Building support for bereaved – Willow Burn Hospice

Categories: Care and Fundraising.

A North East developer and a mortgage advisory service are helping to build funds and raise awareness for a local hospice, which supports bereaved children and their families.

Willow Burn Hospice, based in Lanchester, County Durham, provides a wide range of professional and specialised treatments, services and care to relieve physical and emotional symptoms for those at the end of life.

Patients, their relatives and friends benefit from holistic, individualised care, ranging from day care, respite, inpatient services and bereavement counselling.

The funding of over £1,300 from Consett based Amethyst Homes and ‘Mortgage Advice Bureau- New Homes’ also in Consett, will enable Willow Burn to fund its Children’s Bereavement service for a month.  Willow Burn Bereavement Service offers one-to-one counselling to support children and young people up to the age of 18 who are experiencing grief, loss and bereavement.

David Barker, Director, at Willow Burn Hospice, said: “We are thrilled that Amethyst Homes and the Mortgage Advice Bureau have chosen to donate to the hospice.

Bereavement is often difficult for people to talk about or understand, as grief affects every individual differently. Our children’s bereavement counselling plays such a huge part in helping young people to make sense of and communicate their feelings in a safe space.”

The funds were raised by the Mortgage Advice Bureau donating £20 for each mortgage arranged for buyers at Amethyst Homes developments during 2021, with Amethyst matching the money raised.

One in every 29 children in the UK under the age of 16 – that is one child in every classroom – experiences the death of a parent or sibling.*

Paula Spoor, Sales Manager from Amethyst Homes said: “We were staggered by the number of children and young people affected by the death of a family member and we wanted to play a small part in helping Willow Burn Hospice extend its invaluable support to those in need.  We also hope that by raising awareness of this local charity, we can encourage more conversations around bereavement and grief and signpost people to the help that is on offer.”

Dave Walton, Managing Director at Mortgage Advice Bureau added: “Charity begins at home and Willow Burn Hospice is central to the local community. We are pleased to be able to play a small part in helping the hospice support some of those most in need.”

Established in 2013 Amethyst Homes is currently operating across four live sites at Consett, Stillington and South East Northumberland and has delivered over 350 properties in the North East.  It specialises in a wide range of housing from starter homes to family properties and affordable bungalows.


*Statistic taken from


About Willow Burn Hospice

Willow Burn Hospice is an oasis, right in the heart of the countryside; a small, hospice and community hub, which was founded over thirty years ago by two local women who recognised a need for improved end of life care for residents of rural County Durham.

Our aim is to relieve physical and emotional distress and control symptoms, provide care comfort and compassion at the end of life to embrace and support our patients, and their families and friends to achieve this.

We welcome people whose illnesses are no longer curable, who choose to come to Willow Burn, enabling them to achieve the best quality of life though the provision of personalised care based on their needs and wishes. The services have been developed over the last 30 years by listening and responding to the needs of the patients, their carers and the people who need this local service.

At Willow Burn, we are proud to serve the people of Derwentside through our range of holistic day care, in-patient services and family support and bereavement counselling services.


Picture caption: From left to right: Paula Spoor Sales Manager with Amethyst Homes, Director at Willow Burn Hospice, David Barker, MBE, Dave Walton from ‘Mortgage Advice Bureau- New Homes’ and Richard Bass Development Director with Amethyst Homes.


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