We are a very small team here at HospiceCare, supported by volunteers and keep costs to a minimum, but still need to find £500,000 a year to provide our existing services.
I joined the Hospice in 2007 after working as a District Nurse in the Alnwick area for 3 years. Throughout my nursing career I have always had a passion and interest in caring for people at the end of their lives and have recently achieved a First Class Honours Degree in Palliative Care.
Bereavment Support Coordinator
I have worked at HospiceCare for 11 years now and my love for my job continues to grow! I am passionate about providing the best Palliative and Bereavement care and support possible to our patients and their families.
Lymphoedema Nurse Specialist
I started work at the Hospice in 2003 working mainly in day care and half a day a week in the lymphoedema clinic. The demand for the lymphoedema service grew and grew and now takes up most of my time. Although I also get involved with Hospice at Home as well.
Since joining the Hospice in 2012 I have been part of the clinical team expanding and developing our Hospice@Home service. My role is varied and I consider it an honour to be involved with people and their families within their own homes.
I have worked for HospiceCare since 2009, during this time I have met some wonderful people. I have travelled all over North Northumberland looking after people who wish to end their final days in their own home. I care and support patients night and day, to give relatives some time to shop, pay bills or get some sleep. I always want to make sure that the patient is safe, comfortable and pain-free, as well as offering support to their family. It’s a job I really love and a privilege to be part of the hospice.
What HospiceCare means to me: It’s such a rewarding job and I love it. I’m able to make a big difference to loved ones and their families, just going that extra mile is such a fantastic feeling. It’s important to me that families can have spiritual and emotional support in the comfort of their own homes.
Dementia Care Team
We would like to introduce Betty Lucas and Lee Curtis who have joined HospiceCare to help deliver an exciting new project addressing end of life care for people with dementia, living in care homes across North Northumberland and their families.
There still remains a poor understanding about the needs of people with dementia and their families as they approach end of life.
Betty and Lee’s wealth of experience as mental health nurses in hospitals and the community will compliment skills already in the HospiceCare clinical team.
(Pictured Betty Lucas and Lee Curtis with Sue Gilbertson HospiceCare Clinical Manager and Dr Alison McKenna, Board of Trustees)
I have worked in charity accounts since 2001 and joined the Hospice team part time in 2006. As we are a small organisation, my job is varied covering all areas the charity’s finances including payroll, which is challenging but enjoyable. As Company Secretary I also support the Board of Trustees in their governance of the Charity.
I joined the Hospice Finance team part-time in Nov 2010, having worked with charity accounts for over 20 years, and business accounts for too long to tell.
I joined HospiceCare in January 2008 as a fulltime member of the Administration team. I am now part time working 3 days per week - 2 days in reception and one with the Nursing team.
I have worked for the Hospice for nearly 4 years now. I love working at HospiceCare, being front of house, I meet with an array of people who may need our help and they give me a sense of being needed as well.
Marketing, PR & Corporate Co-ordinator
I’ve been part of the HospiceCare fundraising team for the last 5 years, having previously been a volunteer for 2 years. My role involves raising awareness of our clinical services and encouraging donations from private individuals, as well as Businesses both large and small.
Events & Community Fundraiser
I joined HospiceCare in August 2012 and alongside Emma organise events and meet some wonderful people along the way.
Events & Community Fundraiser
I originally joined HospiceCare as a volunteer in April 2012 and joined the Fundraising team in September 2012. I enjoy meeting incredibly brave challengers and have also completed a few myself including 3 Great North Runs and 2 full Marathons. I also abseiled off Bamburgh Castle this year – as a fundraiser I think I should only ask supporters to do things I would do myself. Call me on 01665 606515 if you would like to take on a challenge of your own.
I started volunteering on Reception when my second child started School and really enjoyed coming in every week to help such a special set of people. In October 2013 I applied for a new Fundraising Administrator post and was thrilled to get the part time post. My Mother-in-Law lost her battle to cancer last year and we were indebted to the support that her local Hospice provided and so I couldn’t think of a more worthwhile place to work.
Wear & Care Shop Manager
I joined the team at HospiceCare as Wear & Care Shop Manager in October 2016. I am thrilled to be the new shop manager and look forward to the challenge. I am passionate about the Hospice and the work it does as during a close friends illness, I became involved in the Hospice, organising events to fundraise.