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Football match raises over £4,000 for Wansbeck hospital’s Palliative Care Unit

Friday, 21 July, 2017
Football match raises over £4,000 for Wansbeck hospital’s Palliative Care Unit

Wansbeck hospital’s Palliative Care Unit has been presented with a donation of over £4,000 after a family held a fundraising football match.

The ‘Match for Margaret’, held at Ashington CFC in April was organised by Neil and Helen Dickinson.

This was the third year running that the event has taken place to raise funds for the Palliative Care Unit.

Neil and Helen Dickinson organised the event with the support of their family and friends in memory of Helen’s Mam, Margaret Stewart who was cared for on the unit.

Margaret was a nurse herself, serving for many years caring for elderly patients and also training young nurses.

Ward Sister Leanne Hale said, “We are incredibly grateful to Neil and Helen and their family and friends for their on-going support of the Palliative Care Unit and appreciate the tremendous amount of effort that goes into organising an event of this scale. .

“The support the ‘Match for Margaret’ receives is just fantastic and we’re amazed and very grateful for the generosity of everyone involved. The event has raised an incredible amount for the unit over the last three years and the funds raised are being put to very good use and making such a difference to our patients and their families.

“Our heartfelt thanks go to Neil and Helen and everyone who has supported the ‘Match for Margaret’.

Neil Dickinson said: “Yet another successful year for the ‘Match For Margaret’, me and Helen simply could not have envisaged the unbelievable total we actually raised in excess of £4,000 for Wansbeck hospital Palliative Care Unit with a similar amount going to Help Save Frankie Sherwood Appeal, I have to say that this is very much a team effort and without the help of a lot of people we simply couldn’t put on the event.

“We are very proud of where we have come and understand that the funds are being put to very good use in helping both patients and families.”

The donation to palliative care was made via Bright Northumbria which is the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The charity aims to provide the extras to care that aren’t provided through regular NHS funding. For further information contact Bright Northumbria 0191 203 1354 /

Pictured: Helen Dickinson (left) presenting the cheque with Malcolm Stewart and Liam Hullah to Ward Sister Leanne Hale (front right) and staff from the unit.