an appointment during the week beginning Monday 3rd June ...
Afternoon Tea Party and Talk June 5th
Come to Doxford Hall for Afternoon Tea on June 5th 2.00 - 4.30 pm to listen to Head Gardener Trevor Jones from Alnwick Gardens, as he shares the latest news and trends from the Chelsea Flower Show.
Price £15 which includes the Afternoon Tea.
To book click here.
St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk
Join us on Saturday 10th August for St Cuthbert's Way Challenge Walk with Shepherds Walks.
To sign up for this sponsored walk and to receive your fundraising pack, visit their website or click here.
Sunday 9th June: Glanton Pyke Open Garden
HospiceCare North Northumberland are very grateful to Mr & Mrs J S R Swanson for opening the gardens of Glanton Pyke Hall for our charity. Please do not miss out on this unique opportunity to visit this beautiful garden. Join us to enjoy the magnifi...
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Leaving a Legacy of Care – please help us to go on caring for people in our communities by remembering us in your will.
Making a will is one of the kindest things you can do for your loved ones. Writing a will is usually straightforward but we recommend that you seek guidance from a solicitor, who will be able to help you set out who you wish to remember in your will and exactly what you would like to leave them.
Mrs Smith (not her real name) left HospiceCare a residual legacy worth £10,000. Thanks to her we have offered care, at home, to 20 patients in Tweedmouth, Rothbury, Warkworth and other villages in Northumberland. She’s made their lives so much better. We will never forget her kindness – and neither will the families that we have been able to help.
“When my sister was first diagnosed with cancer the world seemed to stop. We were so worried about how we would cope. HospiceCare North Northumberland offered my sister a lifeline. She couldn’t get out easily and she felt a bit isolated. So every week a volunteer picked her up and took her to the day hospice. They gave her lots of support and helped her to carry on enjoying life. Later, when she became too poorly to go to the day hospice, the Hospice at Home team visited her in her own home. They were so kind. HospiceCare North Northumberland is run almost entirely on charitable donations, so I always give a little when I can and I try to support their events. And I have left them a gift in my will. It’s my way of making sure that they’ll still be here to help the next generation. It would be wonderful if you could do the same.”
If you would like to discuss leaving a gift to HospiceCare North Northumberland, please call the Hospice Finance Manager on 01665 606515. We would be delighted to talk to you.
How to include us in your will – examples of wording
A Pecuniary Gift allows you to leave a fixed sum of money in your will to your favourite cause.
I bequeath to HospiceCare North Northumberland, Castleside House, 40 Narrowgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1JQ, the sum of £_____________ to be applied to the general purposes of the said charity. Registered Charity Number 1103635
A Residual Gift is made after you have specified all your wishes for your oved ones. You could leave part or all of what is left of your Estate to HospiceCare North Northumberland.
I bequeath to HospiceCare North Northumberland, Castleside House, 40 Narrowgate, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1JQ, [the whole / one half / threequarters, for example] of my residuary estate to be applied to the general purposes of the said charity. Registered Charity Number 1103635
Note – it's always advisable to consult a solicitor when writing a will to ensure nothing of importance is forgotten.
Give a Minute Campaign
Give a Minute Could you support HospiceCare for one minute of work?
This year HospiceCare must raise £300,000 to continue providing care and support to patients and their families throughout North Northumberland and into the Scottish Borders. That&39;s £25,000 per month, £1,250 per day or £3 each working minute.
Could you Give a Minute by sponsoring HospiceCare for just £3 a month, a week or even a day to help fund the fantastic care we provide in your local community?
For example every month you could donate:
- £3 to sponsor one minute each month
- £6 to sponsor two minutes each month
- £12 to sponsor one minute each week
- £24 to sponsor two minutes each week
- £26 to sponsor three minutes each week
- £90 to sponsor one minute each day
- £180 to sponsor two minutes each day
Every minute counts for our patients - please donate now.
It costs around £300,000 each year to offer our current level of service, less than 15% of this amount comes from the NHS or other statutory sources. Financial contributions to the work of the hospice are vital.
To donate online, please click the Just Giving button on the right of the page.
We are looking for corporate partners, and to develop a relationship between HospiceCare and your company. By supporting HospiceCare you are contributing to the delivery of quality palliative care in our community and achieving some of your businesses corporate social responsibility objectives.
Staff involvement and recognition through fundraising for the HospiceCare is a great motivator and helps to develop new skills. Event participation brings benefits of developing team work and builds more dynamic teams. Through supporting HospiceCare your business could secure positive media and PR exposure which further enhances your own corporate image.
Your business will receive a Corporate Partner certificate. Our informative presentations to your staff will help motivate their involvement in your businesses valued contribution to the care of our patients.
HospiceCare is currently working with Morrisons in Alnwick, Berwick and Hawick.
For more information on becoming a corporate supporter, please contact our Fundraising Team, on 01665 606515
Support from Trusts and Foundations
HospiceCare is extremely grateful to the Trusts and Foundations which have funded its work.
We would like to thank the following for their recent support:
- Albert Hunt Trust
- Ballinger Charitable Trust
- Barbour Trust
- Butler Ember Charity
- Carr-Ellison Charitable Trust
- Catherine Cookson Trust
- Chichester Charitable Trust
- Christ's Hospital in Sherburn
- Community Foundation:John Bell Fund
- Community Foundation:Northern Angel Fund
- Community Foundation:Northern Angel Fund
- Dobson Family Charitable Trust
- E C Graham Charitable Settlement
- Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust
- Falloden Charitable Trust
- Freemasons Grand Charity
- Hadrian Trust
- Hugonin Family Trust
- Inman Charity
- J H Burn Charity Trust
- Lady of Mercy Institute
- Liddell-Simpson Charitable Trust
- Norman C Ashton Foundation
- Percy Hedley Charitable Trust, The
- Roger Vere Foundation
- Seahouses & District Cancer Care
- Sir James Knott
- Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust
- Sir Steven Middleton Charity Trust
- Souter Charitable Trust
- Sylvia Aitken Charitable Trust
- The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
- The Follett Trust
- The Haramead Trust
- The Joicey Trust
- UK Coal
- W A Handley
- Willan 1989 Charitable Trust
- William Webster Charitable Trust
- Xerox (UK) Ltd Foundation
- Yorkshire B S Charitable Foundation
Over the last decade people have come up with some wonderful, imaginative ideas for raising money and put them into action – a few examples are:
Sky dives - Hand made cards - Iron man competition - Bungee jumping - pub quizzes - running marathons - climbing mountains - fashion shows - teddy bear sale- headshaves - dog walking - The Bottle Belles nude calendar - bling stall - slimming - book sales - vintage tractor rallies - swimming - sponsored silence- school non uniform days - making and selling patchwork quilts and soft toys- car boot sales - donations in lieu of gifts on a special day.
Can you think of something which will capture the imaginations of your friends, family and colleagues and organise a fundraiser for HospiceCare??
For more ideas visit www.fundraiser-ideas.net
Promote your own event on Facebook through the HospiceCare page!
If you are organising your own event set up a Justgiving page to fundraise easily. Once you set up your page with HospiceCare as the benefiting charity all sponsor money raised on the page comes directly to the Hospice, saving you time as well!
Visit www.justgiving.com for more information.
Patient's and families stories
“The speed to which you responded to our needs was tremendous. It was a lifeline to us both and I especially appreciate the support you gave me in allowing my weekend breaks. Thank you”.
“Thank you for all your help and support, especially to those who organised carers and those who came to care, either during the day or at night. It was wonderful to be able to relax (a little!) and get some much needed sleep.
We looked forward to the carers coming and felt they were our friends as well carers. I realize that it is not easy to go in to a home where there is illness and stress, but all of you carers achieved this with professionalism and patience. All of the carers were cheerful, gentle, caring, kind and considerate, and it was always a joy to have them.
God bless you all for the service you give to our local community”.
“In particular the fact that you were able to care for me in our home was great, as it is not easy walking in bandages! Many, many thanks.”
“I am writing to thank you and all your colleagues for their kindness and dedication in the care of my wife”.
‘Hospice at Home ‘is a wonderful organization we were so lucky to have your support.”
"Coming to the Hospice for day care has given me some friendship and my wife a day off, all of the staff are excellent and listen to my needs. I look forward to coming - it is the highlight of my week."
"Sometimes it's hard to get out of bed in the morning to come to the hospice but it's worth the effort. The compassion I get from coming here is what I look forward to. My family are OK but some don't want to know about my illness , or they don't want to believe that I'm ill. I've always talked about my cancer from when I first had it because I think it might help others. People get better when they come to the Hospice - we don't all pop our clogs! It's a place for hope and we encourage each other, you have to be positive. My cancer is behaving itself at the moment and with the help of the staff at HospiceCare I am controlling it, I'm going to die of old age, not my illness."
"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate how much you did for me and Dad. Without you I would not have had anytime to do nice things.
You always had time for me and I looked forward to our chats, you may not realise but without you I would have found life very difficult. Thank you so much, I will never forget."
"I would like to thank all the staff at the Hospice for the time you spent with my husband. Ken was driven by a volunteer from our home to the Hospice every week, he was made to feel special and it was a day he looked forward to. It was something to make him feel as if he wasn’t on the scrap heap anymore. He would always talk about the great things that had happened whilst he was at day care and it helped me to have a day to myself. Thank you again for all the help and support you gave my family, it helped us to cope."
"Just a few words to say thank you to you and the team for all your kindness and support during Paul's last few months of his illness. Help was always available and various staff members came to our home bringing their own special abilities with them, therefore helping Paul and myself cope with the sadness of knowing he was going to die. It was wonderful to be able to look after him at home, but I could not have done that without all the support given. I will be forever grateful."
My name is Alison Colledge and I have been volunteering with HospiceCare for two and a half years. I saw a notice in the local post office asking for volunteers to work at the hospice and as a former nurse, the day care side appealed to me so I gave it a go!
I really enjoyed day care but the work of HospiceCare is ever changing and the needs of the people who use the hospice is changing.
I was asked if I would like to help with the running of a clinic that has replaced day care on Wednesdays. It offers patients an opportunity to come in, perhaps have a complementary therapy, a chance to talk and of course a cup of tea!
The time I have been helping with the clinic has been very enjoyable.
My name is Judith Draper and I have been helping out at the Hospice in Alnwick for over 4 years. I do massage therapies and Reiki. The patients get so much out of these therapies and I am very glad to help, as I can fit my volunteering in easily with my private practice.
It gives me a great feeling of pleasure to think how far we have come since 1994 when our hospice was just an idea. As a founder trustee it has been a real privilege to see the service develop over the years, not to mention a lot of hard work by a large number of people! But I would not have missed any of it.
I began work as a Macmillan nurse in 1992 and it was apparent there was a need for more local palliative care services to save patients travelling to and from Newcastle.
When a district nurse colleague and myself went to a lecture early in 1994 describing the benefits of Day Hospice care we knew that we needed something like that in our area. With support from health professionals and local people a group was formed and we took our ideas to the wider community in a series of meetings.
We also had the backing of our friend Hazel Marsden from the Marsden Charitable Trust. In recognition of her generous support our hospice property in Berwick is named after Hazel.
The strength of the community support carried us on to appoint staff and volunteers to set up a service offering day care one day a week in Alnwick and Berwick. Joan Robson and
her staff and volunteers welcomed patients for the first time in October 1995. It takes a substantial amount of money, and huge team effort from our staff, volunteers and trustees to provide services working closely with existing healthcare services.
I have seen how patients, their carers and family benefit from the numerous services we provide and how in many cases patients would struggle to be cared for at home without HospiceCare's valuable support. Our Hospice at Home service has demonstrated just how we can enable patients to remain at home, if existing services are unable to offer the level of support required.
Yet as many hospices around the country are well aware without the generous support from our local communities we would not be able to provide these important services.
So a big thank you once again for your continued support, we do appreciate it.