As this week is national Hospice Care Week, which highlights the work of hospices across the country, we take a look at the services on offer from HospiceCare North Northumberland, which has offices in both Alnwick and Berwick.
HospiceCare North Northumberland was created in 1995 by a small group of healthcare professionals, who were concerned about the availability of local palliative care in North Northumberland.
The nearest hospice facilities were in Newcastle and for many people, the distances involved were simply too great.
A ‘pilot’ hospice was developed using borrowed premises, and it quickly became apparent that the need was very real.
Fast forward almost 20 years and HospiceCare North Northumberland is continuing to thrive, despite the financial challenges that may be thrown.
HospiceCare delivers care and support to adults who have life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, motor neurone disease and other conditions, and their families and carers.
The charity is one of only a handful in the UK that provides day-centre services over two sites, with patients able to come in for a session to meet others and enjoy social activities.
And next year the hospice celebrates 20 years in operation, with events organised to mark the occasion.
Events to look out for at HospiceCare
Tuesday, October 7 to Monday, November 3 – Exhibition of photos at the Bailiffgate Museum, taken at HospiceCare’s open garden events this summer for a competition.
The winning image
will be used as promotional material for the
Friday, October 10 – Afternoon tea with Angela Baker at St James’ Church Centre, Alnwick, from 10.30am.
18 – Zipwire over the
23 – The Joy of Christmas Fair at Linden Hall,