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New Chairman for HospiceCare
21st November 2019
HospiceCare North Northumberland announced this week that Dr Jane Lothian has stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees due to an increased external workload. However, she will remain in her other position as Chairman of the Integrated Governance Committee.
Dr Lothian’s successor is Lucy Carroll, who has been part of the Hospice Board of Trustees since March 2017. On her appointment as Chairman Lucy said “I am excited and privileged to be Chairman of HospiceCare North Northumberland, which is a unique local charity, providing invaluable palliative nursing care, which enables people to end their lives with dignity and comfort in their own home, along with critical support for carers and the bereaved. We are fortunate to have a committed and skilled team of employees and volunteers, led by our enthusiastic CEO Paul Jones-King. In addition, we have tremendous support from our local communities who work tirelessly to help raise vital funds.”
Lucy confirmed that she planned to build on the work of the previous HospiceCare Chairs by continuing to develop the charity’s overall strategic direction to ensure a secure future for the Hospice. Simon Hulme, who joined the Board of Trustees earlier this year has been appointed as Vice-Chairman.
26th September 2019
HospiceCare’s Chairman, John Swanson, has announced his retirement. John joined the hospice as a Trustee in March 2007 and has served on various committees. CEO, Paul Jones-King said “The Hospice has benefitted greatly from John’s business skills and experience. For the past two years he has given leadership as chair of the board. Throughout his time as a trustee he has worked hard to understand and promote the charity’s services to local people and seen developments through adding a hospice at home to the most recent move into specialist dementia care. His enthusiasm for HospiceCare’s mission has helped to raise our profile in the community and brought many new supporters on board. HospiceCare’s vice-chair, Dr Jane Lothian, has been appointed as John’s successor.
Dementia Walking Football
15 August 2019
We are delighted to announce that in partnership with Newcastle United Foundation and Active Northumberland, we are launching Dementia Walking Football, which will be held at Willowburn Leisure Centre Alnwick and Swan Leisure Centre Berwick. Dementia Football starts in September and will take place weekly for 10 weeks. After each game, there will be an opportunity to share memories of a cuppa and cake.
Pictured L-R Paul Yeardon, Newcastle United Community Coach Alnwick, Debbie Allan Deputy Clinical Lead HospiceCare, Steve Temple Active Northumberland, Berry Lucas Admiral Nurse HospiceCare, and Regan Graham Newcastle United Community Coach Berwick.
Local Business Support
We're delighted to announce that JH Greenwood Chartered Accountants at Berwick, have generously donated 12 preloved computers to HospiceCare and in support, Greenwood's IT support company, Kreative Technology Berwick, owned by Andrew Smith (chair of Berwick's Cancer Cars has kindly agreed to prepare the computers for us to use.
Pictured L-R: Stuart Robinson (Kreative Technology), Paul, Jones-King, (HospiceCare CEO), Mark McLeman (Director) and Ceri Leather Practice Manager (JH Greenwood)
Clinical Lead Raising Funds
24th April 2019
"I have worked as a nurse with HospiceCare for over 6 years now and I find it a truly inspirational and upbeat organisation to be part of. One of the demands of my role caring for people with incurable, life limiting illnesses is the emotional challenge. How do I do what I do?... people, that's why. I marvel at the strength and resilience of the families and people I care for. Which motivated me to want to challenge myself, to raise money to give back to a charity that has such an essential and necessary service for my local community. On 6th May, I will be walking 26 miles along the Northumberland coastline and every single penny raised will go to HospiceCare." Nina Burnett, HospiceCare Clinical Lead
We're on the Move
24th April 2019
After 20 years working out of their Alnwick building, Castleside House, HospiceCare is moving to the other side of town on 10th May 2019, into a building that will allow them to further grow and develop their dementia and hospice at home services across North Northumberland. This will then provide the hospice with purpose-designed buildings in both Alnwick at Greensfield House and in Berwick at Hazel Marsden House. Pictured: Kris Burnett, KB Surveying with HospiceCare’s CEO, Paul Jones-King inspecting the new floorplans at Greensfield House.
20th April 2019
Want to be in with a chance of winning a brand new Suzuki SwiftRaffle tickets only £2 Come and meet us at our HospiceCare charity shops : Amble - Easter Saturday 10-2pm Wooler -Easter Sunday 10-2pm. Car kindly donated by Blackshaws, Alnwick, Car Dealership.
Berwick Concert Band
A huge thank you to Berwick Concert Band for a thrilling and exhilarating concert on Saturday. Thanks too to the audience and volunteers. The grand total raised was £411.97 - which will support clinical care for local people at the most vulnerable time of their lives.
New CEO Appointed
22nd March 2019
The HospiceCare Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Paul Jones-King as Chief Executive. Paul, a highly qualified nurse and manager, joins us on the 1st April 2019 bringing a wealth of experience from the health service and the hospice sector. We are sad to say goodbye to David Atkinson, General Manager. David’s contribution to the work of the hospice has been immense. Firstly as a trustee and treasurer in which capacity he was hugely successful in expanding the charity's income stream and more recently as general manager where he has been instrumental in continuing and augmenting that success by setting up our small network of shops which are now making a substantial contribution to our income and expansion of our services.
Local Media Support
February 2019 saw the launch of our newspaper column every fortnight in Northumberland Gazette and Berwick Advertiser. The editorial space has been kindly donated in support of our clinical services. "Were delighted to help when HospiceCare North Northumberland asked if we would publish a column highlighting its valuable work. The charity is such an important part of our community and is highly regarded by so many of our readers and advertisers. It is a pleasure to offer our support." Anna Smith. JPIMedia Limited
Local Business Support
Thank you Berwick Smile Dental Care for committing to support us for another year! As 250+ members of HospiceCare’s Caring for Life Business Club, Berwick Smile’s financial support directly funds our vital nurse-led clinical Hospice at Home service. The Berwick Smile team also enjoyed raising funds for HospiceCare by taking part in our zipslide across the Tyne last year. Find out how your business can become part of our philanthropic business club. Contact email@example.com.
21st March 2019
Turnbull's team presenting us with a cheque for £2357.7 from the week of fundraising activities for the hospice.
Local Business Support
"The second of our Centenary £100 donations nominated by our local community goes to HospiceCare North Nothumberland who provide care and support to people living with life-limiting illnesses through their Hospice at Home service We were so pleased that Jackie Kaines Lang was able to pop round and pick up the cheque from Richard Ayre. Jackie told us £100 will contribute to about four hours of palliative clinical care and support of local people in their own homes at the most vulnerable time of their lives." Greaves West & Ayre
Local Community Support
Berwick Community Choir, led by Judith Richards, presented a £300 cheque to HospiceCare North Northumberland last week.
Jackie Kaines Lang, Community Fundraiser, HospiceCare, Berwick said, ‘This is a wonderful and generous donation which will provide 14 hours of Hospice at Home Care – that’s tailored palliative care and support for local people when and where they need it. We are so lucky to benefit from the support of local community groups like the Community Choir.’