Pigeon fanciers join together to raise funds for oncology unit at North Tyneside hospital
A group of pigeon fanciers have joined together to raise over £600 for the oncology unit at North Tyneside General Hospital which looks after patients undergoing treatment for cancer.
John Hunt and Alfie Patterson started the fundraising and it was John’s grandfather Tommy who suggested the unit as it is where he receives treatment.
John, from Palmersville, said: “It started as a bit of banter on Facebook between two pigeon lofts with the loosing loft over nine young bird races making a donation to the winner’s designated charity.
“This gained momentum with friends and pigeon fanciers from across the UK and as far as Ireland kindly donating whatever they could afford.
“The end total was unbelievable so we decided we would split the donations between the oncology unit at North Tyneside hospital and the Bradley Lowry Foundation.
“The oncology unit was my grandfather’s choice. We got the loft back in 2014 and it’s been a great way for him to get out.”
Tommy said: “I’ve received treatment at the unit for eight years and the staff have been absolutely brilliant. I hope this donation will help other patients like me.”
Unit manager Allison Nielsen said: “We are absolutely delighted and want to thank Tommy, John and all of the pigeon fanciers for their generosity. The funds raised will go to providing the special extras which make such a difference to our patients.”