l This week is National Volunteers Week and as we celebrate our 25th year of providing care for North East children, young people and adults with life limiting conditions.

I would like to say a big thank you to all one thousand of our volunteers for their dedication and hard work. Outnumbering paid staff 4:1, our volunteers really are the life force which drives our organisation. Our volunteers come from all walks of life and all age groups from 16 through to 92.

With the help of our volunteers, we are able to raise the £6.5 million we need to keep our services free and available to all families in need.

On behalf of myself, the staff and all those who directly benefit from care at St Oswald’s, thank you, we are greatly indebted to you all.

James Ellam,

Chief Executive,

St Oswald’s Hospice