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College students stay awake for a day – for a good cause

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
College students stay awake for a day – for a good cause

Students at Northumberland College stayed awake for 24 hours and raised almost £600 for Wansbeck General Hospital.

Thirteen students from the Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 3 course at Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, take part in the event, raising £285 for both the Children’s Assessment Unit and the oncology unit.

Karen Lawless, Early Years course team leader at Northumberland College, said: “Our students regularly take part in fundraising events to support local charities. On this occasion my group chose to complete a 24-hour ‘Stay Awake’ at Kirkley Hall as they decided it would be quite a feat for teenagers to stay awake!

“As they are studying Early Years, the group felt the Children’s Assessment Unit at Wansbeck General Hospital would be a good beneficiary alongside the oncology unit as many of the students had family members or knew of people who needed this facility in the area.

“The students planned a variety of activities including ghost walks, quizzes and team games to help each other to stay awake and reminded themselves of the reasons why they were doing it.”

Ian McMinn, non-executive director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re delighted that the students decided to raise money to benefit patients in Wansbeck hospital. We would like to thank them for their efforts and wish them well with their studies.

“All donations we receive go towards helping to improve our patients’ experiences of receiving their care with us.”

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.