Ex-volunteer joins hospice fund-raisers

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A PONTELAND woman was so impressed with a North East hospice that she has now joined its team.

Emma Noble, who graduated from the University of Sunderland earlier this year, has been appointed a fund-raiser for St Oswald’s Hospice in Gosforth.

The former Ponteland High School pupil first saw the hospice’s services when her grandad was admitted five years ago, and she has since served as a volunteer.

Now she will work with supporters to raise funds, offer advice to organisations wishing to get involved and give talks about the hospice’s work and how people can help.

She said: “I first came across St Oswald’s when my grandad was admitted as an in-patient five years ago.

“The time he spent in St Oswald’s was really inspiring and motivated me to volunteer at the hospice.

“I loved my time helping the fund-raising team so much that I jumped at the chance to join the team full-time.

“I can’t wait to get involved with communities. Fund-raising for a cause that really does make a direct difference to people from their area is so important and I’m excited to be part of it.”

Ms Noble will be joined by fellow new recruits Hugh Medcalf and Danielle Neighbour in the team.

St Oswald’s Head of Fund-raising Viv Williamson said: “We are delighted to welcome Emma, Hugh and Danielle to St Oswald’s. The new members of the team have come from a range of backgrounds and each brings with them a huge variety of experience and knowledge.

“This, combined with their energy and enthusiasm, will hold them in good stead in such a fast-paced fund-raising environment.”

For more information about St Oswald’s, call 0191 246 9123, or email fund raising@stoswaldsuk.org