Paralympic champion gold medallist, Marc Woods, will open ward 14’s family suite at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough on Thursday 15 August 2013. Marc is a motivational speaker, who developed bone cancer at the age of 17. His dream was to simply be the best he could be and only 18 months after he finished chemotherapy was selected to represent Great Britain in the paralympic games.
Actor Paul Brennen will tackle the Great North Run in September to raise funds for the intensive care at The James Cook University Hospital. Paul is running for his close friend Phil Holbrook, whose wife tragically died in a car accident last December – an accident which also left Phil with life-threatening injuries and in a coma for a week.
Almost 30 cyclists have completed a gruelling 152-mile coast-to-coast bike ride raising around £5,000 for the Cleveland unit in the process.
Led by Stephen Whincup, the team completed the Whitehaven to Tynemouth journey in three days, to help the unit which cared for Stephen’s son Dylan for almost two years.
Former Boro star Bernie Slaven took part in the New York half marathon earlier this year to say thanks for the fantastic care his son has received from the children’s diabetes team at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. The funds will be used to support innovative education and support events including practical carbohydrate counting, under 7’s fun day and an annual sports day.
An ambitious appeal is being launched this week to raise £2million for an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanner at the Friarage Hospital. South Tees Hospitals Charity is embarking on its first major fundraising campaign – in partnership with the Friends of the Friarage – to reach its target by December 2015. And the Friends have certainly got the ball rolling by pledging £250,000 at Thursday’s launch with further fundraising to follow.
The chief executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Professor Tricia Hart, has been ranked in the ‘top 10’ of most influential clinical leaders in England. Professor Hart was placed at number ten in the HSJ’s clinical leaders list, launched this year, which looked for clinicians influencing policy, innovation and service transformation.
Military personnel at the Friarage will be splashing out at a charity car wash and raffle at the Northallerton hospital on Thursday 13 June from 8am to 6pm. The fun event is being held to support and improve the high standards the Ministry of Defence Hospital Unit (MDHU) unit at the hospital strives to for its military personnel. Staff, patients and the public who feel their car is in need of a bit of a wash can pop down to the hospital’s main car park to show their support and have their car washed for only £3, and take part in the raffle.
A surgeon at The James Cook University Hospital has performed what is believed to be the region’s first minimally invasive surgery for removing tumours from the thymus gland. The video-assisted technique enables small cancers to be removed using three small incisions in the side of the chest rather than having to cut through the patient’s breastbone.