Ben steps out to help raise money for hospital

Ben Nixon with Cramlington Rotary Club president Sue Perola (left) and Lynn McCormack from Northumbria Healthcare.
Ben Nixon with Cramlington Rotary Club president Sue Perola (left) and Lynn McCormack from Northumbria Healthcare.
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A youngster put his best foot forward to help brighten up a hospital environment.

Ben Nixon, of Cramlington, walked the length of Hadrian’s Wall with his grandfather Robert Nixon, completing the 84-mile walk over a 10-day period.

And the 12-year-old managed to raise £750, which he has donated to The Northumbria hospital at Cramlington to help create a community art space to show local work.

Robert is a member of Cramlington Rotary Club, which is helping Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to create a garden.

Ben said: “The walk was great fun and the scenery was lovely, but it was also a lot of hard work.

“Thankfully the weather was good.

“I’d like to thank my grandfather who walked with me and encouraged me along the way.

“It’s not very nice for anyone to be in hospital, especially when you’re a child, and I hope that the young patients will like the artwork and it makes them smile.”

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We were really humbled when we heard about Ben’s fund-raising walk – 84 miles is no mean feat – and we’d like to thank him very much for his efforts.

“Art plays such an important role at The Northumbria hospital and we’ve had some very positive comments about the pieces on show from the stunning photographs from the competition we ran last year to the wonderful embroideries.

“It’s fantastic that the local people have been part of many of these works so far and the community art space we’re planning will only boost community involvement and further enhance the hospital environment for patients and visitors.”

For further information about its healing arts programme, call 0191 2031354 or email brightcharity@northumbria.nhs.uk