Wear purple for cancer patients

Posted on in Fundraising, Hospitals

Friends Mark Stewart and Brian Jones are going that extra mile and aiming to raise a fantastic £40,000 to help towards the redevelopment of the haematology day unit at The James Cook University Hospital.

Mark, age 40, from Middleton Tyas, near Richmond, was diagnosed with chronic cancer in March. He is a patient on the unit which treats patients with blood cancers and other blood disorders.

Currently, the environment for patients and visitors on the unit is far from ideal, and plans are underway to relocate the services to another part of the hospital in 2014.

Mark appreciated the unit’s dedicated staff and their efforts to lift patients’ spirits, and provide the best possible care. He wanted to thank them and do something which would help to improve the environment for future patients and support their recovery.

Two purple walks are taking place on Saturday 14 September around the Tees Barrage area of Stockton on Tees, and Mark is encouraging people to join him and Brian, and be part of a day of inspiration and hope, and support future patients at the unit at the same time.

Walkers are encouraged to wear something purple for both walks, which start at 11am from the slip on Navigation Way. Route one is one mile and route two three miles. Both are accessible for wheelchairs, push chairs and buggies and families are encouraged to take part in the walks.

There is no fee to take part but people are encouraged to confirm their attendance and numbers to ian.helps@ntlworld.com or 07974 122334 if they require further information.

People can make a donation on http://www.justgiving.com/purplewalk or text – GLAK64 – plus the amount they wish to donate to 70070.

As well as taking part in the walk if anyone would like to volunteer on the day, can they contact Brian Jones at bjones@imagoassociates.co.uk.

Suzi Campbell from South Tees Hospitals Charity said: “We much appreciate this helping hand. We hope people will go along, join in the fun and enjoy a walk with their family and friends. Money raised will help us to provide a first class facility for treating patients with blood cancers and other blood disorders – designed with the patient in mind.”