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Staying awake students support hospital units

Students from Northumberland College from the Children and Young Peoples Workforce course have raised �570 by doing a sponsored stay awake. The money is being presented to the Children's Assessment Unit (pictured) and the Oncology Unit at Wansbeck Hospital. GM040498

Students from Northumberland College from the Children and Young Peoples Workforce course have raised �570 by doing a sponsored stay awake. The money is being presented to the Children's Assessment Unit (pictured) and the Oncology Unit at Wansbeck Hospital. GM040498

College students challenged themselves to stay awake for a day all for a good cause.

A total of 13 from the children and young people’s workforce course at Northumberland College stayed awake for 24 hours.

And they raised £570 for Wansbeck General Hospital – with £285 being presented to both the children’s assessment unit and the oncology unit.

Karen Lawless, early years course team leader at Northumberland College, said: “Our students regularly take part in fundraising events to support local charities.

“On this occasion my group chose to complete a 24-hour ‘Stay Awake’ at Kirkley Hall as they decided it would be quite a feat for teenagers to stay awake.

“As they are studying early years, the group felt the children’s assessment unit at Wansbeck General Hospital would be a good beneficiary alongside the oncology unit as many of the students had family members or knew of people who needed this facility in the area.

“The students planned a variety of activities including ghost walks, quizzes and team games to help each other to stay awake and reminded themselves of the reasons why they were doing it.”

Ian McMinn, non-executive director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the students decided to raise money to benefit patients in Wansbeck hospital.

“We would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them well with their studies.

“All donations we receive go towards helping to improve our patients’ experiences of receiving their care with us.”

 

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