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Thousands of thanks paid to hospice in honour of Liz

HospiceCare North Northumberland co-ordinator Maxine Shell and hospice at home team members Cath McEwan and Cath Miller who cared for Lizzie Dodds in her last few weeks accept the cheque from Claire Gray, Phil Farmer and Georgette Farmer from The Cook and Barker.

HospiceCare North Northumberland co-ordinator Maxine Shell and hospice at home team members Cath McEwan and Cath Miller who cared for Lizzie Dodds in her last few weeks accept the cheque from Claire Gray, Phil Farmer and Georgette Farmer from The Cook and Barker.

A special fund-raising evening in memory of a member of staff from a village inn has raised more than £2,000 for the charity which looked after her during her cancer battle.

Lizzie Dodd, from Hampeth, passed away on June 16 last year, aged 54.

During her brave battle, she was cared for by HospiceCare North Northumberland’s Hospice at Home team.

The mum-of-two worked at the Cook and Barker Inn, at Newton on the Moor, for 22 years.

As a thank-you to the hospice and to commemorate the anniversary of her death, staff at the Inn organised a fund-raising evening at the venue and managed to raise £2,597.30 for the hospice.

The event, held on June 20, featured a raffle, chef auction, barbecue and live music.

Cook and Barker manager Claire Gray said: “We had an amazing turn-out on the night for Lizzie. A lot of her family and friends came along to support the night and we are really pleased with the money raised. I would like to thank everyone who supported the event, including people who made donations.”

The hospice is an independent charity and is the main provider of palliative care in north Northumberland, caring for adults, their families and careers, living with life-limiting illnesses.

Its Hospice at Home service is delivered all year round and the hospice needs to raise more than £350,000 a year.

The cheque was presented to members of HospiceCare North Northumberland last Thursday.

Maxine Shell, the Hospice at Home and bereavement coordinator, said: “It was a privilege to be involved with Lizzie and her family, providing Hospice at Home overnight care and support. One year on, it was lovely to meet up with her family at the event held in Lizzie’s memory. It was a fantastic evening.”

She added: “We have seen a 97 per cent increase in new referrals for our Hospice at Home services in the last year so the fantastic amount of money raised will allow us to continue to provide these vital services for local people.”

 

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