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Bright donation to benefit North Tyneside children

Friday, 11 July, 2014
Bright donation to benefit North Tyneside children

Staff and patients from North Tyneside General Hospital have been to visit the new Tim Lamb Children’s Centre in Benton to hand over a donation that will benefit many of the Trust’s young patients.  

Bright Northumbria – the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – has donated a special treatment couch and several first aid boxes, after hearing about how the new centre will be working with children and young people who are patients at North Tyneside General Hospital. 

Ten-year-old Millie, who was born prematurely at 24 weeks and weighed just 1lb 5oz, had to fight for life.  She is now one of the North Tyneside patients who will be using the new centre in Benton.  Millie has no physical disabilities however she is deaf, has ADHD – a mild learning disability and mental health issues.

Millie has been cared for by the Trust’s paediatric occupational therapy team at North Tyneside, which helps hundreds of children and families adapt to the challenges of everyday life that may be a result of a child’s physical, psychological or learning disability.

The team supports children in North Tyneside with complex and additional needs, helping to maximise their abilities and independence in all aspects of daily living, including educational, self care and social activities.

Alison Watson, Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist in Paediatrics at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is fantastic to see the effort and dedication that has gone into building this fantastic new centre and we know it will bring much needed support for many of our young patients. 

“We are really delighted that our Trust’s charity – Bright Northumbria – has donated this vital equipment which will help many of our patients who will use the centre and make sure it is accessible for all. 

“Due to the hard work of the parents involved in Pathways this fantastic new centre has been achieved and I know it will bring much needed support and fun for many of our families. “

Millie and her mum Lynn McManus have been heavily involved in Pathways and the development of the new Tim Lamb Children’s Centre, named in memory of the late Metro Centre boss, which will provide a community facility for children of all ages with disabilities.

Millie’s mum Lynn commented: “It is fantastic to have the support of the local NHS, as well as the many other local businesses, who have recognised this is a much needed resource for the many children across North Tyneside who have disabilities.

“All children need a place to play and opportunities to socialise with their friends but for those with disabilities and additional needs, accessing community facilities can prove challenging and often impossible.  Thanks to this new bespoke facility in North Tyneside, many children will now have a safe and secure place just to be themselves.”

The Tim Lamb Centre will soon feature on a new series on Channel 5 in the New Year called ‘Operation Homefront’ which will show the transformation of the old disused building into the newly refurbished centre.  For more information