Dedication is on the menu

HOSPICE cooks, Susan Hutchinson, left, Janet Henderson, centre, and Jeanette Linsel
HOSPICE cooks, Susan Hutchinson, left, Janet Henderson, centre, and Jeanette Linsel

TEAMWORK and a love of the job.

They are the ingredients for success in the kitchen at Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Five people serve up 50 meals each and every day - making sure that breakfast, dinner, tea and supper is all covered.

Some of that team took time out from their busy schedule to speak to the Mail and it soon became clear they love their work.

Susan Hutchinson has been there for seven years and said: “For people who are not here, they may think of it as a sombre place. To be honest, it is quite the opposite and people have the wrong opinion of it.

“If they were to just visit for a day, they would get to look round and perhaps decide that they would want to become a volunteer.”

Fellow cook Jeanette Linsel, who has been there for two years, said: “Until it affects you as a person, you don’t realise that it is there and you don’t realise the work that it does.”

A third member of the team is Janet Henderson who started at the Hospice in April as a cleaner and was taken on as a cook in October.

She explains how they will produce soups, mains and a dessert both for in patients, outpatients and the hospice staff.

“I love my work and I think we all do,” she adds. “We are here to provide the daily requirements for food and nutrition.”

“It is teamwork but mainly, it is the fact that I am providing for the patients which gives me job satisfaction,” Sue adds.

“It is nice to get to know them as well as their families.”

Hartlepool & District Hospice, based in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, is a registered charity.

Individuals who access hospice services can be living with a variety of illnesses including cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, motor neurone disease, end stage heart disease and Parkinson’s.

To find out more, visit the website at or contact (01429) 855555.