HospiceCare North Northumberland

Caring for Life!

Family stories

“It was August 2014 when my wife, Lesley, had the results of yet another scan that showed further progression of her secondary cancer and we realised she was running out of treatment options. Lesley was originally diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 aged 43
I worked in the NHS, as a mental health nurse, for 30 years until I took early retirement to support and care for Lesley all the time. I felt it had become an impossible situation to try and continue working and look after Lesley at the same time, as it left me feeling that I wasn’t doing my job properly or looking after Lesley properly – and I had no doubts she was my priority.

Judi’s Story…

Many moons ago, I trained as a nurse at the RVI and have on a voluntary basis nursed in a residential hospice in the south of England. I have been involved with end-of-life care many times, but nothing fully prepares you for the imminent death of someone you love.

My wife, Anne , was just 57 when she was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was an enormous shock because she was so young, had always been fit and healthy and had never smoked a cigarette in her life!

“On Valentine’s Day last year Val pencilled a circle around her husband’s photograph with the words “Alyn, I draw a circle, not a heart around you because a heart can break, but a circle goes on forever.” Here’s her story…

A Personal Story...Billy Atkinson

Billy Atkinson was 84 years old when he died on 22nd May 2017 and he was my Dad!

If you have been inspired and would like to take on a challenge whether it is a walk, run, Zipslide or
one of your own ideas, to raise funds for HospiceCare then please do get in touch with Emma Arthur

Our Services

Various complementary therapies, including massage, hypnotherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, reiki, Indian head massage and aromatherapy are…

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  • Generic - Sue You can contact Sue Gilbertson, HospiceCare Clinical Manager, or one of our nursing team on 01665 606515 or fill in our enquiry form. All HospiceCare services are free of charge and a GP referral is not required.


Castleside House,
40 Narrowgate, Alnwick,
Northumberland NE66 1JQ
Tel: 01665 606515
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