Fantastic fundraisers archive
Youngsters go card crazy
After being inspired by staff following visiting relatives on the ward, best friends Harry Allinson (aged 12) and Aaron McLinn (aged 12) raised £60 for ward 14 at James Cook Hospital. The boys sold cards at Stokesley School to friends and family. Their teacher Mrs Dent said: “The boys showed great initiative, creating a range of high quality cards to sell. They worked together as a team organising their time effectively in lessons and at home and had a very successful sale! I am really proud of the boys as they have used their skills well and are a great example to other students as they decided to select this activity to raise money for others.” Kay McFarland, ward 14 manager, said that staff were very touched and wanted to thank Harry and Aaron for thinking of them.
A tribute in Les’s memory
Radiotherapy and oncology’s star fund – which benefits cancer patients and their families – has received a generous donation in memory of patient Les Greening who sadly passed away in February. Wife Ann, and their two daughters Angela and Becky, and grandson Alfie, presented a cheque for £550 to the dedicated hospital staff to thank them for caring for Les so well. Also special thanks to Dr John Hardman and his team for helping Les fight his battle against thyroid cancer for over two decades. A big thank you to the family, friends and ex work colleagues for their generosity and support.
Khye’s first and last marathon in memory of his nana
Intrepid Khye Waite from Scunthorpe completed the Manchester Marathon in four hours and one minute in loving memory of his nana, Pat Bedlington. Khye and his family wanted to thank James Cook’s dedicated ward 14 staff for caring for her. The ward’s family room allowed Pat to be surrounded by her family and Khye’s son, Luca to have precious moments with his great nana which they will treasure. Grateful for the use of the special room, they wanted to do something to benefit other patients and their families using it in future. A fantastic £320 was raised from the marathon and a collection in lieu of flowers at Pat’s funeral was used to provide a ceiling light to adorn the room which is therapeutic for patients. Big thank you to generous sponsors and all who made a donation.
Kimberley’s a princess
Kimberley Young raised a fantastic £2,050 for Ova the Rainbow gynaecological cancer support group. Kind-hearted Kimberley celebrated her recovery from cervical cancer with a ‘Princess ball’ and also to thank consultant gynaecologist, Jeremy Twigg, who carried out her operation and the support group for helping her. Everyone had a fantastic time and guests enjoyed various games, a raffle and auction boosting the total. Big thank you to Kimberley and everyone for supporting the successful and fun event.
Recycling benefits patients
Big thank you to JK Recycling Limited for supporting James Cook’s elderly care wards The local recycling company is hoping to raise around £10,000 to enhance patient comfort raising £670 so far. Jackie Bentley’s support boosted the total by £200 thanks to her gift packaging for a recent tombola and raffle. They are always looking for donations and can provide local collection. They accept pretty much anything from clothes to furniture, books and items in the house. If you can help telephone them on 01642 820733 or 07935868960.
An 80’s night organised by Mike Farrell at Dormans Club has raised an amazing £4,500 which was shared between James Cook’s ward 14 and Middlesbrough Philanthropic Society. The Skabeats and Manic Mondays played to a sell-out crowd and a sing off between Neil Grainger and Neil Maddison judged by Paul Goffy Gough, Jim Platt, Jeff Winter and Lucia Rovardi entertained the guests. Neil Maddison came out on top. A big thank you to Mike and everyone who attended the enjoyable event for supporting the ward, its patients and their families.
Tribute in Ann’s memory
A charity night organised by kind-hearted Louise Johnston, her aunties, Marie Clapperton and Michelle Bartliff and nanna Pat McDermott has raised an amazing £3,241 for the Trinity Holistic Centre. The successful night at Nunthorpe Squash Club was in memory of Ann Johnston, their mum, sister and daughter on what would have been her 50th birthday. Louise sadly lost her mum to cancer over 10 years ago and she wanted to do something special to remember her and to help the centre where she was a patient. A coffee morning in Bramble Lodge care home, where Louise works boosted the total thanks to the generous staff who made donations for the delicious treats. A big thanks to friends and family and everyone who supported the event and helped out on the night.
Emma and Mark take a dip
Kind-hearted Emma Dobie braved Redcar’s Boxing day dip with boyfriend Mark Cooper raising £120.50 for James Cook’s ward 14. They wanted to thank the wards dedicated staff for caring for friend, Mark Skelton. Mark sadly passed away recently and always spoke of how wonderful and caring the staff were and he wanted the money to go to them. It’s the second time Emma from Redcar has taken to the waves and she said it was very cold! A big thank you to Emma, Mark and everyone who generously sponsored them.
Patients benefit thank to Jacob
Generous Jacob Phillips’s fundraising efforts will benefit future patients at James Cook. Jacob is a physiotherapy patient and his family have been really cared for by the dedicated ward 28 staff. He wanted to help other patients at the hospital and as a thank you raised £795.24 from tombolas, bake sales and a non-uniform school day. The money raised helped to buy presents for the children’s and elderly care wards as well as benefitfing ward 28 stroke and physiotherapy patients.
Game on for patients
Generous staff and customers at Sainsbury’s Acklam Road, Middlesbrough store have provided an Xbox One games console to benefit patients and their families using the family suite on ward 14 at James Cook. The caring colleagues were keen to support the ward which cares for cancer patients after choosing South Cleveland cancer research fund as their charity of the year. The Xbox – which cost around £280 – was generously provided from Sainsbury’s community budget and thanks to the store’s fundraising efforts so far approximately £1,500 has been raised. A welcome addition to the family suite it will enhance the environment and help to keep patients and their families entertained while on the ward.
Running proud in memory of grandad
Kind-hearted Alice Darwin has handed over £900 to the Friarage’s intensive therapy unit as a tribute to her grandpa George Darwin. George was cared for on ITU over 11 years ago, receiving amazing care from the doctors and nurses. Alice wanted to do something to thank them for the fantastic medical treatment he received and for making a very difficult time for the family, easier. Also for allowing her to grow up with him playing a massive part in her life, which would not have been possible without everything they did. Alice did the Great North Run and since completing it, George has sadly passed away. A collection at his funeral boosted the total amount raised. Big thank you to everyone who helped.
On your bike for Friarage ITU
The Friarage’s intensive care unit has received a welcome £558.72 cheque thanks to Theakston Brewery – who kindly sponsor the Lower Dales bike ride.Money raised from the challenging 27 mile circular route starting in West Tanfield is divided between 15 charities pulled out of a hat. Riders paid £35 to take part and everyone who raised £50, nominated a charity. Big thank you to Ian Watkins, Kevin Moss and Carol Techno who kindly nominated the Friarage ITU and the generous sponsors for their support.
Jack in the Box Nursery has kindly raised £250 for James Cook’s neonatal unit after learning from the parents of the children the look after it has touched a lot of their lives. Bake sales and raffles helped to raise the money and a big thank you to everyone for their support. Liz and Sue from the Middlesbrough nursery visited the unit with three of the children and they couldn’t believe how tiny some of the clothes the babies wear are as well as their blankets, food and nappies – some items were smaller than they’d seen on their dollies.
Musical thank you
Thanks to Teesside High School’s prep choir and pre-prep pupils singing Christmas carols, James Cook’s children’s wards have received a £325 boost. The youngsters, aged between three to eleven years, entertained with their tuneful singing at Tesco Eaglescliffe, the school’s Christmas fayre and Teesside Park. They enjoyed a visit to the hospital to see where the money will be used and were delighted it will be spent on toys to keep children in hospital entertained.
Kerry’s thank you
Intrepid Kerry Thompson really challenged herself by taking part in the Great North Run as well as descending 230 metres across the River Tyne on a zip slide, for a cause close to her heart – the dedicated staff on James Cook’s ward 24 neurosurgery and ward 26 neuro rehabilitation who saved her life and helped her on the road to recovery following a brain haemorrhage. Kerry wanted to thank sister Ruth Hodgson, physiotherapist Helen Birtwistle, her consultant Mr Fred Nath and all the neurosciences team who cared for her when she was a patient as she did not know how else to say thank you for the amazing work they do. Thanks to generous sponsors and all who supported her a fantastic £2,500 was raised to help future patients patients with neurological conditions.
Staff’s loving care for Eva
Victoria and Kevin Fountain are forever grateful for the loving care and support they received from James Cook’s dedicated neonatal unit staff who cared for daughter, Eva, who fell ill shortly after birth. The couple asked for donations at Eva’s naming ceremony instead of gifts and thanks to the generosity of family and friends the unit received a fantastic £935.10 to help future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the hospital and their families. They wanted to say thank you to the caring staff for the time and dedication shown which was second to none. Victoria also wanted to thank Dr Rob Tinnion and the nurses for their help and encouragement with breastfeeding, as she couldn’t have done it without their help.
A tribute to Catherine
The family and friends of Catherine Chambers have raised over £3,000 in her memory for James Cook’s intensive care unit 2. Catherine suffered a head injury aged 35 and her mum and dad, Marie and Tom, wanted to thank the dedicated staff for their care and compassion which was second to none. The overall amount included money collected at Catherine’s funeral, together with sponsorship for fundraisers, cousin Vickie Brown and Kelly Springthorpe from ward 6 at James Cook, who ran the Great North Run with their partners Mark and Karl, raising over £1,500 and £1,050 raised at Doug Crosbie’s President’s night in memory of Catherine at Middlesbrough Motor Club where Marie and Tom are members. A big thank you to everyone involved in achieving to this fantastic amount.
Thank you for the music
Thanks to Guisborough Salvation Army and everyone who supported their musical concerts over the Christmas season James Cook’s neonatal unit has received a welcome £400 donation. The Citadel Band was joined by The White Rose Singers and Red House School musicians for the entertaining concerts. David White – bandmaster and grandfather of ‘little miracles Harry and Hattie Young,’ born 10 weeks early in November 2014 – wanted to thank the dedicated staff for the care and support provided to the family. The band also has another family link to the unit through the Hannah family and the sad loss of their daughter, Charlotte, shortly after birth in February 2013, the niece of deputy bandmaster Ashley Durrant. Again the friendly and professional care provided was second to none.
Intensive care receives boost from building society
Darlington Building Society’s Linthorpe Road branch has helped the families of those in James Cook’s intensive care unit, thanks to a £250 donation from its community fund. The donation has provided essential items for the relatives’ room, which is used by people who have a family member being treated on the unit. Susan Snee, customer services advisor at Darlington Building Society, originally proposed the donation following her own stay in room. She said: “The relatives’ room is a fantastic facility. I can’t stress how crucial it is the room remains available to families, which is why I felt so strongly the society should provide some assistance. Debbie Craddock, ward manager, said: “We are very grateful to Darlington Building Society and especially Susan for this donation. The room provides family with the opportunity to remain close by their relative during what is a very distressing time for them. Support like this means we will be able to enhance those small comforts within the room.”
Tribute in Debbie’s memory
Radiotherapy and oncology’s star fund – which benefits cancer patients and their families – has received a welcome boost in memory of patient Debbie Thompson who sadly passed away. Husband Peter presented a fantastic £1,375 to the dedicated hospital staff to thank them for caring for Debbie so well. £840 was collected at her funeral and the other £535 raised at a charity event held by the Mermaid pub in Marske, which included some of the locals having a whip round and people getting their heads shaved. A big thank you to the family for this generous donation and everyone who helped and supported the fundraising event.
James Cook’s neonatal unit received a welcome £10,000 windfall thanks to ‘DBEST’ charity at Little Ormesby Institute who chose the unit as its charity of the year. The committee – made up of local people – including Ernie Silk, Steve McCulloch, Danny McCuskey, Jean Ackerman and Tony Coverdale held various fundraisers throughout the year including a Boxing Day dip, a number of charity nights and sponsored events to raise this fantastic amount. ‘Ernie said: “We are delighted to be able to help such a worthy good cause and to thank the staff for all the hard work and dedication they put into helping tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the hospital and their families.”
Patients set to benefit from wonderful donation
A ceilidh at North Ormesby Working Mens Club has raised a fantastic £2,123.55 for Ova The Rainbow gynaecological cancer support group which helps patients and their carers at James Cook. The money will be used provide extra comforts for gynaecological cancer patients, and to provide holistic therapies and equipment for their benefit. A big thank you to everyone who helped on the night and also to people who kindly sent donations for the tombola and raffle. It was a very successful night, a full house and great fun.
James Cook’s neurological brain tumour unit received a £1,600 donation thanks to grateful patient, Carmen McKenna. Carmen wanted to help the unit to thank Professor Phil Kane for saving her life after she was successfully treated for a brain tumour at the hospital in 2007. She organised a charity night a few days before her 75 birthday at Dormans Club, Middlesbrough. Guests were entertained by Niall Southall – Elvis impersonator and DJ little Stevie Blair. A big thank you to Carmen’s family and friends for being so generous and raising this fantastic amount.
Heartfelt donation in Teagan’s memory
James Cook’s neonatal unit has received a wonderful £4,647 donation in loving memory of Teagan Louise. Hazel and Tom Speck’s daughter, who was born with a genetic condition, was cared for on the unit and at home before she sadly passed away. Hazel said “All the people that met Teagan were blessed as she touched our hearts. We wanted to give something back to say thank you to the staff for their incredible support.” Thanks to all the people who helped with a host of fundraising events the unit has received cooling cots and equipment to benefit tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely and their families.
Dad’s thanks for outstanding care
Dad Robert Whitehouse really went that extra mile to help the hospital’s neonatal unit carry on the remarkable work they do when it comes to caring for sick and premature babies and their parents. Robert completed his first marathon – Redcar half marathon – in one hour 54 minutes and 33 seconds raising £1,436.54 for the unit thanks to generous sponsors from, family, friends, colleagues and in some cases, complete strangers.Robert and his wife Claire said they just wanted to give something back to thank the staff for the incredible care that their daughter Laura received five years ago when she was born eight weeks prematurely at just 4lb 11oz.
In Tommy’s memory
Sharon Speight has kindly handed over £2,108.50 to South Cleveland cancer research fund in loving memory of her dad, Tommy Speight. Sharon wanted to thank Dr Clive Peedell and all the dedicated staff at James Cook who helped to look after him. Sharon and her family and friends had a busy year fundraising. Daughter Lucy and niece Jade did a skydive and they held a charity night. Big thank you to everyone for their support. Thanks to a nomination from Sharon – who works at Sainsbury’s in Acklam Road – the fund was successfully chosen as their charity of the year.
Time for tea
Thanks to patient Michele Woods and her family and friends fantastic fundraising breast cancer patients at James Cook will benefit. To thank the caring staff for their continuing care and support, Michelle and her family hosted a vintage afternoon tea party at St Andrews Hall, so successful with over 150 people joining in the fun they had to turn people away! Thanks to lots of sponsored fundraising events by her family and friends and Middlesbrough Swimming Club for bucket collections, bake and cake sales, and Michele’s friend Angela Turnbull for running the Middlesbrough 5K, 10K and the Great North Run, the total amount raised was a wonderful £3,203. A big thank you goes to everyone who contributed and helped.
Treat for children’s wards
Thanks to Phil Cobb and Dave Cox from The Clarendon, Marske children’s wards 21 and 22 at James Cook will benefit from £250 each. The family run pub, formally known as Middle House, regularly raises money through blind cards and landlord Brian Liddle and the pub’s customers were keen to support local charities with the children’s ward top of the list. Nursery nurses Jan Murphy and Dawn McCabe were delighted to receive the money and they will use it to buy presents for children on the wards over the Christmas period. A big thank you to all at the Clarendon for their help.
Fundraising drive helps babies
Thanks to everyone who generously supported Money Matters NE Ltd’s annual golf day and the hard work and dedication of the Money Matter’s team a fantastic £1,338 has been raised for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Member of staff, Julie Wallace’s baby grandson Reno Angioy was cared for by the unit’s dedicated staff and the Redcar company wanted to thank them for looking after him. The donation was kindly organised by charity Maisie’s Hope which supports the neonatal unit and the money will provide a new breast pump which will benefit new mums.
Bev races to put patients first
Intrepid orthopaedic discharge sister – Bev Tytler – really went that extra mile running the Middlesbrough Tees Pride 10K in 1hour 2 minutes 51 seconds and raising £701.43 for the trauma and theatre centre. Bev wants to make sure all patients have a positive experience and as the most important person in the medical care system are at the centre of everything we do. The money raised will help continue the patient experience work on wards 34, 36, 37 at James Cook and Gara ward at the Friarage. She said: “Patient experience is very important to me and I am happy I was able to do something to support the centre and help patients. I enjoyed the challenge and I am grateful for everyone’s support and encouragement.”
In memory of a much loved aunt
Caring Chris Rowe and his family and friends fundraising events have raised a fantastic £3,745.85 for James Cook’s ward 14 in her memory to thank the amazing staff who cared for Chris’s aunty, Sue Jack. Sue sadly passed away before their 30 mile cycle ride from Lazenby Social Club to Whitby – which went ahead in her memory – and will now be an annual event. Chris and his brother Steven said it really spurred them on and Sue’s son Paul completed it the fastest in just over 2½ hours. A charity night was also held and the money raised will be spent on the ward’s free television scheme for patients.
Coffee swells coffers
Kind hearted patient Deborah Feeney was keen to help James Cook’s ward 14 and the dedicated staff who are helping her on the road to recovery. Helped by friend Joanne Mann, Deborah held a coffee morning at her home in Middlesbrough. 100 family and friends joined her for coffee boosting the fundraising by taking a turn on the tombola and trying their luck in the raffle. Thanks to everyone’s generosity a fantastic £1,400 was raised and shared between the ward and Macmillan Cancer Support. The money will provide hair and beauty treatments to help patients feel better in themselves and more comfortable while they are in hospital.
Sean’s grateful thanks
Sean Dolan’s fundraising campaign to thank the dedicated neurosciences team at James Cook, who not only saved his life, but made his recovery possible, has triumphed again this year. Sean had a freak accident during a football game – fracturing his skull and causing a traumatic brain injury. Two years on he bravely completed a 24 hour marathon five-a-side match. Thanks to generous sponsors and everyone who supported him a fantastic £4,447.50 was raised taking the total to an amazing £8,277.09 in appreciation of the caring hospital staff who helped him through a difficult time. Consultant neurosurgeon Mr Nitin Mukerji was delighted to receive this fantastic donation and Sean’s continued help is much appreciated.
Golfers on par for ward 14
James Cook’s ward 14 has received a £2,634.53 windfall thanks to a special charity golf tournament involving companies at the Wilton International site. A big thank you to the 18 teams of players from the main site companies and their contractors and supplier partners who took part in the four-ball at Saltburn Golf Club for their support and also to all the firms who generously donated raffle and auction prizes. Teesside Philanthropic Foundation has also received a similar amount thanks to their efforts. Bev Rogers, ward 14 manager said: “We are very grateful. This money is a godsend and we will use it to benefit patients on the ward and their families.”
Vikki flies high in granddad’s memory
Brave Vikki Willington took to the skies to help James Cook’s stroke ward 28, raising a fantastic £1,187.68. Vikki, from Fishburn, Stockton, received a tandem skydive from her husband as a 30th birthday surprise. Something she has always wanted to do, she thought it the perfect opportunity to raise money to support the ward and help stroke patients and their families. She successfully completed the skydive in memory on her granddad, Kenneth Grange, who was cared for on the ward. She said: “The doctors, nurses and other staff do an amazing job treating and taking care of my granddad and other patients so well. I wanted to do something to say thank you.”
Pedal power benefits young patients
Keen cyclists Alan Jukes and Richard Swan were keen to make a difference and support their local hospital children’s ward at the same time. The intrepid duo cycled round five national parks over the summer averaging 100 miles for each one. Keeping the ward fixed in their minds and the difference it would make spurred them on and kept them going in their miles ahead. A fantastic £952.30 was raised and the money will provide a sensory pain distraction unit for children. Alan and Richard would like to thank all of their friends and family for sponsoring them.
Loving tribute in Ellen’s memory
James Cook’s ward 14 has received a generous donation in memory of Ellen Bullock who was cared for on the ward and sadly lost her battle with cancer. Husband, Mark Bullock and their children Emilee and George visited the ward handing over £890 from generous contributions made at her funeral/wake. Mark and his family were really keen to give something back to thank the dedicated doctors, nurses, physio and everyone on ward 14 for making Ellen’s final weeks a little bit easier.
Thanks to members of Yarm Methodist Church the Friarage’s Mowbray suite complementary therapy service and the Alzheimer’s Society have received £2,232 to be shared between them. Caring church members generously filled a collection box each and a big thank you to everyone involved in raising this fantastic amount. Patient Alan Mairs was delighted to hand over the money to sister Julia Emery and staff nurse Sarah Twinn from the suite.
Patients benefit from Leanne’s marathon effort
Caring Leanne Deighton really challenged herself competing in five tough events this year to raise money to help patients with cystic fibrosis. Thanks to her fantastic efforts the Cystic Fibrosis Trust received £391 and the cystic fibrosis fund at James Cook £406.A cause close to her heart as her niece was diagnosed in 2010, she wanted to help the nurses and consultants at James Cook who provide essential support and care for those with cystic fibrosis. Leanne’s sister Tracey Jackson, a medical secretary in paediatrics and her family also helped with fundraising.
Ward benefits in Kevin’s memory
Jennifer Lund and her family organised a successful charity night at North Ormesby Working Mens Club raising a fantastic £600 for ward 14 at James Cook. The night was held in memory of Jennifer’s husband – Kevin Lund – who was cared for on the ward and sadly passed away in May this year. Jennifer cannot praise the dedicated staff enough and she wanted to give something back to say thank you for the outstanding care he received. Thank to family, friends and everyone who supported the event future patients will benefit.
Fundraising family’s tribute in Byron’s memory
Becky Cadman, her mum Carol Cottam and her sons raised an amazing £2,583.36 for haematology ward 33 at James Cook. Becky’s sponsored sky dive raised £1,083.36 and Carol and her family’s charity night at Darlington Central Working Mens Club, £1,500. They wanted to thank Dr Angela Wood and the fantastic doctors and nurses for the love and care they gave dad and husband – Byron Cottam – who sadly lost his two year battle to leukemia in October 2014. All the family were keen to raise funds for the ward including Carol’s 10 grandchildren and they are keen to continue fundraising for the ward. Becky and Carol said the caring staff were not only good with Bryon, but supported the whole family over the hardest days of their lives.
Racing ahead for patients
A charity race night organised by therapeutic care volunteers, Josephine Sullivan, Sylvia Ross, Christine Lee and Gemma Lee who work on ward 10 at James Cook has raised over £1,300. As volunteers they see all the time how donations help to support patients on the ward and as the staff have always made them feel so welcome they want to do all they can to help the ward. Having previously raised over £1,000 they are already thinking of ways to raise money for the ward in future. A raffle on the night was supported by many businesses and a big thank you to them all. A special thank you goes to Guisborough Hall, QA Weldtech, D Petch Butchers, Boots, Hilton Hotel Group, Frankie and Bennies, Psyche, Tony Gallagher and Ben Pure Hairdressers.
Deborah’s thanks helps tiny tots
A big thank you to kind hearted Deborah Watkinson who has raised £340.50 for the special care baby unit at James Cook. Her son lives in Middlesbrough and the unit cared for her grandson when he was born at James Cook 10 years ago. Deborah has always wanted to help the tiny babies the unit cares for and their families and to give something back so other families benefit in the future. She has also generously raised £340.50 for the chemotherapy unit at North Tees Hospital where she is receiving treatment.
Trevor’s triathlon challenge from the heart
Trevor Smith from Middlesbrough did something amazing to thank the caring surgeon, nursing staff and hospital team on cardiology wards 30 and 31 at James Cook who looked after him after major heart surgery and helped him on the road to recovery. Trevor – who has always lived a healthy and active lifestyle – completed a triathlon in the grounds of Castle Howard raising a fantastic £5,373. He said: “I received outstanding care and could not have asked for anything better. Every single member of staff had a smile on their face, a pleasant, caring, positive and helpful attitude towards all of their patients including myself.”
Tee time for neonatal
A big thank you to Tony Pearce, captain of Wilton Golf Club who raised £2,200 for James Cook’s neonatal unit by playing four rounds of golf on four different courses in a single day. First round was at Wilton beginning at 5am and finishing at Saltburn at 8.45pm. Heroic effort for a great cause!
In memory of my grandma
Grateful Beth Broatch’s charity event in memory of her grandma – Doris Dawson – who sadly passed away earlier in the year following a brain haemorrhage – has raised a fantastic £1703.69 Beth wanted to say thank you for the remarkable care her grandma received during her stay on intensive care unit 3 at James Cook and for the help and support the family received during such a difficult time. The event at Hartlepool United Supporter’s Club featured local singers, Beth and Bethany Petterson and more. The money raised will be used towards the purchase of state of the art equipment to enhance patient care and create the best possible environment for patients, families and staff.
Jan’s picture perfect
Midwife Jan Spencer wanted to give something back to benefit patients and her friends and colleagues when she retired in April after working at James Cook for many years and more than 25 years in the NHS. Jan generously donated seven pictures featuring adorable babies to the Marton suite low dependency delivery suite to enhance the environment and brighten the area so it was relaxing for patients. Alison Russell, delivery suite manager, said: “The pictures have had such an impact on the expectant mums and we have had some wonderful feedback. They are lovely and they have made such a difference to the ward and are a talking point for patients. A big thank from the staff and patients to Jan and we hope she is enjoying her retirement and wish her all the very best.”
Three peaks challenge for tiny tots
Greig Mcgrory and work colleagues Paul Fitton, Chris Drake and Jonathan Bailey completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge in the Yorkshire Dales in 9 hours 29 minutes and 22 seconds raising £1,240.50 funds for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Greig’s son Harry was born six and a half weeks prematurely spending his first 13 days of life on the unit. Greig said: “We are fortunate to have Harry home safe and well thanks to the dedicated neonatal team. We were trying to give a little something back to the amazing unit for the outstanding care they gave Harry and we will always be grateful. Big thank you to the intrepid walkers and everyone who generously supported them.”
The MINERSFEST annual music festival has raised an amazing £6,315 for ward 14 at James Cook. Craig Holmes fromSkelton’s sole reason for fundraising was in memory of mum, Alison Holmes, who passed away from cancer. He also wanted to help in memory of his friend, Craig Starling (Spuggy) who was looked after by the ward’s caring staff. Craig organised the well-attended event at The Miners Arms pub, Skelton Green. A big thank you to Craig – who is already planning next year’s event – and everyone who came along for their help in making it such a success.
For Jacob – too precious to forget
The care, compassion and sensitivity shown to Helen and Michael Largan when their much loved son, Jacob, sadly died at 31 weeks has inspired them to raise funds and do something positive in his memory for two causes very close to their hearts. They wanted to thank the caring staff from James Cook’s delivery suite and the bereavement suite who really put them at ease and helped them through a terribly sad time. So far approximately £5,500 has been raised for James Cook’s bereavement suite and Sands, stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Their fantastic fundraising activities include three charity nights and the couple -along with family and friends – have taken part in the Middlesbrough 10k and 3k runs.
Sarah’s rave fundraising a success
Thoughtful Sarah Edgar and her family (Harley Edgar, Lesley and Olwyn Gray) have handed over £630 to Trinity Holistic Centre. Sarah had the idea of fundraising at local dance event Impulse after her dad Lesley used the centre after receiving treatment at James Cook. Generous party-goers gladly donated and event DJs kindly signed a t-shirt that was presented to centre staff.
Toughing it out in Jackie’s memory
Daring duo Michael Costello and Peter Mace from Middlesbrough completed Tough Mudder in Skipton braving lots of difficult obstacles but still managing to keep smiling.They did the 12 mile assault course in memory of aunty Jackie Mcfee who sadly passed away from breast cancer. They raised over £1,400 for James Cook’s ward 14, thanks to everyone’s generous support. Michael said: “We wanted to thank the staff for their loving care of my aunty and for making her final days relatively pain free and peaceful as possible. We want our donation to benefit present and future patients by making it as comfortable as possible for them at this sad time.”
In Angie’s memory
Kind-hearted family and friends of Angie Bird have raised £585 for James Cook’s ward 14 in her memory. Angela sadly passed away on the ward last year and calling themselves ‘Angie’s Army‘ they completed the Middlesbrough 5K Race for Life to thank the ward’s dedicated staff for the care she received as a patient.A big thank you to everyone who helped to raise the money which will benefit future patients.
Helping hand for miracle babies
Intrepid Neil Wharton really went that extra mile, completing the Darlington 10K run and raising £350 for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Neil and girlfriend Amy’s son Bailie was born 15 weeks prematurely weighing just 1lb 15oz. The couple wanted to give something back to the amazing unit which saved their son’s life on numerous occasions and to thank the dedicated staff who cared for him so well and also supported them in all aspects of their dramatic journey into first time parenthood. Amy said: “We know no amount of money will repay the gift they gave us or the support they provided but we wanted to raise money and awareness and help other parents and miracle babies cared for on the unit in future.”
Pedal power for patients
An intrepid group of cyclists from Hartlepool Old Boys Rugby Football Club cycling club successfully tackled the Way of The Roses cycle route. Darren Kitching and son Sam,15, along with a group of 12 other riders from the club – whose eldest rider is 70 and youngest is Sam – completed the challenging 170 mile coast-to coast-cycle route from Morecambe to Bridlington over three days. Darren and Sam raised over £380 for the multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist nurses at James Cook. Darren said: “It was a difficult ride but we all made it safely and had lots of laughs and fun along the way for a very worthy cause.” The new Hartlepool MS support group and the MS specialist nurses were chosen by one of the rider’s partners, Liz Cooper who has multiple sclerosis.
Bonus for babies
Michelle Proudman and Brendan Armstrong’s charity night raised an amazing £1,466.04 to be shared between James Cook’s neonatal unit and BLISS. The fun night included raffle, disco, face painting and other activities. The family, from Cumbria, were so grateful for the support dedicated staff gave them when their baby, Elliott, was cared for on the unit for two weeks after being born, they wanted to give something back to say thanks. A big thanks to over 40 local businesses who donated raffle prizes.
Garden party fun in the sun
Pam Burke‘s garden party in Great Broughton on the hottest day of the year raised a fantastic £1,400 for breast cancer patients at James Cook. A cause close to her heart, she wanted to help future patients as family members and friends have had breast cancer. Around 60 ladies attended Pam’s party this year. Lots of wonderful food and a very generous raffle helped to double the amount raised last year. A big thank you to Pam for this generous donation and to everyone who came along and supported her. Friends had such a fabulous time they are asking when’s the next one.
Daniel’s thank you
A charity afternoon-including raffle, tombola and cake sale-organised by the family of the late Daniel McGovern raised £414.11 for James Cook’s ward 6 in his memory. Daniel spent 17 weeks on the ward and the family wanted to thank the dedicated staff for everything they did for him – and hopefully benefit future patients.Daniel could not praise the staff enough for supporting him so well at a difficult time. Everyone including the nursing team, his consultants, ward doctors and staff who made his cups of tea!
Generous Anthony surprises staff
Generous Anthony Pounder surprised staff at the Trinity Holistic Centre with a cheque for £2,000. The Carillion gardener has a history of fundraising for the centre, previously playing in a charity cricket match and climbing Blencathra in the Lake District. To find out more about getting involved please contact the centre on 01642 854839.
John says thanks
John Davison from Yarm really went that extra mile to raise money for the hospital teams who treated him when he developed a blood clot in his arm. His sponsored cycle ride around Teesside and North Yorkshire raised a fantastic £1,254.40 for the intensive care unit, ward 6 and the radiology department thanks to generous sponsors. John wanted to thank the staff for looking after him. He said: “I am pleased to be able to support a great team at James Cook whose skills and care were outstanding.”
The centre was a haven for me
Cancer survivor Kathryn O’Kane raised £200 for Trinity Holistic Centre by asking friends to give donations instead of buying her 60th birthday presents! Kathryn beat breast cancer after a routine mammogram spotted the disease at a very early stage. Kathryn, who is pictured here with grandson Jake said: “The centre was a haven for me. I had massage and reiki but it was just nice to sit in the garden or come and get a cup of tea. It was a lovely place to come to and I just wanted to give something back.”
Kind-hearted Alex shows his true colours
Caring youngster Alex Baker’s sponsored colour run to thank James Cook’s neonatal unit for looking after his cousins (Harry and Hattie Young) has raised £244.98 to help future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely on the unit. Alex thought the dedicated staff were amazing in everything they did for his cousins – who were born 10 weeks prematurely and needed massive help to survive and thrive – and their mammy and daddy too. He wanted to help ensure future parents have the same support and the money he raised thank to generous sponsors will be used towards specialised incubators.
On a high for tiny tots
Daring couple Nicola and Rob Hunter really scaled the heights for James Cook’s neonatal unit, abseiling from Teesside Transporter Bridge and raising a fantastic £1,031.68. Leila Mae was on the unit for two weeks observation when she was born and they are forever grateful to the unit’s dedicated staff for helping her become the happy and healthy child she is today. A stressful time for Nicola and Rob, it was made much easier by the support of the caring staff. Leila Mae still cuddles the bunny blanket they kindly gave her in her first few hours, two and a half years later. A big thank you to everyone for their support.
Donation is music to the ears
Caring Samantha White’s music night at Bannatyne’s Health Club has raised £285 for James Cook’s children wards. Samantha, 29, from Ingleby Barwick has been in and out of hospital since she was three-years-old. She wanted to give something back and her donation will provide equipment and toys for children to enjoy while in hospital. Big thank you to the local music groups – including Tom Powell, Ingleby Barwick community choir and Teesside School of Music – who all performed for their support and everyone who attended.
Pete’s marathon effort for tiny tots
Intrepid Pete Carter’s Edinburgh festival half marathon was a runaway success. He completed it in two hours nine minutes and thanks to generous sponsors raised a fantastic £950.54 which will help tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely on the neonatal unit at James Cook. Daughter, Emily Hope did not have the best start in life. Now turned three she has beat all the odds and really is a medical miracle thanks to the efforts of the dedicated neonatal unit staff who cared for her.
Macy’s picture perfect
Kind hearted four-year-old Macy Beddard decided she wanted to help poorly tiny babies and children after watching Red Nose Day on TV. Caring Macy drew lovely pictures raising £65 by selling them to family. A big thank you goes to Macy and her family for helping tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at James Cook’s neonatal unit.
In loving memory of Amanda
The family of Amanda Booth – a mum-of-three who was too frightened to go for a smear test – has kindly made a £170 donation to James Cook’s ward 14 in her memory. Amanda was just 28 when she passed away having only been diagnosed with cervical cancer last year. Paying tribute to Amanda who ‘lived for her kids’ the family wanted to thank everyone who made a donation to in lieu of flowers at the funeral.
Asda’s token gesture
A big thank you goes to staff and customers at Asda Living on Teesside Park, Stockton. Thanks to their generosity three wards at James Cook have benefited from their in store green token scheme. The renal unit received £200 and ward 14 and cardiology both received £50. Thank you to everyone for supporting the hospital and to ASDA staff for nominating the wards.
Garden party raises money for ward
Cheryl Simpson’s garden party with ten of her closest friends has raised £452.70 for James Cook’s ward 14. The party had to be held indoors but the inclement weather did not dampen anyone’s spirits. Cheryl also held a raffle and her children sold loom bands to help mum raise the money. A big thank you to everyone who supported the event. Cheryl knows a few of the phat lasses in trainers and their fundraising campaign for the ward inspired her to help.
Three peaks success
A team from Interserve scaled Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon within 24 hours to raise over £4,000 for three charities which included the neurosurgical research fund at James Cook. Big thank you to everyone involved on their marathon effort. Click here for more details
Company’s thank you in Dave’s memory
A big thank you to Cofely Fabricom GDF SUEZ who generously handed over £745 to James Cook’s neonatal unit. The company – based at Wilton International in Redcar – chose the unit as their charity of the year in memory of previous employee, Dave Gustafsson. Dave nominated the unit to thank the dedicated staff on behalf of daughter Nicola and the family for the wonderful care granddaughter, Katie, received when she was born prematurely. The monies were raised through the firm’s health and safety scheme and fundraising events. A big thank you to the staff and everyone who helped to raise the money.
Walk this way
A caring group of 74 ladies aged between 16 and 74 from Natalie’s Fitness in Guisborough really went the extra mile walking 18.4 miles from Blakey Ridge to Guisborough to help local charities. They generously donated £1,000 to James Cook’s ward 14 after being inspired by the phat lasses in trainers fundraising campaign and it’s a good cause close to their hearts. A big thank you goes to generous sponsors and everyone for supporting them.
Saks of style benefits ward
JAMES Cook’s ward 14 has benefited from a generous donation of £1,145 thanks to the ‘phat lasses in trainers’ Saks of style successful fundraising event. Ladies were offered a range of hair and beauty treatments for a donation at Saks Hair and Beauty in Guisborough. A big thank you to everyone for their support. Future events are planned as part of the phat lasses fundraising campaign for the ward.
Youngsters help tiny tots
Thanks to caring Yarm Primary School children, tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely will benefit. The year two school children held an ‘around the world food café’ which looked at different countries’ cuisines. After coming up with lots of the children’s favourites they sold them at the event raising £227 for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Teacher, Brad Smith said the children really enjoyed raising money to help the babies and it was also educational supporting their learning in geography and maths. A big thank you to the children and everyone at Yarm Primary School for their help.
Tesco team improve Trinity Holistic Centre garden
Thanks to Tesco distribution centre at Teesport for dedicating an afternoon to work in the Trinity Holistic Centre garden. To find out more about getting involved contact the Trinity Holistic Centre on 01642 854839.
Fundraising hits the target
James Cook’s children’s ward 22 has received a generous £460 donation from Steve Naunton and his children. Steve’s son Alfie was cared for on the ward after cochlear implant surgery and he wanted to thank the caring staff for looking after him so well. Thanks to everyone who supported the sponsored darts match at Shotton Comrades Social Club, DVDs, games and toys will be provided for children on the ward to enjoy.
Worth their weight
Caring staff from Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough held a sponsored weight loss programme and tombola for James Cook’s children’s ward 22. They lost seven stones over 12 weeks between them – an amazing achievement -and raised £500 for the ward. Thanks to generous sponsors and the staff’s efforts six portable DVD players and 100 DVDs to keep children entertained while in hospital have been provided. Toys and books were also donated which will be enjoyed and constantly used by children on the ward.
Family thank staff for wonderful care
James Cook’s ward 14 has received a fantastic donation of £1,194.33 in memory of Thomas Thornton, from his loving family. Diagnosed with lung cancer five years ago, Thomas’s family much appreciated the care he received from the ward’s dedicated staff which was second to none. Aromatherapy massages from Trinity Holistic Centre were beneficial and they feel all the areas visited by their dad, including the chemotherapy day unit, could not have been nicer to him and the family. To raise the money Thomas’s son, Ian Thornton, grew his hair and beard after being clean shaven for the last 20 years. Family friend/hairdresser Tracy McFarlane did the honours at North Ormesby Institute where his dad used to go and Ian’s sister Nicola Douglas removed the remaining hair after speaking about her dad.
Grateful Linda says thanks
Kind hearted Linda Stephens has raised a fantastic £1,000 for ward 18 at James Cook. Diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia in 2010, Linda recently reached five years all clear. A patient on the ward and on ward 33 previously she wanted to thank the dedicated staff who cared for her during her ten months in hospital, saying they became more like family. A charity race night at Municipal Golf Club, Ladgate Lane and a bag pack at Morrisons Berwick Hills helped to raise the money. Thanks to everyone for their support and Linda’s four grandchildren and two family members who helped bag packing. Linda would like to give special thanks to Kat Shepherd for all her help raising the final total.
Clayton shaves head for Trinity Holistic Centre
15-year-old Clayton Beddows from Tees Valley College in Middlesbrough shaved off his beloved quiff to raise funds for Trinity Holistic Centre because he knows people who are fighting cancer and he wanted to do his bit to help. He raised £98.50 and is pictured here with his friend Josh Graham handing over a cheque to the holistic centre team at James Cook. A big thank you to Clayton for supporting the centre and future cancer patients.
In memory of Hilda
David Peacock has donated more than £1,000 to the haematology unit at James Cook after completing a 20-mile run in memory of his mum Hilda Peacock who was treated at the unit for leukaemia. The granddad and former police officer presented a cheque for the haematology endowment fund to consultant haematologist Dr Raymond Dang after successfully completing the run in Locke Park on Mother’s Day.
Tea dance to help MND patients
A tea dance in Richmond has raised more than £3,000 to help extend a vital service for patients with motor neurone disease (MND). The MND first contact group is jointly funded by the Butterwick Hospice and the MND Association Cleveland Branch and is held on a Friday afternoon but this donation from patient Catherine Muir will enable the service to be extended to include Friday mornings, allowing more MND patients to receive complementary therapies, relaxation therapies, access to palliative care services and peer support in a relaxed setting. Catherine is pictured here handing over a cheque to Anthony Hanratty from the Middlesbrough MND care centre at James Cook.
Tractors trundle for garden goal
A tractor trundle through Hamsterley Forest has raised a fantastic £6,000, so far, for James Cook’s spinal injuries unit. Organised by John McLeod about 80 tractors from across the north of England completed the 20-plus mile drive starting from Hamsterley Working Men’s Club. John, 43, was left paraplegic after an accident 25 years ago, he said: “Having spent so much time in the spinal injuries unit following my accident, I just wanted to help them raise funds towards an outside therapeutic garden for the benefit of patients. It was a brilliant day and went perfectly and I am really proud of everyone that took part. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who gave donations and helped with the event.”
Thank you from the heart
Lisa McCabe and partner Alan Parks’s charity night at the Red Lion, Linthorpe village raised a fantastic £839.40 for James Cook’s cardio wards. Lisa had heart surgery three years ago and she wanted to give something back to thank the dedicated staff as without them she wouldn’t be here today. A big thank you to Lisa‘s friends and family and everyone who supported her 60’s northern soul and Motown music night.The money will benefit future patients and local people who depend on the services of the heart unit.
THE Wellness Centre complementary healthcare clinic in Northallerton has raised £150 for the Friarage complementary healthcare unit for cancer care. The money was raised at their charity day which offered taster complementary therapy sessions for donations to help the service and future patients. A big thank you to the therapists and everyone involved in the day for their support.
Redcar Lodge helps tiny tots
Redcar freemason Norman Cassie, master of Lodge of Philosophy (6057) in 2013 to 2014 with his wife Jeanette, kindly chose James Cook’s neonatal unit as their nominated charity for the year. The unit received a fantastic £650 boost raised from a ladies night and a social night while he was master. A big thank you to everyone who supported the events. Grandson Ben Wilcock was born 10 ½ weeks prematurely in January 2007, weighing 2lb 13oz and the family wanted to thank the staff for the wonderful care he received.
Runaway success in memory of Leon
Nurse Faye Caley’s marathon effort raised an amazing £1,696.50 for James Cook’s neonatal unit in memory of son – Leon Snedden – who sadly passed away 10 years ago after surviving one day. Faye – who works on ward 8 at James Cook – completed ‘The scrooge’ 9 mile trail run in Cornwall on 21 December, close to Leon’s birthday on 23 December 2004. She wanted to thank the wonderful team of doctors and nurses who make a huge difference to so many people’s lives – not only the tiny babies, but their families too. Thanks to Faye’s efforts and everyone who generously supported her future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely will benefit.
Diane’s on the ball in Peter’s memory
Caring Diane Schofield from New Marske has helped ward 14 at James Cook in memory of her uncle Peter Raine who was cared for by the ward’s dedicated staff. A big Boro fan, Diane won the opportunity to present Patrick Bamford his player of the month award and he kindly gave her his shirt which was raffled through a bonus ball scheme. Thanks to everyone who supported her a fantastic £500 was raised to help the ward.
Mags says thanks
James Cook’s breast care unit has received a fantastic £1,001 boost thanks to patient, Margaret (Mags) Gosling. A patient since July last year, and feeling good in herself and on the mend, Mags wanted to give something back to thank her wonderful consultant – Mr Imtiaz Cheema – and the fantastic breast care nurses. She works at Epax Pharma at Seal Sands and the company’s owners, FMC Corporation, generously matched the money raised. A big thank you to generous colleagues and suppliers for their support. Special thanks to Paul Nuttall engineering supervisor, Peter Trickett site director and Anita Booty, finance / administration manager.
In Kaiden’s memory
A charity night at Longlands Club has raised a fantastic £1,000 for James Cook’s neonatal unit and for the special care baby unit at the RVI Newcastle. The Boro Walkers generously handed over £1,000 to boost the total. The night – organised by the Woodier family – was in memory of Kaiden John Woodier who was sadly born prematurely and only lived for 17 days. They wanted to thank the unit’s dedicated staff for caring for Demi Woodier and her family at such a difficult time Neonatologist, Dr Jonathan Wyllie was delighted to receive the cheque and the money will benefit future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the hospital and their families.
Donna’s wander helps cancer patients
Donna Wilton and 20 family members put their best feet forward to raise money for ward 14 at James Cook and testicular cancer. They walked from Saltburn to Whitby in six to seven hours which was tiring but they all enjoyed. Donna’s husband Shaun has recently been treated on the wards and she wanted to give something back. Thanks all the walkers and everyone who generously sponsored them a fantastic £2094.09 was raised and shared between the two departments.
Kelly loses hair to thank staff for amazing care
Patient Kelly Johnson bravely had her head shaved to thank dedicated hospital staff for the amazing care and support she received during her treatment for cancer and her on going care. Kelly and daughter Charlie are so grateful to the staff at James Cook for being there for them throughout Kelly’s treatment they wanted to do something to show their appreciation. Thanks to Kelly, Charlie and generous sponsors £1,284.49 was raised for radiotherapy and oncology’s star fund which benefits patients and their families.
Wrapping it up for the scanner
Barkers combined Christmas cheer with fundraising raising a fantastic £540 for the Friarage MRI scanner appeal. Customers were offered a free gift-wrapping service at their Christmas shopping party and during December with donations for the scanner appeal requested in return. Dawn Ledger, head of customer services said: “We wanted to help an important local cause, as the scanner will benefit so many people in North Yorkshire. Our customers really got behind it and were very generous.” A big thank you to Barkers and their customers for supporting the appeal.
Couple’s golden run helps patients
The Moor and Dales vintage tractor run through the scenic Yorkshire Dales raised a fantastic £780 for Hambleton and Richmondshire rheumatology service. Doug Mould and wife Margaret generously asked friends to donate money to the service instead of buying them presents when they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. A big thank you to Doug and Margaret and everyone who made a donation. Delighted rheumatology team members are pictured receiving the cheque at Friary Hospital in Richmond.
Fantastic fundraising in Margaret’s memory
Jon Hold from Eston and his siblings, Stephen, Pamela and Beverly have raised £5,718.89 for the breast cancer unit at James Cook. The fundraising was in memory of their mum, Margaret, who died in 1984 after a 10-year battle with breast cancer. A charity night at Eston Labour Club and a bungee jump off Middlesbrough transporter bridge which was supported by 20 family and friends – which Jon also bravely took part in – helped raise this fantastic amount of money which will benefit future breast cancer patients. A big thank you to everyone who supported the events
Sean’s fundraising challenge to say thank you
Sean Dolan celebrated overcoming a freak accident during a football game -fracturing his skull and causing a traumatic brain injury – by fundraising to help the dedicated hospital staff who helped him through a difficult year. He hosted a charity event at Billingham Town FC and bravely completed a sponsored Olympic triathlon at Billingham Forum raising £3831.65 thanks to generous sponsors and everyone who supported him. Sean said: “All money raised will go to James Cook – the hospital that not only saved my life, but also made my recovery possible. Consultant neurosurgeon Mr Nitin Mukerji was delighted to receive this fantastic donation.
Family’s coast to coast adventure
A big thank you to the Cox family from Ingleby Barwick who along with Dan McCabe did the coast to coast cycle ride from Morecambe to Scarborough. Granddad Tony Cox was a patient on James Cook’s haematology day unit and his grandchildren wanted to do something to thank the unit for looking after him. The fantastic £1,600 raised was shared between the unit and the Lymphoma Association. Big thank you to Tony’s wife Barbara for making sure they were well catered for, generous sponsors and Decorative Panels in Thornaby, where Tony used to work.
Putting them through the paces
A boot camp ran by Philip Noble and Shaun Clapton from PPN Fitness has raised £100 for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Caring boot camp members much appreciated the care provided by the unit’s dedicated staff – which some have benefitted from – and future boot camps are planned to help the unit. Put through their paces in the fog on a wet and muddy Saturday morning, thanks to the intrepid members future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the hospital will benefit.
Easing the pain
Local pain charity – Free from Pain – has generously donated £2,000 to paediatrics to buy special equipment to help young patients with pain management. A special postural chair which improves comfort, reduces pain and helps with pressure control and special fiber optic lights used as a distraction will benefit youngsters on the children’s wards at James Cook. £500 was also donated for arts and crafts activities, DVDs and CDs to keep children entertained when in hospital. A big thank you to Free from Pain – who have been going for more than 30 years – and support the pain clinic in buying special equipment to alleviate certain pain conditions.
Care is wonderful
Alison Nicholson and her daughters Lucy and Sophy really went that extra mile to help the spinal injuries unit at James Cook. They completed the 192 mile coast to coast, St Bees to Robin Hoods Bay (Wainwright’s route) in 15 days raising a fantastic £1069.20 thanks to generous sponsors and everyone who supported them. Allison works for Eden Country Care–Cumbria who have been caring for patient David for the last 12 years. They wanted to do this for him, and as thank you to the unit for the wonderful care he receives.
Rebecca’s on the run
Caring Rebecca Hopper really went that extra mile to help Dr Tobian Muir plastic surgeon carry out more research into lymphatic malformations raising £524.66. Rebecca’s sister Jessica was diagnosed with the type of vascular birthmark and she wanted to do something to help others in a similar situation Jessica said: “For my sister to do the Great North Run to raise funds for something that has affected me since a young age was a wonderful gesture. I’m lucky to have such a wonderful sister.”
Double bonus for cystic fibrosis
A big thank you to Tracey Jackson medical secretary paediatrics who has raised money for the cystic fibrosis (CF) fund at James Cook and national charity, Cystic Fibrosis Trust. She wanted to say thank you to the caring staff who continue to look after her daughter Grace, who has CF. Tracey, accompanied by Grace, 4, held a tombola, raffle and sold cakes in James Cook atrium with her mum Sharon Deighton and aunty Joyce Smith. A bag pack in Sainsbury’s and a donation from her dad Andrew Deighton’s company Unify – formally Siemens – boosted the total raised to £1,400 to be split between the two.
Thanks for amazing care
A big thank you to Melanie Hannant, Fiona Henderson and Rachel Falconer who have raised a fantastic £1,703 for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Melanie’s cousin Nikki Westgarth sadly died of the flu virus aged 21 in February, three days after her second child, Eva Rose, was born. The trio wanted to thank the unit’s dedicated staff for being amazing in caring for baby Eva – now a bouncing nine months old – and especially for supporting the family at such a tragic time. Thank you also to Nicki’s mum Kim Hannant who knitted 20 blankets for the unit. The trio who completed 10k mad monk extreme obstacle challenge in Derby – also wanted to raise awareness of swine flu during pregnancy and encourage pregnant women to get the flu jab.
Anna’s runaway success
Anna Parker did the Great North Run to thank dedicated neonatal unit staff for looking after her little boy who was born 12 weeks early and spent the first nine weeks of his life there. She said: “The caring staff were absolutely fantastic. Not only did they look after Sam, they looked after me as well. We will never forget what they did for us and as a result, we have a very healthy, strong and happy two year old. Running the Great North Run was the very least I could do to say thank you.” Thanks to Anna’s efforts and her generous sponsors £800 will help future tiny babies who are born poorly or prematurely and their families cared for on the James Cook unit.
Geoffrey is on the trail
Geoffrey Timmins, 73, walked 20 miles in 9 ½ hours on the Newton Dale trail route through some of the most striking scenery of the North York Moors. A keen walker, Geoff -who used to a volunteer on Cleveland search and rescue team – has completed various long distance walks over the years but the Newton Dale trail was one he never got round to taking on, but had always dreamed of doing. He was joined by daughters Tracey Wilson and Dawn Harper, son in law Darren Harper, granddaughter Jordan Andersen and her boyfriend Andy Harris. Thanks to their efforts and generous sponsors from family, work colleagues and friends in Geoff’s local club, a fantastic £850 was raised. This along with a further £150 from AMEC meant an amazing £1000 was raised for the Endeavour unit at James Cook’s star fund as a thank you to the dedicated staff who treated him so well.
Fundraising looms well
Six caring grandchildren’s fundraising efforts have benefitted James Cook’s ward 14 in memory of their granddad, Eric Mullins. Abby Swales, 13, Joe Harston, 11, Tom Swales, 11 Ethan McDermott, 9 Maggie McDermott, 6 and Connie Harston, 5, wanted to thank the dedicated staff for looking after their granddad so well and to help future patients and their families. Their granddad loved the nurses on ward 14 and his family much appreciated the care he received. The children designed and sold loom band bracelets raising £289.02 and a further £237.03 was raised thanks to donations at Eric’s funeral making a grand total of £526.25 for the ward.
On the run
A big thank you to Paul Durston who went the extra mile for James Cook’s children’s ward in September’s Great North Run. He wanted to thank the dedicated doctors and ward staff for looking after son, Max, who is now 10 months old, for the first class care he received when diagnosed with Kawasaki disease. Paul wanted to give something back and thanks to everyone who sponsored him a fantastic £1,204.8 was raised. The ward received £654.18 to help future poorly children and their families, and a donation also went to the Kawasaki Disease support group.
Darry’s fantastic fundraising bonanza
A big thank you to kind hearted teen Darryl Mather who has raised a fantastic £3,573.99 for ward 21 children’s ward at James Cook. Darryl is so grateful for the help and support of the dedicated children’s ward staff he wanted to do something to say thank you and to help poorly youngsters on the ward in future. Darryl and his brother Tyler, 9, have primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). Darryl has attended the children’s ward every three months for two weeks over the last 10 years and his brother will have to do the same in future. The money has bought items such as toys, gym equipment for physiotherapy, fridges and a pram. Darryl said “I am proud of myself and hope all the children will get the best use out of what we have bought.
Afternoon tea a huge success
An afternoon tea, held at Barkers of Northallerton. raised an amazing £750 for Friarage Hospital’s breast cancer support group. Pictured from left to right are: Val Wilson, Jane Hunter from Barkers of Northallerton. Sheila Simpson and Molly Barker. The group’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 November in the Scott Suite at the Friarage and the speaker will be Leti Hawthorne, specialist exercise consultant.
Sodexo walkers go that extra mile for diabetes unit
The team from Catterick, where the company provides a wide range of onsite services to the armed forces community, has raised a fantastic £1957.32 for the company’s own Stop Hunger campaign and the Friarage diabetes unit from their Maundy Thursday charity walk. Half the money raised from the walk around the Yorkshire Dales and Richmond goes to Stop Hunger and the other half to a nominated local charity or good cause. Sodexo services manager, Angel Kinchin recommended the diabetes unit to thank them for the fantastic support provided to her daughter, Emma Lutman since she was diagnosed with type one diabetes in her late teens. Emma has previously worked as a care assistant at the Friarage. A big thank you to the walkers from Sodexo and to everyone who helped to raise the money for their support.
The women and children’s admin centre held a mega-fundraiser for breast cancer care with a dress down day, cake stall, raffle and more. Chief organiser Jan Wood said the whole team got involved to help raise £289. A brilliant day was had by all!
Friends aid rehabilitation
The Friends of the Friarage Hospital have generously donated £10,000 to the outpatient physiotherapy department at the hospital which has been used to buy a Biodex balance system – a sophisticated piece of equipment which can be used to improve balance, muscle strength, mobility and walking – helping rehabilitate patients after illness or injury. The equipment has pride of place in the Friarage’s physio gym where local patients of all ages will benefit from it. Friends chairman, Dr Upendra Somasundram, said: “We wanted to provide something that would really benefit the local community. We know the equipment will make a difference at the hospital and are glad we are able to help.”
Thanks from the heart
Tracey Dixon has treated cardiologist, Dr Jeet Thambyrajah, cardiothoracic surgeon Mr Simon Kendall and the cardiothoracic team at James Cook to a special heart cake to thank them for saving her life. She also generously treated ward 29 staff to a nurse’s uniform cake. Tracey wanted to give something back to thank everyone for the fantastic care she received during recent major heart surgery and for their dedication. The novelty cakes – made by Michelle Brown of Mrs B’s cakes of Newton Hall – were also in memory of her dad who had a triple heart bypass at James Cook six years ago.
Record coffee morning for James Cook
Macmillan volunteers raised £1281.19 at their World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event in the atrium at James Cook – a record so far! Claire Moore, Macmillan cancer information support worker said: “We would like to thank everyone who bought tombola and raffle tickets or enjoyed a cuppa and a cake to support our fundraising efforts.”
Support for special babies in Lucas’s memory
A charity fun day in memory of Lucas Bishop has raised a fantastic £591 for the neonatal unit at James Cook. Held on his one year memorial, Lucas’s family chose to support the neonatal unit in his memory. The unit previously supported friends and they wanted help future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the hospital. Pictured is Lucas, his cousin, Karis Bishop and her partner Dale.
South Bank Football Club has donated £400 to the Trinity Holistic Centre following the 125th anniversary of The Ellis Cup. “I don’t think there’s anybody who does not have a relative or friend whose life has been touched by cancer,” said club secretary Peter Livingstone as he handed the funds raised to the centre’s business manager Heather McLean.
Nursery helps tiny tots
Looby Lous Nursery in Northallerton’s annual fundraising open day was a huge success, raising £748.71 for the Friarage Hospitals special care baby unit. The family fun day included face painting, cake stall, bouncy castle, lots of side shows, and a visit from children’s entertainer Yankee Doodle Dandy. The event also gave other family members the opportunity to visit the nursery and join in the fun. The nursery chose the special care baby unit as a good cause close to everyone’s heart and a big thank you to the nursery staff and everyone who supported the event for this fantastic donation.
Garden party helps patients
Pam Burke‘s garden party on a beautiful sunny summer’s day has raised a fantastic £700 for breast cancer patients at James Cook. A cause close to her heart, Pam wanted to help future patients as family members have had breast cancer and a colleague of her husband’s is currently undergoing treatment. The garden party initially for former colleagues after her recent retirement grew and it became an open invitation with everyone enjoying tea and cakes at the successful event. A big thank you to Pam for this generous donation and to everyone who came along and supported her including local businesses.
Double bonus for special babies
John Henley and friends really went that extra mile walking 53 miles in 24 hours from Middlesbrough to York to thank the neonatal unit at James Cook and York special care baby unit for caring for son George, who was born 13 weeks prematurely and was cared for at both units. A fantastic £4,033.05 was raised for James Cook neonatal – with a similar amount going to York – to thank the dedicated doctors and nurses for the amazing care, dedication and support given to baby George, mum Jenny and John. A big thank you to John, his wife Jenny and everyone who helped raise this fabulous amount which will help future tiny babies who are poorly or born prematurely at the hospitals.
Family’s mammoth challenge to thank staff
Andrew Bunn from Brompton, his sons, Will, 25, Tom, 22 and close family friend Jim O’Brien have successfully climbed the Lake District’s 17 Wainwright fells in 16 hours 58 minutes raising a fantastic £4,218.90 to thank the dedicated staff from the Friarage Scott suite breast cancer unit that cared for wife and mum, Debbie Bunn, as she recovered from breast cancer. Andrew said: “As a family, we wanted to thank the staff for the wonderful care Debbie received and the fantastic support specialist nurses in breast care – Judith Curtis and Louise Sadler – were to the extended family throughout the good times and bad. We also wanted to raise awareness and highlight how important it is women attend for routine mammograms on time. A big thank you to the generous people who sponsored them and everyone who helped for their support.
Safety bonus for patients
Thanks to GrowHow’s safety incentive scheme following an overhaul of their Billingham ammonia plant, future patients at James Cook will benefit. Nominated by the company’s workforce the rheumatology directorate will receive a £500 donation and the neonatal unit, £300. Money was contributed for every injury/accident free day, and also to recognise exemplary performance in environment, health and safety of employees, contractors and operation. A big thank you to GrowHow and staff for supporting their local hospital.
New bike for spinal unit
Billy Alway was so impressed with the fantastic care he received from the spinal injuries team that he organised a sponsored walk to raise £600 to buy their rehab gym a new exercise bike before he had even left the unit. Billy of Cumbria, who has spent four months in the unit recovering from a broken neck, heard that one of the bikes in the gym had broken down so he got his friends and family to take part in a sponsored walk to help buy them another one. “They are fantastic people who have got me up and walking again on crutches and I could not have done it without them,” he said. Pam Marley, senior specialist physiotherapist said: “This bike will really help us make a difference to our patients. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the walk and to Billy for organising it.”
Sainsbury’s Yarm kindly chose the Trinity Holistic Centre as their charity of the year and were delighted to present the centre with a cheque for £2,375 thanks to their fundraising efforts. Heather McLean, business manager, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Sainsbury’s for their help and support. We really enjoyed working with them and are very grateful for all they have done.”
Airmen on the march
Big thank you to Craig Smee and his colleagues from RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire – air traffic control (ATC), ground radio maintenance section (GRMS) and low flying operations who completed the PATHFINDERS endurance event raising a fantastic £705.65 to help the haematology day unit at James Cook. The march follows a circular route taking in the four main airbases – Wyton (HQ), Gravely, Oakhampton and Warboys bnd was created to honour the memory of the members of the Pathfinder Force which existed from August 1942 till 1945. Craig said: “I did the PATHFINDER march for the unit because of the great work they do with people who have cancer. My father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma last year and was treated on the unit, and is now in remission. The unit was brilliant and I am very grateful for the support and helped they gave him throughout his treatment.”
Rob’s miracle recovery
The fantastic care given to patient Rob McMullan following a heart attack and brain injury in November 2012 inspired his wife, Heather and daughter, Jordanne to bungee jump from Middlesbrough transporter bridge. A fantastic £523.50 was raised thanks to the generosity of family, friends and colleagues who sponsored them.The family wanted to raise awareness and funds for the neurology department and ward 26 rehabilitation at James Cook to thank the dedicated neurology team for saving his life. Rob has now fully recovered thanks to the rehabilitation, encouragement, and knowledge given by the team and the work they do. Dr Khalid Anwar, neurorehabilitation consultant, said: “We are very grateful for this welcome donation and to Heather and Jordanne for their fantastic efforts. We are delighted Rob is now doing so well and wish him all the very best for the future.”
Dave Johnston has raised a fantastic £2,668.46 for the Teesside cystic fibrosis centre at James Cook. Dave’s god-daughter, Ava Page, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis after being born in 2010 and is coping well. He has been fundraising for the centre for the last three years. Dave has run the last three Great North Run’s and with the help of family and friends organised lots of fundraising activities including events based on popular TV shows, ‘Take Me Out’, ‘Stars In their eyes for CF’ and most recently ‘Dance for CF’. Fiona Lindsay, cystic fibrosis specialist nurse, who overwhelmed by the huge donation. She said: “We are very grateful to Dave and everyone for supporting us. We will use the money to benefit future children using the centre and their families.”
Safety bonus boost for centre
Thanks to Air Products / Foster Wheeler Energy Limited and all the employees on the Tees Valley energy from waste project, Port Clarence, the Trinity Holistic Centre has received a welcome £1,000 windfall. The centre, which is based at James Cook and provides practical and emotional support and wellbeing projects to support cancer patients and their carers, was chosen by Foster Wheeler’s staff as a nominated charity to benefit from their regular safety monies. Heather McLean, business manager for the centre, said: “This is fantastic and I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the staff for supporting our work.”
Family’s close shave for Linzi
Marilyn Tilburn, husband Barry and grandson Declan Hill, braved a charity head shave to raise awareness and money to help future patients with a rare blood cancer Their daughter – Linzi Holdsworth – is currently having treatment for myeloma and is awaiting a donor transplant. With the future looking much brighter for Linzi, they wanted to do something to help local patients after fundraising for Myeloma UK previously. The intrepid trio had their heads shaved at a fun day at Tocketts Mill Country Park and restaurant in Guisborough. Thanks to everyone who sponsored them, supported the event and came along on the day a fantastic £1,137 has been raised for James Cook’s haematology day unit.
Fantastic fundraising to thank dedicated team
Thanks to the support of the children’s diabetes team at James Cook, young diabetes patient, Ewan McGee, 5, is enjoying life to the full. In recognition of what the caring team has done for him and to give something back, raise vital funds and improve awareness, his family organised a successful race night at Matron Cricket Club which has raised a fantastic £3,023.70. Alison Murray, paediatric diabetes nurse, said: “We are very grateful for this generous donation which we will use to help other young diabetes patients and their families.”
Pippa’s flying high
Adventurous hospital worker Pippa Grout is on a high after taking the plunge and falling through the sky from 10,000 feet in a charity sky dive. Pippa – who works on the surgical admission unit James Cook – took on the ultimate adrenaline challenge at Peterlee Parachute Centre in memory of her brother, David Kristopher Grout, who sadly passed away in May 2010 – aged 22 years old. Thanks to the generosity of family and friends and everyone who sponsored her Pippa has raised £625.10 for intensive care unit 2 (ICU2) James Cook to thank the dedicated staff for the wonderful care they gave her brother when he was a patient. The sky dive was a Christmas present from Pippa’s boyfriend, Darren Curry. She said: “My reason for jumping from a plane was for much more than fun and it was a thrilling and exhilarating challenge. I did something amazing in memory of my brother and to thank the doctors and nurses in intensive care for their expertise, care and support at a very difficult time for me and my family.”
Trio’s fundraising challenge for neonatal
Well done and thank you to Melanie Hannant, Fiona Henderson and Rachel Falconer who successfully completed the 10k mad monk extreme obstacle challenge in Derby raising a fantastic £1,219.50 for James Cook’s neonatal unit. Melanie’s cousin Nikki Westgarth died of the flu virus aged 21 in February, three days after her second child, Eva Rose, was born at only seven months weighing just over two pounds. The trio wanted to thank the unit’s dedicated staff for being amazing in caring and supporting baby Eva and especially supporting family and comforting them. Melanie said: They are real inspirations and a credit to the unit and trust.” This story is not just about raising vital funds for the unit but also about raising awareness around the signs of swine flu during pregnancy and encouraging pregnant women to get the flu jab. Money is still coming in and if anyone else wants to make a donation visit justgiving.com/. Thank you to Kim Hannant (Nikki’s mam) and her friends who have been knitting blankets and hats for the unit.
Memories of Rosie
Diane Henry’s birthday celebrations led to a generous surprise donation for the children’s community nursing service at the Friarage. Diane celebrated her 50th birthday in style at Romanby Golf Club and donations in lieu of gifts raised £550, thanks to the generosity of family and friends. Diane, husband Richard and son Daniel from Northallerton have helped the children’s ward many times over the years, but this was a special thank you to the dedicated children’s community nurses for looking after daughter, Rosie, for ten years until she passed away in August 2010. Rosie was a very special young lady, the nurses miss her and have lots of fond memories. Sister Claire Welford said: “It was a privilege to look after Rosie. She had a lovely smile and would always give us a thumbs up. The community children’s nurses would now like to give their own thumbs up to say thank you for this wonderful donation. We will use the money for monitoring equipment, children’s literature books – so the children understand their health needs – and for stickers and prizes for rewards.”
Greatful patient Brenda says thanks
A charity night at Eston Labour Club has raised a fantastic £2,325 for the haematology day unit at James Cook. Brenda Hooson and her daughter Beverley Thomas organised the successful event as Brenda’s way of saying thank you to the dedicated and caring staff for the high standard of care she is receiving as a patient. Thanks to Brenda and Beverley’s efforts and everyone who supported the fun night, future patients on the unit will benefit.
Raising the roof
The ‘Raise the Roof’ sell out charity event raised over £3,000 for the Trinity Holistic Centre at James Cook. Held at Whinstone View, Great Ayton in April, a live band – Sunshine Daze – entertained on the night and there was a hog roast from Easby Hogs and a fun photo booth by Photo Boothtique. It was a fantastic evening, great atmosphere and thanks to the many businesses who generously gave raffle prizes and everyone who supported the event lots of money was raised for the centre. Thank you to Charlotte Helm and Amelia Herbert who organised this very successful event for their hard work and efforts to help the centre. Plans are already underway for their next event.
On par for patients
A generous £2,400 donation will benefit patients on the teenage and young adults unit – in the haematology unit at James Cook. Dave Theakston – captain of Blackwell Grange Golf Club for the 2013/2014 season decided to support teenage cancers, choosing the unit as the golf club’s charity for the year. Dave’s daughter Debi is in remission from leukaemia and was treated at James Cook. Dave says “I am amazed by the combination of care and innovative science and by the dedication of the staff who deliver it. We are delighted to give something back.” Big thank you to Dave and everyone at the golf club for their support in raising this fantastic amount. The money will provide extra facilities to help younger patients feel more relaxed and at home when they are on the ward.
Coffee swells coffers
A coffee morning at Methodist school rooms in Helmsley has raised £389.90 for the Friarage Hospital’s children’s ward. Grandmother Katrina Theobald supported her grandchildren with organising the popular event to thank the dedicated children’s ward staff for the wonderful care the children received on various occasions and especially, last summer. Granddaughters Kayley and Paige especially wanted to help other children on the ward and a big thank you goes to Katrina, her family and everyone who came along, enjoyed a coffee and a chat and supported the event.
Sisters on the run
After being inspired by stories of children living with cancer in a television programme, caring sisters Isabella and Harriet Falcus raised £100 for cancer research at their local hospital. Isabella, 13 and Harriet, 11, ran 50 laps around Coronation Green – opposite where the live in Ormesby – to raise the money and were generously sponsored by neighbours. They paid James Cook a visit to present the money to grateful staff from the clinical trials team. Proud grandmother, Jacqueline Stephenson, said: “They are wonderful girls and I am very proud of them. Harriet was very poorly last year and visited James Cook a lot so they wanted to help their local hospital.”
Thank you to Lifestyle Fitness who delivered more than 80 Easter eggs to the children’s wards at James Cook over the Easter weekend with one member of staff dressed as Batman, much to the delight of all the youngsters on the wards.
The Friarage Hospital’s breast cancer support group’s annual “Pink Stall” raised a total of £273.72. Chairman Val Wilson said: “We were highly delighted to raise such an amount. We had a tremendous amount of gifts etc donated and would like to say a big thank you to all who supported us.”
Thank you to Virgin Money customers and staff for donating over 30 Easter Eggs to our children’s wards at James Cook Hospital. Thanks also go to Starlight Children’s Foundation for providing funds to decorate the ward for a special Easter party and POD Children’s Charity for funding an excellent afternoon’s entertainment from Mr Merlin the magician.
A big thank you to the Tuesday Art Group at Romanby who sold refreshments and raffle tickets at their recent art exhibition to raise funds for the Friarage Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group. Members are pictured here presenting the group with a cheque for £435.
Thank you Sainsbury’s
Sainsbury’s Yarm has generously donated £200 to the Trinity Holistic Centre to help with developing the garden and enhancing the outside area for patients, carers and visitors. As part of the development of two new car parks on the Middlesbrough hospital site and the building a dedicated link road – a new 326 space car park will be located on the land at the back of the centre and near to the treatment rooms. The donation will provide special boards to go around the centre, allowing visitors to relax and enjoy the outside area and gardens in privacy and comfort. The centre’s business manager Heather McLean said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff at Sainsbury’s for their help and support. We would also like to thank, Carillion PLC – the trust’s private sector partners – for donating their gardener’s time free of charge to help with the development and improvement of the garden area at the centre.”
Special thanks to dedicated staff
James Cook’s Golden Jubilee spinal cord injuries centre received a £552 donation to thank staff who cared for Joe McCorquodale, a patient on the unit for 9 ½ weeks. £276 was raised by Sue Rayner from a coffee morning and tombola of unwanted Christmas presents and Steria – who work with Her Majesty’s Passport Office – where Sue works, generously contributed a further £276. A big thank you goes to everyone who helped raise this generous amount which will help towards the comfort of future patients on the unit.
In Angela’s memory
Ward 14 at James Cook has received a welcome £2,450 donation in memory of Angela Bird. Angela spent a lot of time on the ward, felt comfortable there and really liked the dedicated staff. She was determined to raise money for them and give something back to thank them for the care she received. She was really looking to a charity night at Erimus Social Club, but sadly passed away before the event. Donna McLaughlin, Angela’s niece said she would have been blown away by how much was raised on the night in her memory. A big thank you to Angela’s family and to everyone who helped raise this fantastic amount from the charity night, sponsored bike ride and donations made at the funeral. The money raised will to go towards the free TV scheme on the ward as Angela really appreciated this.
Having had first-hand experience of being treated by the cancer team at James Cook, Mathew Butcher knew there were many local charities that could benefit from his fundraising efforts. The security advisor teamed up with his dad and colleagues from Cleveland Police to raise £1,888 for the testicular cancer fund at James Cook by getting sponsored to grow moustaches. The cash raised will be used to help set up a support group for future patients. “Nobody wants to go to hospital but the treatment I received was first class,” said Mathew who is pictured here handing over a cheque to Gill Perry from the South Tees Hospitals Charity team.
Tuning pianos to help MRI scanner
A big thank you to piano tuner, Michelle Rudd whose novel way of raising money for the Friarage Hospital MRI scanner appeal has raised £212.50. Michelle who is based in Northallerton, but covers a range of up to 60 miles is celebrating 30 years of professional piano tuning. She wanted to help a local good cause and was pleased to help by generously donated all her takings during January from tuning pianos to the appeal.
In memory of Ernie
Thank you to Valerie Slater of Boosbeck for donating £600 to ICU2 at James Cook. Valerie held a collection in memory of her husband Ernie who was treated on the unit. Friends and family gave generously to thank the intensive care team for the care Ernie received. “The staff did all they could and that’s why we wanted to give something back,” said Valerie. “They were so caring.”
Sewing team on hand to help
A big thank you to the staff in the sewing room at James Cook for their time and support in designing sensory covers for adults with learning disabilities. Jan Pearson, liaison nurse for adults with learning disabilities, approached laundry manager Micheal Pearce to ask if spare material could be used to make some sensory covers. Jan said: “Their enthusiasm was lovely and they made these fantastic sensory covers with their own time and resources. The covers will give patients – especially those with complex needs – stimulation at different levels, which will help them both physically and mentally.”
Dance raises money for charities
A successful Christmas charity dance at Hurworth Grange Community Centre has raised £2,550 for two local good causes. Around 162 people attended the fun event, were entertained by the Paul James band and enjoyed a two course supper. An auction raised £345 to boost the total from a raffle and donations on the night. Committee member, Colin Ward, wanted to help James Cook’s renal unit where wife Joyce is an outpatient, to thank the dedicated staff and in recognition of the excellent care she has received. South Tees Hospitals Charity and Great North Air Ambulance shared the money raised and were delighted to be presented with a cheque from Hurworth Grange Community centre committee members, Jim Manning, Rod Fidell, Colin Ward and Geoff Corner, who organised the event. Paul Watkins from South Tees Hospitals Charity, said: “We are very grateful for this generous donation which will benefit future patients on the renal unit. A big thank you to the community centre committee and everyone who attended the event for their support.“
Fundraising bonanza helps babies
Roy Willis and Rachel Thompson’s little boy Dominic was born 14 weeks early and weighing the same as a bag of sugar, 2lb 3oz. Dominic spent the first three months of his life in James Cook’s neonatal unit and they wanted to give something back to unit who saved his life to say thank you. Fundraising events including £1 a hug with Dominic, bungee jumps from the Transporter Bridge, a raffle, a family fun day at Middlesbrough’s Stewart Park to coincide with Dominic’s first birthday and a 31 man sponsored walk which raised a fantastic £5,408.45. A big thank you to everyone who generously helped raise the money which will benefit future babies cared for on the unit.
In memory of Max
The wonderful care Debbie Ford’s daughter Marie received from the neonatal team at James Cook when she sadly lost baby, Max, has led to a fantastic £4,142.56 donation. Debbie wanted to give something back and thanks to her very successful fundraising – which included a charity night, sponsored walk, raffle, tombolas, children’s parties, bungee jumps and half marathons – the neonatal unit will benefit. A big thank you to generous friends, family and local businesses for their support and for helping Debbie raise this massive amount.
Star students help children’s ward
Thank you to students at Outwood Academy in Acklam who visited the children’s wards at James Cook to hand over an impressive £1,925.73. The pupils are awarded points throughout the year which they can convert into money for charity and the school voted to donate this year’s proceeds to the children’s wards to buy whatever its young patients request including art and craft activities and DVDs.
Sweet thank you in memory of Jean
Arthur Thompson visited ward 9 at James Cook, along with daughter Lynne and oldestalong with daughter Lynne and oldest son Arthur to say thank you to the staff for looking after his wife Jean who sadly passed away in October 2013 . The family generously brought along gifts of biscuits and chocolates for the staff and a cheque for £350 to benefit future patients. Arthur said: “The staff were wonderful, they really looked after Jean and we thought this was the best way to say thank you.”
Ian Barker from Barkers of Northallerton is pictured here handing over a cheque for £1103.30 to the Friarage Hospital’s breast cancer support group. Barkers in Northallerton has been selling copies of a farming memoir to raise money the group. George Barker published his memoirs in May. The book, Cart Horses to Computers, spans 60 years as a farmer. George is a relative of the firm’s founding family and his wife Molly was a former chairman of the breast cancer support group.
Tasty donation after club’s Tadpole Pie gig
Grateful former patient James Smith popped back to Ward 32 at James Cook and presented the staff there with a cheque for £160. The money was donated by the committee at The North Road Social Club in Bolden Colliery, known to James and his fellow members as ‘The Shack’, while they listened to the band, ‘Tadpole Pie’. James, of Town End Farm, Sunderland, said: “The care I received was outstanding. Nothing was too much for anyone. They were all excellent.” Elaine Dickinson, sister on the ward, said; “We are very grateful to James and all his club members who contributed. All the money will go towards improving the comfort for patients while they are in our care.”
Our heartfelt thanks
The neonatal unit at The James Cook University Hospital has benefitted from a very grateful family’s donation. James Clish was born over three months premature and was in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit for the first two and a half months of his life. Now, 17 months on, James is a sprightly toddler and his mum Judith and sister-in-law Lisa Clish returned to the unit to hand over £3,000 as a thank you to the staff who cared for James during his ten-week stay. Judith said: “We felt we needed to say a real big thank you to the amazing team on the neonatal unit for their care in looking after James and the support they offered David and I during what was a very anxious and highly emotional time for us.” For the full story, visit the ‘donated funds’ section on the neonatal page.
Time for tea
Barkers of Northallerton held an afternoon tea in their restaurant in aid of the Friarage Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group. Support group members are pictured here with the tombola which, together with the afternoon tea, raised £816. Group chairman Val Wilson said: “The proceeds as always will be put to very good use within our group for the help of all ladies going through this terrible disease.”
Taking a trip down memory lane
A special memory corner encouraging patients to recollect memories from the past has pride of place in the Rutson rehabilitation unit at the Friarage. A big thank you to the unit’s dedicated staff and everyone who helped provide items for the memory corner which will stimulate the memory, help trigger memories, and promote conversation in patients, in turn, helping them feel more at home on the unit.
Bedale Beauty success benefits patients
The Friarage’s Scott suite breast unit has benefitted as part of Bedale Beauty’s 21st birthday celebrations. Thanks to owner Donna Stothard, her fabulous team and their amazing loyal clients who celebrated in style at a special birthday party and hugely successful fundraising event, a fantastic £1,120 was raised. Over the 21 years Donna (centre) pictured with breast Judith Curtis and Louise Sadler has been in business in Bedale numerous clients have benefitted from the care provided by the Scott suite which is why they decided to help. A big thank you to everyone who supported the event.
Donna goes to new heights for breast cancer
Daredevil fundraiser Donna Ainsley went to great heights to raise money for the Friarage’s Scott Suite breast unit. A customer consultant at Yorkshire Building Society’s Northallerton branch, Donna along with daughter Sam, did a 12,000ft sky dive at Skydive Academy at Peterlee Parachute Centre after receiving treatment for breast cancer at the unit. She raised £600 and Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation donated a further £1,055 making a grand total of £1,655, which will help buy a new treatment bed. A big thank you to Donna, the building society, and the generous family, friends and customers who sponsored her.
Parents’ generous donation to ward
The parents of a young man who passed away on Ward 14 at The James Cook University Hospital popped back in to hand over a cheque in excess of £500 to the Ward manager, Bev Rodgers. Bev said “On behalf of the staff and patients of Ward 14 I am grateful for the generous donation made by Mr and Mrs Gibson in memory of their son Ian who sadly died on the ward earlier this year. The funds will be used to continue to provide bedside TV free of charge to our patients. Mr and Mrs Gibson have a number of fundraising events planned and the ward is very grateful for their continuing support.” Mr and Mrs Gibson are shown handing over the cheque to Bev watched by case manager Kenra Powell, left, and clinical director for oncology for the trust, Dr Adrian Rathmell.
School helps Friarage children’s unit
A big thank you to Ainderby Steeple Church of England Primary School who chose the Friarage children’s unit as their charity this year. The children put in a tremendous effort raising a fantastic £2,000 through various activities such as sponsored events, Fairtrade afternoon, Carol singing, Christmas performance donations, summer fayre and a staff weigh in. They chose the unit as many of the children have used the ward when they have been poorly or had accidents. Four delighted members of staff members, Chris Kyle, Michele Pearson, Diane Wallace and Julie Scott received the cheque at the school’s harvest festival. The money will be used to buy hand held saturation monitors and replace some of the televisions. Jo Kelsey, children’s unit manager, said: “Once again the local support given to the children’s unit astounds us and we thank the school for their amazing effort.” Head boy and girl, Archie Turner and Lucy Foster are pictured with chldren’s unit staff.
Family fun for cystic fibrosis centre
Fifteen-year-old Abigail Purcifer has donated a portable lung function machine to the Teesside cystic fibrosis centre at James Cook. Abigail’s family organised a family fun day with the help of Grangefield Youth and Community Centre and Stockton Rangers Junior FC to give something back to the hospital that has treated her for cystic fibrosis since she was just three years old. Stockton Cricket Club also held a charity match to help Abigail reach her total of £1,600. Cystic fibrosis physiotherapist Pate Cole pictured here (right) with specialist nurse Fiona Lindsay, Abigail and mum Helen (left), said: “This new machine will benefit patients in the hospital and in the community and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped raise the funds to buy us this extra piece of equipment.”
Game, set and match for cancer patients
A charity football match between Leeds United FC legends and Fylingdales Football Club raised a magnificent £2,550 shared equally between ward 14 at James Cook and Macmillan Cancer. The family and friends of the late, Winnie Armstrong, who was cared for on ward 14 also donated £620 in her memory. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the preparation and organisation of the family fun day and match for making it such a success. Also to Brendan Ormesby and his team of Leeds United legends for making it possible. The idea of Linda Winspear, Bay Hotel, Robin Hoods Bay the event was in memory of people from the community who have died from cancer in celebration of their lives, and also to support families faced with cancer in future.
From a comedian to a Redcar landmark
Colin Caig, Pat Hodgson, Angela Harker and John Limmer, from Acklam Independent Riders completed a three day, 127-mile coast to coast bike ride from Morecambe to the beacon in Redcar to help the Stroke Association. The team’s first big charity challenge they supported the Stroke Association as Angela works in Carter Bequest Hospital’s stroke rehabilitation ward. She said: “I have seen the devastating effect a stroke can have, not only on the patient, but the whole family. The Stroke Association has an information and support service as well as a communication support coordinator in our hospital and they really help our families.” Stephanie Edwards, information and support coordinator for the Stroke Association, supported the team by driving the support vehicle, she said: “We are so grateful that Angela and her team supported the Stroke Association and the money raised will help ensure we can continue to help stroke survivors and their families.” People can still donate by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/AIR.
Macmillan world’s biggest coffee morning – close shave
The information services and information, communications and technology (ICT) teams held a coffee morning at Egglestone court. Staff made cakes for the cake stall and held a tombola. Lee Heaviside, information officer, had his hair shaved. He said: “Most people have a family member or friend whose life has been affected by cancer. When I heard it was the Macmillan coffee morning coming up again, I decided to try and help raise a bit more cash by getting my hair shaved off. Thanks to the generosity of work colleagues and Paul Brown’s hairdressing skills, we have managed to raise £110 for a very worthy cause.” A grand total of £400 was raised for Macmillan thanks to the teams.