Helping hands - thank you to our fantastic fundraisers

We are grateful for the generosity of local people and the support of all the dedicated people who raise money to help patients at the trust. If you have an idea for fundraising please contact our charities team. Read the stories of some #OurFantasticFundraisers below:

Making a splash for heart patients

Fiona Shaw swam more than two miles across a lake to help heart patients at James Cook. Fiona completed the swim in Ellerton Lake near Scorton in 1 hour 35 minutes, raising £300 for Ward 29’s Trust Fund and a further £300 for South Cleveland Heart Fund in memory of her mother-in-law Jean Morris. Jean’s family were so overwhelmed by the kindness and compassion shown by the James Cook team that they asked for donations to Ward 29 in lieu of flowers at Jean’s funeral. Jean’s husband Ron attended the ward shortly after to present the donation. Fiona then went on to raise even more by completing the sponsored swim. “This is a fantastic achievement,” said ward sister Vicky Baxtrem. “Ward 29 and the Monitored Bay staff would like to say a huge thankyou to Ron, Fiona and the rest of the family.”

Jessica completes Tough Mudder for children’s surgical day unit

Jessica Hopper competed in Tough Mudder to raise over £550 for the paediatric surgical day unit at James Cook. The money has been spent on books, toys, games and a minion named Bob to help distract children heading in to surgery. She said: “I never had anything like this when I was here as a child so I’m glad to see it go towards helping children prior to surgery.” Paediatric consultant Amy Norrington added: “It can be an anxious time for the parents, so presenting the child with a book or a toy or a tablet in order for them to be calm helps keeps parents calm and gives everyone the best possible experience. The children absolutely love it, they love the books and the dinosaurs, the babies respond well to the rattles and everyone loves Bob the minion. Children actually ask afterwards when they come out of surgery in recovery ‘Where’s the minion?’ which is a good sign because they’re not remembering the mask or the needle, they’re remembering the minion!”

Five run for Holistic Centre

Thank you to five fantastic runners who helped raise £1,659 for the Trinity Holistic Centre at James Cook by completing  the Great North Run. David Tate was joined by his dad, Derek, brother-in-law, Ian, and two nieces, Megan and Amy for the half marathon in 2017! The runners aimed to raise £1,000 but totally smashed their target to help raise much-needed funds for the centre in memory of family member Sonia who had benefited from numerous sessions of reflexology and reiki at the centre during her cancer treatment!

Steel workers help heart unit

Jimmy Morrisroe and his colleagues from British Steel (The Teesside Beam Mill, Lackenby Works) have donated £500 to the heart unit at James Cook after being awarded the money by their employer for achieving One Year without having a Lost Time Injury. Jimmy said: “When this year’s award came through both myself and another work colleague had both had issues with our hearts and were both treated by James Cook Cardio team which was nothing but first class and I would like to thank everyone personally for everything they did for me.”

Tractor run helps ICU patients

An annual tractor run organised by Liam Gouldthorpe raised £2,300 to buy equipment to help critical care patients at James Cook. Liam’s mother, Gladys Gouldthorpe, presented various items to the intensive care unit at the Middlesbrough hospital which included six iPads, five DAB radios and seven pairs of headphones. Fundraising was carried out this year in memory of Liam’s uncle and also in memory of his two young friends who were treated on the unit. In the last 4 years he has raised £10,000 by selling raffle tickets and organising items for the coffee stop along the route of the tractor run. This is equipment that would normally be very difficult to get for patients and will make a huge difference to how they can recover.

Fantastic service receives £400

british-steel-donationTrinity Holistic Centre has received £400 from the British Steel Special Profiles Business Unit at Skinningrove Mill after it was allocated funding to support local community projects. Jean Scarlett-Carr nominated Trinity Holistic Centre as she had received counselling and treatments there in the past. She said: “We are very, very grateful for this fantastic service; so it made sense that we could give something back from our work. I was delighted to find we were chosen by our committee and are able to give this donation out of our 2016 /2017 annual fund.” Pictured (left to right) are Louise Di Carlo, Chris Grange, Kathryn Almond, Nicky Bourne, Jean Scarlett-Carr and Angie McReynolds.

Bumper raffle

Jennifer cheque presentation

After been impressed by the acupuncture treatment she received at Trinity Holistic Centre Jennifer Effendi decided to give something back by holding a fundraising night which included a bumper raffle with no less than seven tables of prizes! With the support of friends and family she raised £660 which she presented to Kathryn Almond, head of complementary therapy at the centre. Pictured (left to right) are Kathryn Almond, Debi Tate, Sherry White, Jennifer Effendi and Robin Sunley.

Festive fun

Mcbride charity donation

Shirley and Rob McBride kindly handed over £881 to the Trinity Holistic Centre after raising funds by going to town with their festive lights display.   Mrs McBride also made Christmas wreaths to sell.  Also pictured are Angie McReynolds and Kathryn Almond from centre.  You can view the lights on the Gazette website.

Brotherly love

Brotherly Love

Brothers Jamie and Matthew Wright wanted to thank the neonatal unit for the wonderful care they gave to their sons Olly, now 5 and Tommy, 7 months. The brothers organised a raffle at Jamie’s youngest son’s christening instead of gifts and thanks to the generosity of family and friends the unit received a fantastic £552.19. Jamie said: “Although we supported the unit initially after our oldest son was in the neonatal unit, when my brother’s son Tommy was there four years later it brought it all back. So as a family we decided to do something once again show our appreciation to the nurses and doctors for the lifesaving care and treatment our babies received. We are just so grateful – they are both now happy, thriving healthy little boys!

In memory of Julie

Graeme and Livvy MayGraeme and Livia May have donated £217.39 to Trinity Holistic Centre in memory of Livia’s Mum and Graeme’s fiancée Julie Flyn who sadly passed away in July. Graeme works at Derek Slack Motors and has been encouraging customers who use courtesy cars to make a charitable donation. Before Julie passed away she was asked who she would like the money to be donated to and she chose the Trinity Holistic Centre for the care and treatments she received here.

Family fun run for ward 9


Thank you to Carmel Gormley and her family who have raised more than £3,600 for ward 9 after running the Middlesbrough 10k and 3k  in memory of  Carmel’s mum Ellen Woodhouse. Carmel’s dad Brian Woodhouse and his 4-year-old great granddaughter Scarlett did the 3K run. Brian was the oldest person to take part at 82 years old and Scarlett one of the youngest!

New TV for children’s waiting area

TV donation

Terrianne Gray, daughter of Trust health care assistant John Gray, has been fundraising for the children’s waiting area in the emergency department at James Cook. She has recently provided the department with a TV/DVD system. This will provide a good distraction for children while attending the department. A big thank you from all our staff!

Sisters tackle tough challenges

Jessica Tough Mudder

Sisters Jessica (27) and Becky Hopper (30) have raised £1,308.29 for the Maxillo Facial Surgery Fund at James Cook. The pair challenged themselves to a number of different events over the past two years, the most recent was Tough Mudder – an extreme 10k obstacle course which involved Jessica running through ice cold water, having electric shock therapy and climbing over 15ft obstacles! Since 2008 Jessica has been receiving bleomycin injections at James Cook for three lymphatic malformations on her abdomen and forearm and now – 22 treatments and lots of gym sessions later – has a newfound confidence that she never thought possible. The funds raised will be used to benefit adults, children and babies undergoing treatment for lymphatic malformations and strawberry birthmarks at the James Cook clinic.

Pat’s boost for the breast unit

Pat Gibson - Breast care donation

The breast unit at The James Cook University Hospital has received a £700 boost from Melanie and Pat Gibson, Rachel Jones and Kath Gray. They handed over the donation from a fundraising night held at Coulby Newham’s Parkway Club, which also benefitted four other charities, and her brother Terry Cavanagh kindly added a further £100 to the coffers.Pat, a former patient said: “I’m now in remission but wanted to hold a fundraising night to thank the staff on the unit for helping me through what was an awful time in my life. Dr Cheema, the nurses and all the clinical staff made me feel very relaxed and always took the time to explain things and, importantly, made sure I understood the information being given. I am happy I could give something back.”

Grandmother completes Kayakathon for neonatal team

Sally CaleySally Caley, 52 from Loftus handed over £1,562.81 to the neonatal unit at James Cook to say thank you for taking such good care of her granddaughter Imogen Tickle, as well as her daughter Leanne and Leanne’s husband Simon. Imogen was born two months early weighing only 3lb 14 oz and was cared for on the unit for 25 days. A keen kayaker Sally wanted a challenge so signed herself up to the London kayakathon which took place in April 2016. This event sees one hundred Kayakers paddling 26.2 miles of the river Thames. The family would like to thank all of their friends and family for donating but a special thank you to Claire Easby – cousin of (Leanne) and Nicole Jones of Barclays Bank in Middlesbrough for all of their additional support.

Tribute in Barbara’s memory

Mr Crossman June 2016The rheumatology department at The James Cook University Hospital has received a generous donation in loving memory of Barbara Crossman. Barbara was a patient for many years and the department became like her second home. Peter, her husband of 53 years, said it was her wish to give something back to Dr Fiona Clarke and the wonderful rheumatology staff for looking after her so well. Future rheumatology patients will benefit thanks to generous family and friends who made donations in lieu of flowers at Barbara’s funeral in May.

 Fundraising in father’s memory

IMG_8172Jayne Raffle fundraised for the cardio intensive care unit in memory of her father Peter, who was a CICU patient for three months. Jayne said: “When we came to this hospital, CICU treated us like family.” They initially aimed to raise £2,000, but in the end the total raised was over £4,000 to help towards patient equipment.

Tribute in Jacqui’s memory

Dougy Wd 14 5[1]A golf competition has raised a fantastic £1,000 for James Cook’s ward 14. Dougy Hill and friends Paul Wilsher and Peter Emery took part in Stonehouse Trader Golf Competition in loving memory of his sister, Jacqui Hampton.  A big thank you to everyone who supported them.  They wanted to thank the ward’s dedicated staff – from all who knew Jacqui – for ensuring terminally ill patients and their families are cared for in a comfortable environment and other families going through the experience receive the same excellent care and support.

Generous gifts for young visitors

Team Levis Foundation neon JCUH June 2016The Team Lewis Foundation visited James Cook’s neonatal intensive care unit with an array of gifts for the brothers and sisters of the tiny babies cared for on the unit. The foundation – established in September 2014 in memory of baby Lewis Mckain – aims to support the siblings of poorly babies on neonatal units, ensure they are child and family friendly and ensure children receive a proper introduction. A bit thank you to Team Lewis Foundation for the generous gifts which included DVD players, headphones, DVDs and buddy bags – are bags filled with things for siblings to do at the bedside – to keep youngsters entertained while they are visiting.  Staff on the unit were delighted to receive the gifts are looking forward to working more with the foundation in the future.

‘Spinal Sprinters’ take on Edinburgh Marathon

Spinal Sprinters

Trust staff Pam Marley, Clare Nixon, Clair Williams and Susie Wood set out to raise over £400 for Aspire and over£100 for the spinal injury unit trust fund by completing the Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis Relay, calling themselves ‘The Spinal Sprinters’. They managed to complete the marathon with beautiful weather spurring them on, and all for a great cause. It was a big day for all of the runners, but with the money they hoped to raise as their motivation to keep going, they were successful in making it to the finish line.

Tiny babies benefit thanks to students

HH MBoro College neo JCUH May 2016James Cook’s neonatal intensive care unit has received a fantastic £1,078 thanks to a successful fundraising Easter fun day for under-privileged children in the local area held at Middlesbrough College and organised by their adult Retrain Travel and Tourism course students.  The 15 students on the course – with ages ranging from 19 to 46  – chose the unit in support of fellow student Shannon Shaw who sadly lost her baby Liam Rooney. He was cared for on the unit and she wanted to say thank to the dedicated staff. Course leader Jeanette Edwards said: “I am very proud of the students for raising this wonderful amount of money for such a worthwhile cause that has affected students past and present.”

Sisters donate funds in memory of two special people

McNally's CP June landscapeTwo sisters donated £1,000 towards complementary therapies for breast cancer patients in memory of their mum – and a much-loved friend. Joanne McNally and Sarah Appleton kindly donated the funds from £2,000 collected at the funeral of their mum Margaret Appleton, who died of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare and incurable disease of the nervous system. The sisters donated the remaining £1,000 to the Multiple System Atrophy Trust, but also had their friend Lisa Watson, who received “exceptional” care at  James Cook, but sadly lost her battle with breast cancer, in mind. Joanne and Sarah would like to thank everyone who very kindly donated to two great causes in their mum’s memory.