Our Ambassadors help us to spread the word about the important work we do, whilst supporting us through fundraising, volunteering and encouraging other people to join in too. We are so grateful to our ambassadors for their dedication and commitment. Thank you.

Ben Gibson

Former Middlesbrough FC player, Ben Gibson, has been an ambassador of our hospice since 2017.

Our hospice is really close to Ben's heart, after his family have seen first hand the care we provide.

Ben said: " My family have seen first-hand the great work that Teesside Hospice do. My Nanna, Florence, was transferred to Teesside Hospice in August 2001 where she died of pancreatic cancer. She spent the last week of her life there and was treated like the queen. It was more like a luxury hotel. The staff made her feel comfortable and settled in her final days. They even played her favourite music to her while massaging her feet. My family will be eternally grateful to Teesside Hospice for the comfort it brought them. And the support they received from everybody within the hospice. 

I am honoured to be ambassador of such a fantastic charity that we need to maintain to ensure that so many more families receive the care my Nanna experienced. I have always seen it as part of my job to be a positive influence through sport and charity. Hundreds of Boro supporters and their families have accessed care at Teesside Hospice and I want to help ensure this vital service is available to everyone who needs it!”

Ben has supported us in many ways since becoming an ambassador, most recently Ben launched his own fundraising campaign the '26 keep up challenge' to support our fundraising efforts during COVID-19. Ben challenged Teesside to back the campaign by doing 26 keep ups, donating £5 and nominating 5 friends to do the same. The campaign saw a host of footballing legends from past and present taking part, including including ex-Boro striker Fabrizio Ravanelli, the club’s former manager and Real Madrid legend Aitor Karanka, Adama Traore and X-Factor superstar James Arthur. 

Hundreds of local people took part in the challenge too, with some amazing and very creative efforts. Ben's fundraising challenge and our supportive community raised over £26,000 to support our care. 

Thank you Ben!

Dave Brough

After seeing the care his wife, Vera received, Dave has gone above and beyond whilst volunteering at the hospice, it's his way of saying thank you.

Dave has supported our hospice by raising awareness as the face of our fundraising campaigns and sharing his story to let more people know about the care we provide. Dave isn't afraid to get stuck in too! It's not uncommon to see him fundraising at bucket collections, come rain or shine. And volunteering to collect hundreds of Christmas trees as part of our Christmas tree recycling scheme.

Dave also volunteers at the Light up a Life tree and Sunflower Memory Wall, collecting donations and talking to the public about the care his wife received. He has inspired other people to start fundraising or volunteering for the hospice too!

Dave makes a direct difference to local people and our local community. We couldn’t continue our work if it wasn’t for volunteers, like Dave.

Dave talks to people about the work of the hospice, encouraging people to support if they can, but also by letting people know about the care that is out there if they ever need it.

The support Dave provides to the fundraising department at the hospice saves our small team resources and time. We are all so grateful to have Dave's support. Thank you. 

Raghib Hanif

Continued support for the hospice, Raghib has really shown what the hospice means to him and his family.

Raghib has continuously raised awareness through his community for Teesside Hospice showing the amazing work we’re doing, since we cared for his family member and also a friend of his. Raghib wants to continue to show what the hospice is doing to make a difference to people lives so they can live the live they choose. He also wants to showcase how amazing the nurses, staff and volunteers are at the Hospice, and why it is vital we continue with to provide this care.

Facing personal battles with cancer himself, Raghib knows just how important the support we provide is when people need us most. Not just physically but mentally. A terminal illness diagnosis can affect you in many ways, therefore we’re here to support you in all the different ways in which you need us. Raghib will continue to promote the work we’re doing and express the importance of specialist palliative care to the people of Teesside.

You will see Raghib around the community talking at us and promoting events that you will be able to take part in. If you see him, say hello and ask about Team Teesside.

The support Raghib provides to the fundraising team is important so that people understand why we do what we do and why we need people to support us just like Raghib. Thank you Raghib.


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