Thank you to the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust

Willow Burn Hospice is pleased to announce a substantial donation in support of our new and expanded facilities. The Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust, a north east based grant making organisation, has awarded the Hospice £50,000 as a contribution towards equipping and furnishing our brand new in-patient unit, and the expansion of our Health and Wellbeing facilities.

Our new in-patient unit, funded by Helen McCardle, will include six world-class bedrooms, a café, spa bathroom, family room and community gardens, and our Wellbeing Services will include a new Family Support suite, holistic therapy room and new consultation rooms for residents across Derwentside.

Dame Catherine Cookson, a much-loved North East author, wrote over 100 books, selling more than 123 million copies. She died at 91, completing her final stories from her sickbed. Her Charitable Trust supports a wide range of activities including education and training, environment and conservation, health and arts and culture. The trust’s principal aim is to identify and meet the local needs of the area in which Dame Catherine was brought up and resided.

We are delighted to be working with the Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust and look forward to welcoming more trusts on-board in the coming months.

If you are involved with a grant-making trust or foundation and would like to find out more about our expansion programme, please contact Nicky Doherty, our Grants and Trusts Coordinator, on 01207 523901 or

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