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Local Business to the Rescue

20th May 2024


This week we reached out to our local communities on Facebook to see if anyone could help tidy our patio garden at the front of Greensfield House. Almost immediately we received a call from William Purvis-inc. Alistair Turner Funeral Directors, who volunteered to help us. They sent a team to do the job the very same day! Thank you so much.

Local Business Donates a Loan Car

17th May 2024

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Huge thanks to Blackshaws for donating another fabulous loan vehicle this week for our nursing team to use when delivering our Hospice at Home care and support across North Northumberland. Blackshaws is our longest-running local business partnership which spans over 15 years. During that time the company has been heavily involved with various fundraising events for the Hospice and being a tremendous ambassador for our clinical services. Pictured: Daniel Blackshaws had the pleasure of handing over a new Suzuki Swift to HospiceCare North Northumberland

HospiceCare Appoints a New CEO

8th April 2024

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The Board of Trustees is delighted to announce Chris Orife's (above) appointment as the new full-time Chief Executive of HospiceCare North Northumberland.


Chris has been an integral part of HospiceCare for the past two years as the Care Manager and, more recently, as the Interim CEO. She has consistently showcased her exceptional leadership and strategic planning skills. Her extensive experience in Nursing, governance, and finance management has been instrumental in the growth and success of HospiceCare North Northumberland.


Chris's unwavering commitment to HospiceCare's values and proven leadership skills will ensure that she guides the Hospice toward successful strategic outcomes in the future. Chris will take up her new position at HospiceCare on 24th June 2024.


13th February 2024

Summary of Rothbury WI's 2023 Fundraising Efforts

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HospiceCare North Northumberland is delighted to announce that Rothbury WI has adopted us as their charity of the year for 2023. As part of their commitment to support the Hospice, the WI agreed to do a secret skinny dip to raise funds – which they hoped to raise at least £1,000.

The dip was completed at Sugar Sands Beach on 5th September and has raised currently raised £4,440! Smashing the original target out of the park.  


Julie Frost, HospiceCare’s Marketing & Communications Officer, said “We are delighted to have been chosen as Rothbury WI’s Charity of the Year 2023 because not only will it help generate vital funds, it will also help raise the profile of our Hospice at Home, Bereavement & Dementia Support Services to a much wider audience. Meeting Katy for the first time to discuss their latest fundraiser, I suggested they were all super-brave for signing up to complete a skinny dip. I asked if it had been a difficult task getting members to agree to take part?”


Katy Nickolls, Rothbury WI Secretary, added “I originally mentioned the idea of a skinny dip as a joke to members of the WI as our next  fundraiser.  To my surprise, several members said they thought it was a great idea and that they would do it – so the’ Secret Skinny Dip’ event was born. We are planning it very carefully with Health & Safety being a top priority but are keeping the exact date and beach location top secret, as we are a demure group of ladies after all! We will just promise to complete the challenge by the end of September this year and to post photographs as evidence (rear view only) on our website.”


Julie continues: “it doesn’t matter what size the donation, large of small, EVERY penny counts. This year HospiceCare’s running costs are expected to be around £1m. We will receive a 5% contribution from the NHS, the rest we have to find from fundraising events, donations, trusts and organisations, legacies and our charity shops. It would mean the world to us and the families we support, to help Rothbury WI achieve, or even exceed, their target of £1,000.”


 Tully's and The Narrow Nick on Rothbury High Street have both agreed to take a collection tin so people who want to pay cash can drop money in there. Or you can contact the Rothbury WI directly via


The members of the Rothbury WI are no strangers to fundraising for local causes. Over the last six years, they have raised over £8,000 for a variety of charities that provide services that are active in their local community. This has included Carers Northumberland, Thropton Warm Hub Lunch Club, The Coquetdale Bereavement Support Group, St Oswald’s Hospice, Northumberland Park Mountain Rescue, and the Women’s Refuge. However, the jewel in their fundraising crown has been the circa £10,000 raised for The Stephen Carey Foundation in 2014 from a ‘Vintage Rothbury’ event.

8th February 2024

Julie & Tara complete one half marathon, two walks and a coffee morning in aid of HospiceCare raising £4384.24

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Julie & Tara raised an impressive £4384.24 during 2023! They have been raising money in memory of their father Douglas, who was supported by our fabulous clinical team. The sisters took part in a few of our challenge events including The Holy Island Hospice Hike and the inaugural Light up the Glendale Night up Humbleton Hill. They also hosted a coffee morning, which was a huge success with many local businesses donating raffle prizes. More than 100 guests attended the event at the Spittal Community Centre and it raised £1,910.69. Having dedicated supporters is invaluable to HospiceCare North Northumberland, and we are so proud of their fundraising efforts throughout 2023. Thank you Julie & Tara!

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