Patient Darryl Mather, 17, from Middlesbrough is so grateful for the help and support of the dedicated children’s ward 21 staff at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough he is organising a fundraising bonanza to help them.
Darryl and his brother Tyler, 9, have primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) – a rare disease that affects the tiny, hair-like structures that line the airways in the respiratory tract. A regular visitor – 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.
He is generously organising lots of fun events and is asking for everyone’s help to raise money for the children’s ward to give something back and thank them for looking after him so well over the years and his brother in the future.
A sponsored children’s walk at Albert Park in Middlesbrough will kick-start his fundraising, and others events will follow. Some of the fun events he has planned are:
- Sponsored children’s walk – Friday 5 July – 1pm Albert Park Middlesbrough. There will be a picnic and games to keep the children entertained.
- Bungee jump – Sunday 3 August – Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough. Darryl’s brother Daniel Mather, 24, will be taking the plunge.
- Football match – Saturday 2 August 2014 – top corner of old TA Centre, Middlesbrough – kick off 1.30pm.
- Charity night – Thursday 11 September – Priory Social Club Marton Road, Middlesbrough, including charity raffle with great prizes on offer. Tickets £2.50 each.
Cathy Brammer, clinical matron for neonates, children and young people has known Daryl and his family since he was a young child. She said: “We are very grateful to Darryl for supporting the ward and future young patients with his fundraising efforts on our behalf and would like to thank him for his help.
“He is an amazing young man and is about to make the transition to adult services, so it is wonderful he is wanting to do this to improve services for other patients, especially his brother Tyler.”
If anyone is interested in talking part in the children’s walk or football match and would like further information, or to help by buying raffle tickets (five for £1) they can contact Darryl on 07932 558445.
You can also make a donation on his just giving page www.justgiving.com/darryl-mather.