Meet Nicola Winwood
Nicola is In Memory Fundraiser at Alice House
“I first became involved with Alice House in December 2013 when my nanna was admitted for end of life care very suddenly.
She was transferred from North Tees Hospital and as soon as she was admitted we knew it was a lovely place. Over the next 2 weeks my nanna gradually got better and the doctor even said “it is a miracle” and after 2 weeks in the Alice House she came home for what she thought was going to be her last Christmas.
Over 6 years later and my nanna is still here today, if it wasn’t for Alice House staff it would have been very different.
In 2014 my uncle became one of the first residents in the Long Term Unit where he was very well cared for in his final months.
When I saw a job advertised at Alice House as an In Memory Fundraiser I instantly wanted it and was so happy when I got the job in February 2017. I love being a part of Alice House, meeting families who are going through such awful times but are still so thoughtful and supportive of the Hospice.
Ever since then my family has been very grateful for everything Alice House did for us so we have had charity nights, taken part in sponsored events such as Santa Fun Run and Great North Run and charity box collecting as a way for saying thank you.
A few months ago my father in law was diagnosed with cancer and didn’t have very long left and I knew straight away he needed help from Alice House. We were so glad when he was admitted to the hospice so we could get him out of hospital, he only came here for a few days but the care he received was amazing. The staff were fantastic, they made sure he was comfortable, always told the family what was happening, made arrangements for us to stay overnight etc. After he had passed away the staff gave him dignity and the family had privacy to say goodbye for as long as we wanted.
I am so grateful for everything that the hospice has done for my family members over the last few years and I am so proud to work here and be a part of it.”