“We were thrilled to accept an incredibly generous donation from the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust towards equipment for our Newcastle Hospice. This support will bring enormous benefit to people with a terminal illness and their families across the North East.

It is vital that patients feel as comfortable as possible within our hospice and are able to cherish each day with their families and friends, which is why specialist equipment such as beds and mattresses are so important. The profiling beds assist in maintaining comfort and dignity during nursing procedures and aid infection control, whilst the use of high specification pressure relieving mattresses can greatly reduce the chance of developing painful pressure damage. With the support of the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust we were able to purchase 12 specialist beds and 16 specialist mattresses.

We were also able to purchase eight McKinley Syringe Pumps which provide a continuous dose of medication to control symptoms such as pain, sickness and agitation. It is so important we keep our medical facilities up to date in order to continue to deliver high quality care for our patients.

The Marie Curie Hospice Newcastle has been caring for people since 1995 and all our services are completely free of charge. The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust donation means we can continue to deliver the best quality care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Because when you are living with a terminal illness, every day of your life matters.”

Helen Forrow, Hospice Manager