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The meeting was opened by Chairman Tony Willis, who explained about the new data protection laws and asked us to fill in the forms. He explained that the members' register will be updated and kept in line with the new legislation.

Tuesday, 26th June 2018, 9:00 am

After this, he reminded us that it was the anniversary of D-Day, and welcomed two new members.

Our secretary Fraser Suffield gave the apologies for absence, and both our secretary and treasurer Forbes Grant assured us of the satisfactory state of their responsibilities.

Fraser told us that membership had fallen very low and that anyone who wished to join us should approach a member or contact him on 01665 576236.

We were then introduced to speaker Julie Frost to give a talk entitled HospiceCare North. Julie is marketing and communications manager for HospiceCare North Northumberland and told us of the work that the organisation started in 1995 and carries out in an area that starts just North of Morpeth, ending just beyond Berwick.

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Its mission is to deliver free palliative care in the home to patients who can be referred by healthcare professionals or by themselves.

It is in receipt of £40,000 out of an amount required of £660,000pa, the remainder coming from legacies, donations, open gardens, community events and shops in Berwick, Wooler and Amble. The Amble shop is opening shortly.

The staff is largely volunteers with a hub of nursing and administrative professionals. They provide the means to give bereavement support, hospice care, dementia care support, overnight care and support for carers and family.

After a question and answer session, thanks for a well prepared and presented talk about an essential service, run by caring people, was given by Gordon Cowan.

Our next meeting is on July 4.