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Northumbria volunteers on Helpforce Wall of Fame

Northumbria Volunteer Service (NVS) volunteers, Alan Miller and Michael Garner and Susan Jeffrey feature on Helpforce’s Wall of Fame after being nominated by the service for their fantastic contributions to the trust.

Helpforce, a long-standing partner of Northumbria, takes great pride in creating and sharing best-practice in volunteering across health and care. Their recently launched Wall of Fame shares stories of several volunteers from across the region whom, for lots of different reasons, make an incredible difference to their organisations and the people and patients they serve. Having Alan, Michael and Susan feature in the Wall of Fame is testament to the great work that they do and the invaluable roles they play at Northumbria.

Congratulations Alan, Michael and Susan!

To view the Wall of Fame and read their stories, go to:


Staff get their blood pumping for Halloween

With the spookiest night of the year just around the corner, Bright Northumbria, in collaboration with the staff wellbeing team, have launched a fun competition for staff – #NorthumbriaFitnessGhouls.

The competition encourages staff and their little monsters to get moving through the week of 26th October to 1st November and bring out the devil in them to challenge themselves and those they live with to wear their spookiest costumes and do something active.

Being active is great for mind, body and soul. So, whether staff want to do a workout in their haunted house or go for a walk or a run out on the spooky streets, taking part in this challenge is a great way to help raise their spirits and get their blood pumping.  

To enter the competition and be in with the chance of winning a prize, staff should post their pictures on our staff Facebook group or send them to by 10am on Monday 2 November. Winners will be picked at random and announced on Monday 2 November.

We can’t wait to see the pictures.

Have fun, here’s to good health and hallo-wellbeing!

Tanzania partnership showcased at international conference

Last week saw the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) host their largest and most international conference to date, ‘Health for all: a decade to deliver’, bringing together over 450 delegates from around the world to explore the challenges of the decade to come. The virtual conference brought together voices from across the health, development and governmental communities including our very own Professor Richard Walker, Consultant Physician and clinical lead for our international health link with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Tanzania.

Professor Walker, joined Dr Sara Urassa, director of hospital services at KCMC – and long-time friend and colleague in our partnership with the hospital – to deliver the conference key note speech on Tuesday 6th October. They shared with delegates the history of our partnership and the different ways we’ve collaborated on projects to improve healthcare in Tanzania for over 20 years, as well the many challenges we’ve overcome and achievements we’ve made.

For details of the conference and to request presentations, go to:

Congratulations Prof Walker and Dr Urassa!