Pupils are red-y to help with charity

At the presentation are, from left, staff nurse Shona Guy, charge nurse Peter Towns, Callum Richardson, Karen Richardson, Riley Elliott and sister Jill Phelan.
At the presentation are, from left, staff nurse Shona Guy, charge nurse Peter Towns, Callum Richardson, Karen Richardson, Riley Elliott and sister Jill Phelan.
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PATIENTS battling cancer will be able to keep in touch with their families thanks to the generosity of youngsters.

Pupils at Burnside Primary School, in Cramlington, raised nearly £3,000 in one day for regional blood cancer charity Bright Red thanks to a cake sale and ran a sponsored spell.

They were motivated to raise the funds after an assembly by Professor Matt Collin, a trustee at Bright Red and doctor at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and a researcher at Newcastle University.

Karen Richardson, a trustee for Bright Red, said: “The pupils and the school have been fantastic.

“To raise £3,000 in one day is amazing and has gone a long way to helping our patients.

“A lot of the patients receiving treatment at the Freeman Hospital are unable to see all of their friends and family.

“For patients undergoing a bone marrow transplant, visitation is extremely restricted and they are unable to have children visit.

“We have been looking at buying iPads for the ward for a while now, and the £3,000 raised at Burnside meant we were able to purchase five iPads complete with accessories.

“This means patients can watch TV, movies, listen to music and keep themselves entertained, but more importantly they will be able to Skype relatives at no cost to themselves to help keep them in touch with their families at such an important time.

“These iPads will help a lot of our patients for years to come. The pupils and staff should be very proud of themselves, well done and thank you.”

Karen’s father died of blood cancer so she knows first hand how important Bright Red is. She recently completed the Macchu Picchu trek in her father’s memory, to raise further funds for the charity.

Her eight-year-old son Callum, who attends Burnside, presented the iPads to Peter Towns, the charge Nurse of Ward 33, on behalf of the school and Bright Red.