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Monday 9th May 2022

TIME TO CELEBRATE!

We are delighted to announce that HospiceCare's local Family/Bereavement Support Volunteers won the Mayor's Civic Award 2021/2022 - and to say that we are feeling proud is probably an understatement!

Last night, for the first time in three years Alnwick Town Council hosted their Mayor’s Civic Awards ceremony which recognized residents who have helped their fellow citizens.


Town Mayor, Cllr Lynda Wearn, said “The people receiving the awards this evening have and do make an enormous difference to many people and to Alnwick itself.  Although their awards are for a range of reasons they all share a common thread – they have all ‘gone the extra mile' for Alnwick and its residents.”

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6th May 2022

We are pleased to confirm that we have appointed Mike Thornicroft, CEO Tynedale Hospice at Home, as our interim CEO initially for the next twelve weeks, working two days a week. Mike officially joined us today (3rd May 2022) and takes over from Bev Reid, who has been working with us on secondment for the last six weeks.

Whilst Bev Reid’s six-week secondment has now come to an end, we will continue to work collaboratively with Bev, as CEO of Dementia Matters, on the future of palliative care work with people affected by Dementia which I, the Trustees and our nursing team recognise is an integral part of our care delivery. 

We are confident that Mike’s experience and leadership in the Hospice sector will have a positive impact now and in the weeks ahead. Mike will be responsible for enabling HospiceCare to get our Hospice at Home services up and running as soon as practically possible, working closely with Chris Orife (Tynedale) and our nursing team. He will ensure strong leadership and support to maximise our opportunities over the coming weeks and there is an expectation that with Tynedale’s support, we will have our Hospice at Home services up and running by the end of this month. We will of course, continue to keep you updated.

We want to take this opportunity to thank our communities for their continued support during this period which has enabled our Dementia and Bereavement Support services to continue as normal, our shops to remain open and our fundraising team to continue running their events - and for that, we are incredibly grateful.

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14th April 2022

We are delighted to announce that Lindsay Black has been appointed as our new Clinical Services Coordinator. Lindsay is no stranger to HospiceCare having been one of our Bank Hospice at Home team for the last three years.


“I’ve spent the last 23 years working in the NHS mainly caring for the elderly and those in palliative care, and in the last 3 years I’ve also been one of the Bank Nursing Assistants with HospiceCare’s Hospice at Home team. So I’m now really excited to be given the opportunity to work full time as Clinical Services Coordinator for the Hospice.

This is a new position within the charity and my role is to support the Hospice Clinical team to enable the effective provision of a high quality service to patients, and their families, by service coordination and logistical support to the patient and client based services at HospiceCare North Northumberland.

I live in Alnwick with my husband, two children and our family dog, Bertie and when I’m not working, I love to read, cook, follow Newcastle United and fundraise for HospiceCare.”

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Saturday 26th February 2022

On Saturday evening we attended the RTS (Royal Television Society) Awards. Our film 'A Day in the Life' came joint runner up in its category out of 11 entries so we are all feeling rather chuffed and very proud. 

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28th January 2022

Today we bid adieu to our wonderful and very much loved Staff Nurse, Debbie Allen, as she leaves HospiceCare to work as a Community Staff Nurse for the Berwick District Nursing Team. Debbie has been part of our nursing team for over 18 years and whilst we will miss her so much, we wish her lots of luck and happiness in her new role.

“It has been a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful team and while I am sad to leave, I am looking forward to a new challenge. Hopefully, I will get to work alongside the Hospice at Home team in my new role and I will continue to encourage care and support from the Hospice.” Debbie Allan