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.
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!
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.
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