A Teesside pub is organising a family fun weekend over the bank holiday to raise funds for the children’s ward at The James Cook University Hospital. The Coulby Farm Pub has pulled out all the stops to ensure there is something for everyone and attractions include a Robbie Williams tribute night on Friday 23 August, a beach party on Saturday 24 August and a fun day on Sunday 25 August.
A Fylingfes 2013 event is being held at Fylingdales Inn on the North Yorkshire coast, near Robin Hood’s Bay. The country inn has pulled out all the stops to ensure there is something for everyone at the event organised in memory of friend and neighbour, John Barber, who was cared for on oncology ward 14 at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Money raised will be shared between the oncology ward which looks after cancer patients at the hospital and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The event is being held on Saturday 7 September at the pub and there will be live music from 12noon to 12 midnight.
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.
Mums from across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland are being invited to take part in worldwide breastfeeding awareness event on Saturday.
As part of the World Breastfeeding Week, which runs from Thursday 1 August, thousands of breastfeeding women and their babies/children across the world will gather in their own communities to take part in the Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event to be held in multiple locations.
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.
A new appointment confirmation service for people attending hospital outpatient clinics will go live next month (August). In 2012/2013, a staggering 67,085 outpatient appointments were missed at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital – 8% of all scheduled appointments – costing the trust thousands of pounds. Now from 1 August, patients will start to receive an automated call or text message six or seven days before their hospital visit, asking them to confirm their appointment details.