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We welcome Carrie Rochford to our clinical  team

21st May 2021

Carrie Rochford joined us this month as our new Hospice at Home Lead. Carrie is a registered nurse (RGN) who will be the team lead for our RGN’s, Healthcare Assistants, and Support Workers.  Her post will see her grow and develop the Hospice at Home service that we offer within North Northumberland. She has been a nurse for 12 years, 10 of which she spent serving in the Royal Air Force. Carrie really enjoys being outdoors and has recently taken up running as a hobby again.

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Local Berwick Business Raises Funds for HospiceCare

19th May 2021

The McPherson Dance Studio based in Berwick took part in the 310,000 Steps Challenge event last month to raise funds for HospiceCare and two other charities.  In total with the support of their Junior section, a team of parents, families and friends of The McPherson Dance Studio they raised an incredible £1,148.06, including Gift Aid,  for HospiceCare North Northumberland who was nominated by a parent of a junior student saying “I wanted  to  raise money for HospiceCare because they cover the whole of this area and rely on donations to keep going, they were there for my mother in law ( as well as the whole family) in her final months and were nothing short of amazing”

Lianne McPherson owner of The McPherson Dance Studio said “I’m aware that the past year has been an incredibly difficult time for everyone and the impact on small charities has been significant. It was for that reason that our team of students, parents, friends and families of The McPherson Dance Studio decided to come together, challenge themselves, and raise as much money as possible for these three very worthwhile charities who will each benefit immensely from the money raised. The event was a great success with the youngest team member aged just 3 years old. In total we completed 5,368,396 steps and over 2,291 miles walked.  One team member absolutely smashed it by completing double the target at 627,423 steps!! A huge well done to each and every one of our team! You are all amazing! We are blown away by the support and generosity of all of you who have donated. Thank you all!

The money raised for HospiceCare will contribute towards the delivery of over 45 hours of specialist Hospice at Home care and support. You can find out more information about this special fundraiser and make a donation retrospectively if you wish by please visit:



Blackshaw's Alnwick

9th February 2021

Blackshaw's is one of HospiceCare's valued local business supporters.

As part of their support, each year they loan a new car to our clinical team to ensure they can get out in all weathers to deliver our specialist Hospice at Home care and support to families living in some of the most remote parts of North Northumberland. Here's our clinical lead, Nina Burnett, today who visited Blackshaw's to collect a brand new loan vehicle, a Suzuki Ignis AllGrip. Sue Blackshaw said" We're delighted to continue our support for the Hospice, particularly in these challenging times, and hope this new 4x4 is especially useful during the current snowy and icy weather. Drive safely."

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Nina's Prestigious Award

January 2021

We are super-proud of our clinical lead, Nina Burnett, who recently, upon completion of her palliative care degree, received a major award - The Jennifer Cole Award for her services to Palliative Care. Nina first heard about her Jennifer Cole award back in February last year (pre-covid). She was contacted by the lead tutor for palliative care at Northumbria University to inform her that she had been nominated for her contribution to palliative care. There was a delay in receiving her award due to the covid pandemic, so eventually, in November 2020 it was decided to hold the ceremony virtually. On receiving her award Nina said

“I was thrilled when I heard I was to receive this award – for my work to be recognised at what was such a challenging time for me, has made it feel all the more worthwhile. My hard work, passion, and dedication to improving palliative and end-of-life care have not gone unnoticed and I feel honoured that Northumbria University recognised that in me. It has made me even more determined to make whatever improvements I can for the community I am part of”

Please join us in wishing Nina (pictured above)  huge congratulations on her award - one that's incredibly well deserved.

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Clinical News
9th July 2020

“A more seamless approach to palliative care in North Northumberland”

During COVID-19 HospiceCare North Northumberland has been working in partnership with nine surgeries that form part of Well Up North, an NHS Primary Care Network and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, to ensure an even more joined up approach to the palliative care needs of our rural communities. This collaboration means that HospiceCare’s clinical team is on the front line responding to the needs of our palliative patients at home ensuring they get the specialist end-of-life care they need. 

HospiceCare’s Clinical Lead, Nina Burnett, said “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work collaboratively with Healthcare professionals across our area. It allows our clinical team to share their knowledge, skills and experience of palliative and end-of-life care with the wider healthcare team and improves communication and integrated ways of working.  We have always had a good relationship with the primary care and community teams and this opportunity allows us to grow and further develop that collaboration because ultimately, we all have the same goal in mind which is to achieve the best outcome for patients and their families.”

Dr Saul Miller, Glendale Surgery, and Clinical Lead for Well Up North said “We are delighted to have formed a closer working relationship with HospiceCare. This move is in keeping with the national drive to ensure we (NHS) are making the best use of all our resources and also in keeping with the underlying aim in the NHS to be more integrated in our approach. We feel this is a big step in the right direction for North Northumberland residents, helping to bring a more seamless approach to palliative and end-of-life care.” 

Whilst the partnership with Well Up North continues for the benefit of our local communities, HospiceCare remains an independent local charity and as such, still needs to continue to generate their income from donations, fundraising, trusts and legacies.    

(Image above: HospiceCare Clinical Lead, Nina Burnett with Amble Community Matron, Bernice McCaig)