Sunday, 3 August 2014

Tynedale Hospice open a new store in Ponteland

The BBC's Colin Briggs presided over the opening of the new store in Ponteland on Friday where a packed shop celebrated the expansion of Tynedale Hospice at Home to Ponteland.

The store is so much more than a charity shop - as it has a delightful cafe in the back with delicious cakes, scones and the like to turn the shop into a destination in its own right.

It was a good opportunity for me to spend time with the many volunteers and professional staff at Tynedale Hospice, and to raise a salute to Brian Massey MBE, who leads the organisation with unflagging enthusiasm and who was recently given his well deserved honour by the Queen. It was a great afternoon for all those who braved the thunderstorm. And the short speech by Colin put it very well - that Tynedale Hospice at Home are the ones who look after the ill and the elderly so well, and that they are the helpers there to cope with death and disaster. If you can support this wonderful charity please do so.

Coming soon on Sunday August 17 in Hexham from 2-7 is our own Charity Cricket Match raising money for Tynedale Hospice at Home (of which more to follow!)

Then on Tuesday October 14th Rob Caskie is returning to give his talk at the Queens Hall on Rorkes Drift. Anyone who heard him last year will know that he is the finest of all speakers and with a tale to tell that will stir the blood of any Briton. It is an event not to be missed.