Rugby club’s donation to A&E
A North Shields rugby club has given £600 to help people who need treatment at North Tyneside General Hospital accident and emergency department.
Percy Park Rugby Club donated the takings from the gate of its match with Rockcliffe Rugby Club on Boxing Day to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s department.
The club chose A&E because in the past year a number of its players have been treated in the department.
Nicky Jenkins, senior staff nurse in A&E, said: “We are delighted that Percy Park has chosen us as their charity this year and would like to thank them for the donation.
“The department has close links with the club and other sports groups in the borough and our staff are on hand to treat any injury that may occur on the pitch.”
Club president Kevin Dale said: “Due to the nature of rugby, many of our players have had cause to go to A&E and, without exception, they have received high quality care from the department’s dedicated staff.
“We’re pleased to be able to give something back to the department and go some way to helping people who need to attend for treatment in the future.”
The money will be used to help improve people’s experiences of being treated in the department.
The donation is through Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients of all ages have the best experience possible in hospital.
Kevin Dale presented the cheque to Nicky Jenkins, senior staff nurse, Mike Rickards, emergency care consultant, and Ian Joy, matron for minor injuries.