Play a part in your hospice

Hartlepool and District Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall
Hartlepool and District Hospice chief executive Tracy Woodall

PEOPLE are being invited to find out more about the work of Hartlepool & District Hospice and celebrate their achievements of the last year.

The Hospice is getting ready to hold its AGM at Hartlepool College of Further Education and it the public are welcome to attend.

Chief executive Tracy Woodall said the hospice is playing an increasingly important role in the care of people from the town as other health services are cut or are transferred.

Ms Woodall said: “The AGM is an opportunity for us to showcase the work we have been doing in the past year.

“We will be highlighting our achievements and taking about what patients can expect as we move forward with our health services.

“With health services moving out of hospital the hospice is becoming even more important as a place for people to access services, not just the traditional end of life services, but lots of things to promote good health and reduce social isolation.”

This summer saw the opening of a new £555,000 Holistic Wellbeing Centre at Wells Avenue which provides a range of care and complimentary therapies, freeing up space in the existing hospice building.

And a new nursing wing for long term patients is due for completion later this month.

Ms Woodall added: “It is the public that keep us running so the meeting is also an opportunity for everyone who has done fundraising and donated goods to see what has been achieved with that.”

The AGM will also include the presentations of Volunteer Long Service Awards, Staff Development Certificates and Commendation Awards.

There will also be presentations from the Ms Woodall, and the hospice’s treasurer and chair.

And Launa Jones, daughter of hospice founder Alice Bendle, will look back on the progress the hospice has made over the years.

Its annual accounts for year up to March 31, will be presented. The AGM is on Thursday, September 25, at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.