Cheque for HospiceCare
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Cheque for HospiceCare




On the 22nd December 2008, W Bro Tony Smith, Secretary of Hulne Priory Lodge No. 6464 presented a cheque to the value of £1000.00 from our Grand Charity to Sue Gilbertson Clinical Services Manager of HospiceCare North Northumberland, Alnwick.  In attendance were WBro Colin Dodds of Coquetdale Lodge No. 5122, WBro Jack Knox, Secretary of Alnwick Lodge No. 1167 and WBo John Bamborough, Master of Hulne Priory Lodge No. 6464.  Behind the camera was APGM, Michael Daws.   The importance of cheques such as this one to the survival of this hospice is explained in the following note from Sue:

HospiceCare North Northumberland

HospiceCare North Northumberland provides care and support to adults, their families and carers who are living with a life limiting illness.  The Hospice was established in 1995 as a local service to meet the needs of local people living in North Northumberland with the aim to help people have the best quality of life possible irrespective of their diagnosis such as cancer, respiratory and heart disease and neurological disorders such as Motor Neurone Disease. 

There is a range of Hospice services available which are tailored to meet the individuals’ needs.  There is 2 Day Hospices in Alnwick and Berwick which both offer care and support in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Patients are offered professional support and advice from the nursing team including symptom control, diversional and creative activities such as art and crafts, complementary therapies such as aromatherapy, massage and relaxation, peer support and an opportunity to provide respite for the carer.  Patients, families and carers can also access services at home or on an appointment basis, if that is their preference, as it is equally important to support and care for families and carers affected by the illness.  Appointments are provided via Therapeutic Clinics where the patient, family and carer can access other professionals such as physiotherapy, benefit advisors for financial advice, lymphoedema nurse specialist, as well as receiving complementary therapies, counselling and cognitive behaviour hypnotherapy.

HospiceCare offers friendship, empathy and a safe place to talk about fears and hopes for the future, whether in the Hospice building itself or in someone’s home which is where most of the bereavement support is provided by skilled volunteers who provide the ‘listening ear’ approach and support those living with grief and loss, irrespective of whether they have had previous contact with the Hospice.

Every year HospiceCare has to raise £400,000 from charitable donations to keep providing its services, as the organisation receives less than 8% funding from the NHS.  All of HospiceCare’s services are free of charge, including meals and transport and there is huge support and commitment from local volunteers who help in all aspects of HospiceCare.

Thank you so much for your generous donation of £1,000 to HospiceCare.  It is support such as yours which help us to continue providing palliative care close to patients, families and carers homes living in North Northumberland.  

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