Family’s donation to thank hospital

Grace McShane and her sister Cassie Fairbairn are joined by physios Roz Middleton and Sarah Watling, mum Sarah McShane, aunt Christine Chilcott, Marion Snaith, Sister Lesley McGreavy, and dad Derek McShane.
Grace McShane and her sister Cassie Fairbairn are joined by physios Roz Middleton and Sarah Watling, mum Sarah McShane, aunt Christine Chilcott, Marion Snaith, Sister Lesley McGreavy, and dad Derek McShane.

A youngster and her family have thanked hospital staff who helped her recover from a brain injury.

Grace McShane spent three months in the Great North Children’s Hospital, in Newcastle, from August 2015 after suffering a large bleed on the brain which caused left-side facial palsy and left upper and lower limb weakness.

The youngster, from Blyth, was the first child to benefit from the Diego video games robot at the GNCH, designed to help rehabilitate children with brain injuries.

Grace, now eight, was joined by her family to present a cheque for £2,538 to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity to support the work of the children’s Neuro Ward 1b.

The money was raised through a charity evening held at the Comrades Club in Blyth and an online auction with lots including a signed football from Manchester United, a baseball cap signed by Lewis Hamilton, return flights with Jet2 to any European destination and other prizes.

Grace’s dad Derek said: “We feel very strongly that we should highlight the amazing staff at the GNCH and this is our way of saying thank you.

“Whilst Grace was here we saw for ourselves the wonderful work being done, over and above the call of duty.

“It was our deepest wish to do something to benefit both the children’s neuro ward and the physio team who put in such hard work with Grace and had such a great relationship with her.

“It may only be a small amount, but it will hopefully make a difference to other children coming through.”

“We want to thank all those who came to the charity night, who made donations, gave us raffle prizes and auction lots and for those who provided entertainment free of charge. It means a great deal to us, to Grace and to the hospital.”