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St Cuthbert’s Hospice is full of people with inspirational stories to tell. Patients, families, carers staff and volunteers are our greatest ambassadors and it is a privilege to share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of Hospice life.

Volunteer Stories

Meet our very own dream team, Maureen and Rita!

“I spent my first week at the coffee shop where I met Maureen and the rest is history.”

“We’ve been here ever since and always help out with Hospice events together. It’s great to have a catch up with a good friend and help the Hospice at the same time. We get to meet new people and spend time chatting to our Living Well Centre guests while they enjoy tea and a scone in the coffee shop.”

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Volunteer Stories

Meet Karl – Volunteer Retail Driver

“A year after Carmel’s passing, I decided that I wanted to give something back to the Hospice as a way of saying thank you for all they had done for us. I’d been lucky enough to retire from work and had a little spare time each week so I applied for a volunteer driver role. I’ve now been part of the team since 2018 and I enjoy every minute of it! I’d recommend it to anyone. If you’re at a loose end and have the time to spare, why not give your time to a worthy cause?”

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Volunteer Stories

Meet Adam – Gardening Volunteer

Adam has been volunteering with us in our Hospice Gardens since February 2019. Here, he shares his experience, hoping to encourage more young people to volunteer.

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Our Staff

There’s no right or wrong way to grieve

When someone is diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, or someone close to you dies, it’s normal to feel a huge range of emotions. Some of which you may never have experienced before. Each person’s experience will be different, and perhaps because there’s no right or wrong way to grieve this can often mean we struggle to navigate these feelings.

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Patient Stories

Anne’s Story

"I’d almost given up until I came here. My breathing was bad and I couldn’t eat anything when I arrived. I couldn’t believe how much they boosted me up and they got me eating meals again. It was so relaxing and homely, I sat reading books and sewing. I loved it and told them I didn’t want to leave!"

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Volunteer Stories

Meet Anna – Volunteer Retail Assistant

We sat down with Anna recently to chat about her role as Volunteer Retail Assistant at our Houghton-le-Spring shop. It was lovely to hear why she chose to volunteer and what it means to her.

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Volunteer Stories

Volunteering at Rainbow Ramble

"The Rainbow Ramble was a wonderful day of community, colours and most importantly charity."

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In Memory

Nathan Runs a Mile in Memory of Dad

7 year old Nathan Rennison takes on the Durham City Run in memory of his dad Andy Rennison.

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