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Thousands raised for hospital diabetes care in memory of Lee

Tuesday, 09 September, 2014
Thousands raised for hospital diabetes care in memory of Lee

A group of friends from North Shields have raised nearly £4,000 to help young adults receiving care for diabetes at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Paul Yellop, Bryan Denley and six friends embarked on a three-day 100-mile triathlon and held a fund-raising evening at Chirton Social Club, North Shields, to raise funds for the diabetes unit.

The challenge was in memory of Paul’s son Lee, who died in 2010 aged 25, who received treatment at the hospital’s young adult diabetes service.

The money will go towards the purchase of entertainment devices for the service which is specifically tailored to meet the needs of the young adult population living with diabetes.

Dr Stuart Bennett, diabetes consultant at North Tyneside General Hospital, said: “We are extremely grateful to Paul and his friends for this fantastic donation. It is a distressing time when a young adult is diagnosed with diabetes and Lee battled his illness with such bravery.

“The money will go towards helping to improve the experiences of fellow young adults receiving their treatment in the unit and will be a lasting legacy to him.”

Paul said: “It was a tough challenge however a lot of fun and we would like to thank everyone who supported us along the way.

“The staff at the unit cared for Lee so well and we all wanted to give something back to the hospital. It was fitting that we did this on what was the fourth anniversary of his death.”

The challenge, at the end of May, saw the friends cycle from Coldstream to Amble, walk to Blyth, then run to Chirton Social Club where the fund-raising night was held.

The donation is through Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’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 during their stay in hospital.

Paul and Bryan would like to thank the six friends who did the triathlon with him, his daughter Louise, staff and committee members at Chirton Social Club, all the social clubs in the No 7 Division, Dawson and Sanderson, the Cottage Kitchen, John Luke Van Hire, The Village Hotel, Naomi’s Flower Shop and Terry Joyce and Shirley Mac, for providing the entertainment on the evening.