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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 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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In Memory

Be More Dawn #ChooseHappy

“I never imagined I would lose my sister at the young age of 43. Dawn was a bright and colourful person who had a natural skill at making, and maintaining, hundreds of friendships."

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Volunteer Stories

Volunteering is my hobby, it’s something I’m good at and I enjoy it!

"I volunteer to give something back. I’ve never worked in retail, but I love it. I’ve built a rapport with the customers and we have some who come from miles away. I have got to know the regular customers enough to be able to point out items I think they’d like and have a chat with them."

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