Chris, 23 is a Marketing student at Teesside University, he also volunteers at the Hospice whenever possible. He wants to fundraise to help the Hospice raise funds for the care and service we provide.

"My name is Chris Cook, I'm 23 and I am in my final year studying Marketing whilst working at Aldi. I love my Football and Boxing whilst staying active is very important to me; but I must admit, parmo's are my kryptonite!

I have been volunteering at the Hospice since 2019 as I realised that coming out of my degree, I am going to need experience in my field. Therefore, I thought why not do it where my actions make the most impact – for the people who really need it. At first, I didn't know much about Teesside Hospice, but once I was brought in with open arms and shown exactly what kind of dedicated work they do – there was no doubt in my mind that I was going to volunteer as long as possible.

Whilst working at the hospice I have learnt a lot about the care from the people that work there that is needed so the hospice can provide the services that are vital to the local people who are affected by a terminal illness. From the residents to the nurses, from the delivery drivers to office staff, it really is like a family. People who have used any of the services will know exactly what I am talking about.

People don't realise the amazing services the hospice provide, including the extent of the services they provide. Mental health is becoming a more prominent subject, especially within lockdown, and the bereavement services they offer, provides that step-by-step support throughout the inevitable grief from end of lifecare.

Over the past year the Hospice has struggled as many of their volunteers have not been do their usual duties, impacting the operations of the hospice and the closure of the charity shops. This has been because many of the volunteers have had to self-isolated, or shops have had to shut due to restrictions, as well as the impact of social distancing. Therefore, the workforce has been limited. I have been in the office when it has been safe to do so, but when we went back into a third lockdown everyone started working from home, which made my job a lot more difficult. I sat down and thought about how I can still help the hospice. Consequently, I have decided to run 10km everyday for the 31 days of March. It's going to be a challenge but I have trained and I am looking forward to seeing how much I can raise. I have set a target of £1,500 and would appreciate anyone who can donate to help. Funds like this will really make a difference, and allow the hospice to create memories that last a lifetime, for people and families within the local area that are affected by a terminal illness. Teesside Hospice really has touched my heart and I feel so lucky and privileged to be part of such an amazing place."

If you would like to donate to Chris' fundraiser, please click on the button below, which will take you straight to his JustGiving page. Thank you for all your support Chris, we really couldn't do what we do without people like you.

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