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Margaret’s golden thanks for life-saving staff

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Margaret’s golden thanks for life-saving staff

A grandmother has celebrated her Golden Wedding anniversary by thanking staff at North Tyneside General Hospital for saving her life.

Margaret Charlton, from South Wellfield, Whitley Bay, was cared for in the intensive care unit after contracting pneumonia and septicaemia. She spent eight weeks in hospital and thankfully has made a full recovery.

To mark 50 years of marriage in March, Margaret and husband John, did not want any presents, however, asked friends and family for donations to the hospital’s intensive care unit as a way of saying thank you.

Margaret said: “I can’t thank them enough for saving my life and I cannot fault the staff who were amazing.

“While at times, I didn’t know anything about the experience, my family have said the staff were absolutely brilliant not only in looking after me however keeping them informed about what was happening.

“It is down to the team in ITU that we were able to celebrate our Golden Wedding anniversary so it was only right that the hospital should benefit as our way of saying thank you.”

The couple presented £320 to Sue Ewart, matron for intensive care at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Sue said: “A Golden Wedding is a special family occasion and we are touched that Margaret and John asked for donations to our unit.

“It means so much to the staff to get this feedback from patients and the money will be used to further improve the care we provide to patients and their families.”

The donation is through the Trust’s Bright charity, which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.

Margaret and John were married in 1963. They have two children and two grandchildren.