Hospital staff raise £4.5k for children

Wansbeck Hospital staff donate �2247 each to charities Bright and the NSPCC at the hospital (left to right-front two) Lynn McCormack-Bright Volunteer and Charity Development Officer and Nihad Cehic-NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager.'REF 1202153730
Wansbeck Hospital staff donate �2247 each to charities Bright and the NSPCC at the hospital (left to right-front two) Lynn McCormack-Bright Volunteer and Charity Development Officer and Nihad Cehic-NSPCC Community Fundraising Manager.'REF 1202153730
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A group of A&E staff have raised £4,500 to help children and families by undertaking a 120-mile walking challenge.

The group, from Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington, raised the money for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity and the NSPCC.

They walked from Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle to Wansbeck General in September last year, stopping off at Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital and Hexham and North Tyneside general hospitals along the way.

The ten-strong team, including domestic staff, healthcare assistants, senior nurses, doctors and A&E consultants, tackled some of the area’s wildest terrains on the walk and camped out overnight.

The group also held a number of tombolas to raise the money which has been split equally between the two charities.

Craig Leathard, charge nurse at Wansbeck, who led the walk, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been able to raise so much money for Bright and the NSPCC to help local children and families who are experiencing difficult times.

“The walk was a tough physical challenge for all of us, however, greatly enjoyed and certainly very different to our charity calendar. Working in A&E we all see families who could benefit from a little help so we’re pleased our efforts will go some way to supporting them.”

Bright works to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS.