Embleton WI, February meeting

For their February meeting, the members of Embleton WI welcomed Julie Frost and Sue Gilbertson of HospiceCare North Northumberland to the Creighton Hall.

Sue Gilbertson, the hospice manager, commenced by giving a history of HospiceCare which was established in 1995 to give care and support to adults, and their families, who have a life-limiting illness.

HospiceCare is one of the few UK hospices providing care over two sites, one in Alnwick, Narrowgate and in Berwick at the old Seaman’s Mission opened as the result of a legacy.

The trustees, full and part-time staff plus a band of volunteers unite to provide a range of services including therapeutic clinics, lymphoedema management, caring for carers, bereavement support and complementary therapies.

Julie Frost, responsible for PR, marketing and fund-raising gave details of fund-raising and how members could help.

The hospice requires in excess of £300,000 per year to deliver their services of which only 14 per cent is received from the NHS.

Regular donations, legacies and help at events such as the Open Gardens scheme are essential parts of income.

Following questions, the speakers were thanked by Mrs M Emmerson on behalf of the members.

After tea and refreshments, the members held their business meeting led by the president, Mrs N Ham.

Future events were highlighted, the quiz team selected for an evening at Beadnell.

The competition winners for the theme Valentines were: 1 Mrs L Harris ; 2 Miss J Littler; 3 Mrs J Laidler. The raffle winner was Mrs S Black.