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Join Team Bright for the Great North Run 2022

Sunday 11 September 2022

Known for its amazing atmosphere, the Great North Run is the world’s biggest and best half marathon. Starting in Newcastle upon Tyne, the 13.1 mile route takes runners over the iconic Tyne Bridge and finishes at the South Shields seafront.

There are two ways to run for Bright:

Charity place

We have a limited number of charity places available. We ask you to pay a £59 registration fee and commit to raising £200 in sponsorship. Register here.

Own place

If you’re lucky enough to have secured a place in the ballot, we would love for you to join Team Bright – you can set your own sponsorship target. Contact

Each runner will receive

  • a complimentary professional running vest
  • support from our Bright charity team
  • post-race charity village reception for you and your supporters

Support your local NHS charity and join Team Bright.

Register here

For more information please contact:



Online auction raises thousands for local NHS charity

Featonby’s auction house in North Shields has raised £3,000 for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity.

Mark Lane, lead auctioneer at Featonby’s approached Northumbria Healthcare to set up the auction as a way of giving something back to the people who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to provide care and support for their communities.

The online auction took place on Saturday 19 June at 12 noon with 100% of the proceeds kindly being donated to Bright. These funds will go towards better facilities for patients and their families and also support for our staff, allowing them to provide the best care.

Brenda Longstaff, head of Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have raised so much money to help improve the wellbeing of our staff and patients. I want to say a huge thank you to Mark and the team at Featonby’s as well as all of those who donated unwanted items. And of course, a huge thank you goes to everyone who took part on the day, as this would not be possible without your support.”

Lots of different items were auctioned off on the day including new electrical items and ‘experience’ vouchers from local businesses.

Mark Lane, Lead Auctioneer said: “It has been a real pleasure working with Northumbria Healthcare and we are so pleased to be able to give something back to the NHS who have shown real resilience and determination over the last year.

“Thank you to everyone involved and here’s to more in the future!”

NHS Big Tea

For the NHS Birthday on 5th July, the nation will come together to raise a cuppa to our NHS heroes.

Join us for the nation’s biggest tea party and show your support for healthcare staff.

The NHS Big Tea event will raise vital funds for NHS charities across the country, including Bright Northumbria which has supported medics, patients and volunteers during the pandemic.

So on or around 5th July (or whichever day suits you best), we’re calling on our local community to come together to celebrate the NHS and raise funds which will make a difference. What a great excuse for a slice of cake and a get together!

How can you help?

Donate £5 and write a message

Hold a tea party or if you’re in the office, take 5 and have a tea break.   

If you would like to raise a cup to our NHS heroes and throw your own tea party (outdoor or virtual and following Covid guidelines), please get in touch. We can provide you with a fundraising pack and would love to share your photos on social media. Alternatively, if you’re in the office why not have a tea break and raise a cuppa with colleagues?


Hospital NVS shops  

If you’re in our hospitals, you can pop into our volunteer NVS shops where you will be able to purchase special cakes and Big Tea merchandise.

Most importantly however, the day will provide a chance to reflect, say thanks to our healthcare staff, join in the celebrations and raise a cuppa to the NHS.

NHS Charity Auction

We are delighted to announce that our Bright charity has joined up with Featonby’s auction house in North Shields and will be holding its very first virtual charity auction next month.

All proceeds of the auction will go to Bright Northumbria.

Everyone is welcome to join and support us.

The auction is open to the general public and we are asking for everyone to get involved, whether it is donating a saleable item or bidding for one of the many fantastic lots that will be available.

When: Saturday 19th June 2021 12 Noon

Where: Join us online to view and bid live.

To donate

We are looking for high quality (non-damaged) items that people will want to purchase. Typical items that sell well at auction are:

  • Memorabilia
  • Jewellery
  • Watches
  • Brand new/unopened electrical equipment
  • Brand new/unopened toys/games
  • High quality branded clothing
  • Collectables
  • Art

If you are a local business we would appreciate any donations, particularly:

  • Health and beauty vouchers
  • Meal/Drinks vouchers
  • Annual Fitness Memberships
  • Spa Vouchers
  • UK short breaks

Join the fun, say thank you and make a difference.

For further information on how to register see

Please note, items must be registered and we are asking that donations are dropped off at the auction house:

50/50A Bedford Street
North Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE29 0AT


Captain Tom 100 Challenge

30 April to 3 May

Friday 30th April 2021 would have been Captain Sir Tom’s 101st birthday and the anniversary of the extraordinary celebrations that followed his famous 100 laps of his garden that raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS.

His simple message of hope – “Tomorrow will be a good day” inspired millions around the world.

Now Captain Sir Tom’s family are inviting everyone to celebrate his life with an event to celebrate his generosity of spirit, the hope and joy he brought to millions, and his sense of fun.

How to get involved and support Bright Northumbria

Dream up your 100 challenge – whether it’s doing 100 laps round your garden, baking 100 biscuits, swimming 100 lengths, dancing for 100 minutes, reading 100 pages of your favourite book – it’s time to get involved!

Take on your challenge any time between Friday 30 April and Monday 3 May.

Set up a fundraising page

Share your challenge on social media, use #CaptainTom100 and encourage others to get involved. Remember to share your fundraising page wide and far.

What will your 100 be?

100 challenge ideas to get you started

Junior West-Ham player has raised funds for NHS staff who continue to fight against coronavirus

Local 11-year-old, Destiny Ditchburn has donated £250 for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright Charity as a way to thank NHS staff.


Due to the current government guidelines, Destiny has been unable to travel to continue her football training or to compete in matches. She took to running to help stay fit, and decided that it would be a great opportunity to raise money for her local hospital, the trust’s Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington.


She ran an impressive 104 miles in 6 weeks to fundraise for our staff who are working so hard against coronavirus.


Last week, Destiny presented a cheque to Debbie Whiteman, matron on the critical care unit at the Northumbria hospital, who was incredibly grateful to receive her generous donation.

Ashington Veterans & Elders Institute make garden flowers to raise funds

Members of the Ashington Veterans & Elders Institute have been making special decorative wooden flowers during lockdown to support the NHS.

The flowers come in a range of different colours and cost between £10 and £12 depending on the colour. All of the profits raised are going to the palliative care unit at Wansbeck General Hospital.

The flowers came about after Keith Green, Secretary at the Institute started experimenting with wooden pallets to create colourful flowers for his garden. After proving popular further members of the committee and garden club got involved and decided to fundraise for their local NHS during lockdown.

To date, they have sold over 300 and raised an amazing £1,500 for the palliative care unit.

Our warmest thanks go to Keith and everyone at the Ashington & Elders Institute for their support.

If you are interested in buying a flower contact Keith Green on 07711 158978.

Exhibition brings together the power of words and photography

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has partnered up with local photographer Andy Craig to host an exhibition that showcases the work of its staff experience programme, whilst incorporating powerful imagery too.

Andy explained:

“During all these weeks of lockdown, we have all shown our appreciation for our NHS and key workers in whatever way we can.  I decided to ‘do my bit’ by delving into my archive of Northumberland landscapes and seascapes to publish a series of photographs dedicated to Northumbria Healthcare Trust workers.

I’m used to wandering the Northumberland coastline every day and have been putting my daily photographs on my blog for more than 12 years, but this all had to stop when lockdown was imposed and, like everyone else, I was suddenly very limited about where I could go.

Although I used my daily exercise to get out and about and take photographs as much as I could, I decided it was a good opportunity to look through my archives and post daily photographs with the theme ‘This is What We’re Fighting For’.  From the end of March 2020 I worked with the Northumbria Healthcare Trust dedicating each post to a team within the Trust.  I thought it would run just for that month but of course, as we all know, lockdown didn’t stop so I carried on posting photographs for the NHS and it in the end my project went on for 3 months.  By the end of June 2020 there were over 100 photographs in the series.

My photographs seem to have been well received.  I’ve had some lovely comments along the way and I’m delighted that my photographs brought some happiness to Northumbria staff.

I’m accompanied on my daily walks by Daisy the lurcher and she’s done her bit by sharing my posts on her Twitter and Instagram accounts too!   Daisy features in a few of the photographs herself.

As lockdown restrictions are lifted I hope to be able to get back to earning a living again through my photography, video work and photography training.  I am very grateful to Northumbria NHS Trust for putting on this exhibition of my work.  I hope you enjoy the photographs and that we can all return to enjoy our beautiful coastline soon.”

Annie Laverty, chief experience officer added: “Covid has made me truly appreciate times spent outdoors, and the real beauty of Northumberland – I feel very lucky to live here. During the first few weeks of the pandemic, I shared many of Andy’s images on Facebook. They proved to be immensely popular and uplifting – showing local coastal scenes and nature at a time when visiting outdoors was restricted.

We were so grateful to Andy for his kindness and generosity in sharing these exceptional images of the place we call home. It was a privilege to be able to share these photos on the staff Facebook page each day – such a thoughtful way of saying thank you to all of our incredible staff, for all they have done, and continue to do.”

You can see the art work in the online gallery here: 

The exhibition has been organised by the trust’s Bright Northumbria charity with funding from NHS Charities Together. 

Over the past 20 years Bright has developed an award-winning healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff. For information see



Local gift shop has raised thousands for NHS workers in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

A Whitley Bay gift shop has raised £10,000 for a local health trust.


Since the beginning of the pandemic last year, ‘For the Love of the North’ gift shop has been selling a range of iconic prints to raise funds for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity.


The prints feature a ‘love will get us through this’ message, inspired by hope, solidarity and the beauty of the North-East, and all include the rainbow motive. 25 per-cent of sales go to the charity, as a way to thank the NHS for its continued response to COVID-19.


Bright, the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare, funds a wide range of health and care initiatives for patients and staff across the trust.


Husband and wife team, Lucy and Paul Hull, owners of ‘For the Love of the North’ said:


“We knew we wanted to support the NHS in some way. Our friend who works for Northumbria Healthcare had suggested their Bright Charity, where donations support both patients and staff, which is exactly what we wanted.


“The donation has filled us with a massive feeling of pride. Pride in the wonderful community we have in the North East and those Northern home bird’s scattered far and wide across the globe who bought the fundraising prints. It was that community really getting behind what we were doing that got us to the £10,000 for the Bright charity.”


Brenda Longstaff, head of Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity, said:


“The NHS has experienced an incredibly challenging year, and we are extremely grateful that For the Love of the North has decided to raise money for us.


“This is yet another example of the tremendous support we’ve had from local communities during the pandemic, which has been so uplifting for our teams, and we would like to thank everyone who bought a beautiful print.


“The money raised from this has gone on to support patients and staff projects across Northumberland and North Tyneside at the Trust.”


The prints are available as an unframed A4 size and cost £10. To buy visit 


Bright Northumbria is the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The charity aims to provide the extras to care that aren’t provided through regular NHS funding. For further information contact Bright Northumbria 0191 203 1354


Thank you for supporting your local NHS

Since the Covid 19 crisis began, we have been quite overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our local communities in stepping forward to support our NHS.

From making online donations with messages of support via our Just Giving page to people finding unique ways to fundraise – from selling art prints to completing virtual exercise challenges from their homes.

We are hugely grateful to everyone who has donated, including many local companies and businesses, whose generosity and kindness enabled us to provide emergency support to our staff and patients at this challenging time.

We have also been fortunate to receive funding from the NHS Charities Together Covid 19 appeal which has raised millions of pounds with the help of Sir Tom Moore walking 100 laps of his garden for his birthday.

Thank you to everyone who has donated and this has enabled us to provide emergency support to our staff and patients at this challenging time.

See examples below of how your support has been helping:

  • iPads and communication devices provided to support patient/family communication
  • Wellbeing / rest spaces for staff
  • Staff mental health initiatives
  • Scrub bags and bereavement bags
  • Legacare (emergency legal advice for patients nearing the end of life)
  • Wellbeing packs for staff
  • D/deaf awareness support
  • Emergency welfare packs (food & essentials)
  • Wellbeing running t-shirts
  • Toiletry bags for patients and staff
  • COVID 19 volunteer expenses
  • Fruit & Veg packs
  • Mini markets for staple groceries
  • Webcams for education centre
  • Gardens
  • BAME staff initiatives
  • Care home project – to support isolation/loneliness
  • Grants provided to local disability groups

As the pandemic continues into 2021 and our hospitals face increasing levels of admissions, our emergency ‘Standing by Northumbria’ Covid 19 fund continues to welcome donations to help our staff provide the best possible care across our communities.

To make an online donation, please visit our JustGiving page

If you would like to fundraise for us please contact or call 0191 203 1354

To donate goods and gifts, in order to comply with social distancing rules, please book a delivery slot by contacting:

Once again, thank you!


A time for reflection and remembering

Today we shared a special remembrance service, funded by our Bright Charity and NHS Charities Together, with our staff which featured readings and music from some of our very talented colleagues.

Our service was to provide an opportunity to reflect, remember and look to the future with hope.

You can watch a shortened version of our service here

Limited-edition NHS rugby kit raises thousands of pounds for Bright

In a unique partnership, Wallsend Rugby Club teamed up with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as a way of saying thank you to the NHS for its response to COVID-19.

The custom-designed jersey, hoodie and t-shirt with the logos of the trust and its Bright charity proved to be very popular and the club donated a cheque for £3,376.64 to Bright.

The idea for the ‘Wallsend NHS Jersey’, which will be the club’s official away kit for the forthcoming season, was developed by sportswear brand STINGZ™.

Bright, the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare, funds a wide range of health and care initiatives for patients and staff across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Brenda Longstaff, head of Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity, said: “The last few months have been unprecedented for the NHS and we are extremely grateful that Wallsend RFC and STINGZ™ decided to raise money for us.

“To have our logos on the kit is a mark of respect for the NHS and a public thank you for the amazing care our staff have continued to deliver for patients in challenging circumstances.

“This partnership is yet another example of the tremendous support we’ve had from local communities during the pandemic, which has been so uplifting for our teams, and we would like to thank everyone who bought the kit.

“The money raised will go towards further improving our patients’ experiences of receiving care and supporting the health and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers. Finally, we hope having NHS on the kit will be a good omen for the team and we wish them all the best for the new season.”

Duke McIntyre, chairman of Wallsend RFC, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to raise more than £3,000 for Northumbria’s Bright charity.

“The response from our local NHS to COVID-19 has been immense and we’re pleased that we have been able to contribute and help support patients and staff who are doing an amazing job during these difficult times.”

STINGZ™ co-founder Ernest Stobbs, from Wallsend, said: “Everyone has been touched in some extent by COVID-19 and we are pleased that our way of showing our appreciation for our local NHS has proved to be popular with the public.

“Knowing that all the profits raised from the sale of the kit will remain in North Tyneside and Northumberland is hugely significant for the club and our community and we would like to thank the local NHS for all that they do.”




Kielder Marathon goes virtual to support our Bright Northumbria

We’re thrilled to announce that a series of virtual Kielder Marathon races will take place including solo runs at distances from one mile to the full marathon, between Friday 2 and Sunday 4 October.

Every runner can earn a special Kielder medal and tote bag and a proportion of each entry fee will be donated to the Kielder Marathon’s official charity partner, Bright Northumbria.

The virtual Kielder Marathon events will include the full and half marathon distances, plus 10K and a special ‘Run Like A Legend Mile’.

Anyone who wants to take part can register online at and, with the help of a special app, record and submit their best time for a solo run at any time from 2-4 October.

All times that are submitted will be validated and results will appear online. Runners can tackle any or multiple distances – entry for each costs £12.50 and the price includes a bespoke medal and tote bag, with the option of adding a technical t-shirt or headband to the registration.

There will be prizes for the top three runners in all four events, plus spot prizes, and £2 from every entry fee will be donated to Bright Northumbria.

The Kielder Marathon weekend is organised by Events of the North, in conjunction with hosts Northumbrian Water, and partners including Northumberland County Council, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Active Northumberland.

Harnessing Northern community spirit to give back to local nurses

Healthcare workers at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have benefitted from a charitable partnership between two North East based organisations.

Caring skincare brand Nursem has teamed-up with Newcastle Building Society to say ‘thank you’ to nurses across its patch by making a huge donation to the Northumbria Healthcare’s charity, Bright.

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Newcastle Building Society purchased Nursem’s hand cream for all of its branch and office-based staff, after vigorous hand washing and repeated use of hand sanitiser took its toll. But it had an added benefit too – as part of Nursem’s ongoing pledge, each product bought buys a month’s supply donated to an NHS nurse or midwife.

But they decided to go one step further, supplying a month’s worth of hand cream for every single nurse and clinician working for the health trust across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

During the early days of the pandemic, Stuart Fearn, head of the branch network at Newcastle Building Society, noticed how constant hand washing and use of hand sanitiser was causing irritation to his wife and child’s hands. After doing some research, he decided to purchase hand cream for his family, and after being so impressed with the results, he arranged a supply for all of his colleagues.

Stuart is under the care of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust due to a diagnosis with Ulcerative Colitis five years ago. He is living an active life with the condition due to the fantastic care he has received from his Nurse, Judy Murphy. Because of this, Stuart was keen to ensure that Judy and her team were supported by the Nursem Promise, and nominated her ward for a donation.

When the sheer size of the NHS donation became clear, Nursem and Newcastle Building Society together agreed that by distributing the donation across the full Trust, it would ensure all the hardworking NHS staff could benefit from support for their hardworking hands.

Stuart Fearn explained: “Receiving my diagnosis was an unnerving time, Judy and the team were so supportive – I can’t thank them enough. I’m such an active person and I wasn’t sure what it meant for me, but I’m now training in preparation for the London Marathon next year, so that gives you an idea of how well they have cared for me. Everyone at Newcastle Building Society is committed to supporting our communities and grateful for the dedication of those working for the NHS, so when I was given the opportunity to support in making a mass donation to the nurses at Northumbria Healthcare, knowing that it would make a genuine difference to how they feel every day, I knew I had to make it happen.”

Lower Gastrointestinal Nurse Specialist for Northumbria Healthcare, Judy Murphy said: “These past few months have been extremely challenging for all of us on the front line. Wearing PPE and increased levels of handwashing has certainly taken its toll on us all – this is such a kind gesture from two of our local businesses. It’s overwhelming to see those who have been cared for in our communities really giving something back.”

Brenda Longstaff, Head of Northumbria’s Bright Charity commented “Our nurses will be delighted with this donation of hand cream. For the past few months their hands have really worn with the extra hygiene precautions that have been required. Having something to cool and sooth their hands during a long shift will be a real treat for them and the charity is very grateful to Newcastle Building Society and Nursem for this wonderful support.”

Founder of Nursem Jonny Philp, said: “We’ve always been committed to giving back to the NHS, but our mission has felt even more rewarding and important than ever given the unprecedented events of this year. We’ve helped thousands of nurses to date but it’s been brilliant to work so closely with Newcastle Building Society to supply another 7,500 nurses across the Northumbria Trust with Nursem products to provide some relief to their hard-working hands.”

Photographers from Berwick and the surrounding area now have their work displayed around where the town’s new multi-million-pound hospital is set to be built, on the site of the existing infirmary.

All 27 winning and shortlisted images from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s photography competition are being showcased on the hoardings surrounding what will become the construction area, if planning permission is granted.

The display comes a month after the trust submitted a planning application to Northumberland County Council for the two-storey integrated hospital, which will accommodate all the existing services and Well Close Medical Group, and assured the community that the £25million earmarked for the development is still available.

Marion Dickson, executive director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who is leading the Berwick redevelopment project, said: “It’s fantastic to see the images adorn the hoardings where Berwick’s new hospital is set to be built – they look stunning and our staff love them.

“From the outset we really wanted to involve local residents in this process and we hope the selected photographers are pleased to see their work in the spotlight, what talent we have in our area.

“Following the submission of our planning application last month, this is another sign of us moving forward with our plans and we will keep the community up-to-date as things progress over the weeks and months ahead.”

The competition was organised by the trust’s Bright Northumbria charity as part of the organisation’s award-winning healing arts programme which uses art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff. It had two categories – iconic images of Berwick and local landscapes and coastlines.

More than 160 images were entered into the competition from a diverse mix of amateur and professional photographers. A panel of NHS staff were guided by master photographer Ikuko Tsuchiya to make the difficult decisions of selection. Ten winning images were selected and 17 short-listed.

Due to the variety of images, the trust wanted to be able to give all shortlisted photographers an opportunity to see their work on display. So, a second exhibition has been added, meaning all 27 images have gone on display on the hoardings.

A video of the images on display can be seen here.  

Selected photographs may also be exhibited in areas of the new hospital when completed.

The hospital’s modern design incorporates sustainability and efficiency in the final choice of materials and will embrace the latest technology in delivering the highest quality of care.

The target completion date for the new hospital is spring 2022.

Joel completes mammoth 12-hour stationary bike challenge to support the NHS

A huge well done and thank you to Joel Dooley who completed a gruelling 12-hour stationary bike ride and raised £1248 for Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity.

Joel Dooley, who is 17 years old and from Ashington said: “I came up with the idea to raise money for the NHS and thought about what would be a challenge for me. I decided that the front-line staff work 12 hour shifts and I needed to do something for 12 hours that could be based at home. The stationary bike became the obvious choice. From idea to the actual day was only 2 weeks and I trained as much as I could. The support of my neighbourhood on the day was phenomenal and even delivery drivers stopped to give me their tips!”

“I trust the money will help people working in the NHS at Cramlington at this difficult time.”

Brenda Longstaff, Head of the Bright Charity, said: “We were incredibly impressed by the way Joel set himself this really tough challenge to support the NHS. We would like to congratulate him on completing it and offer our warmest thanks on behalf of staff at The Northumbria hospital. The funds raised are very much appreciated and will go towards supporting our staff at this challenging time.”



Thank you for supporting your local NHS

Over recent weeks, since the Covid 19 crisis began, we have been quite overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of our local communities in stepping forward to support our NHS.

From making online donations with messages of support via our JustGiving page, to people finding unique ways to fundraise – from selling art prints, knitting, and shaving beards, to completing virtual exercise challenges from their homes.

The funds raised are greatly appreciated and we are using them to support our staff and patients where needed. For example, we are supporting our health and wellbeing programme to ensure that staff, whenever possible can take a break and refresh – providing refreshments, toiletry packs and emergency clothing.

We have also been amazed by the countless offers to help – with local companies donating face masks and goggles, local schools making face visors and teachers and craft groups making scrubs and laundry bags. While we are receiving PPE supplies through the NHS supply chain these donations have been warmly appreciated.

Our staff have also been receiving many gifts from local companies who have been donating anything from pizzas, Easter eggs, to toiletries.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their incredible support. Going forward, our staff have suggested that we share some of the food donations with local foodbanks and we will be following their wishes.

As you can imagine, our staff have been cheered and quite overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and kindness shown over the past few weeks and this has provided a real boost to staff morale.

Once again, thank you!

By donating direct to an NHS charity, you can ensure that your donation reaches the NHS to support patients and staff.

To make an online donation, please visit

If you would like to fundraise for us please contact or call 0191 203 1354

To donate goods and gifts, in order to comply with social distancing rules, please book a delivery slot by contacting:

Please note, we would particularly welcome the following:

Hand creams….
Moisturisers for tired skin
Healthy snacks and drinks
Toiletries for overnight stay
Nightwear for emergency patients

NHS JustGiving page launched to enable people to ‘stand by Northumbria’

Through the trust’s Bright charity, donations via the appeal ‘Standing By Northumbria’ will go towards supporting staff and volunteers’ health and wellbeing and improving patients’ experiences during these challenging times. People are also being given the opportunity to make donations in kind such as small toiletries and food to eat ‘on the go’.

All donations will go directly to where help is needed most and Bright is urging anyone who makes a donation to highlight this on social media with the hashtag #StandingByNorthumbria.

Sir James Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our teams are working incredibly hard, alongside our partners in primary care, local authorities, social care and nursing homes, as well as those caring for people in their own homes, to go above and beyond the call of duty to respond to the increasing demands on our services.

“We are immensely grateful and overwhelmed by the support we have already received from individuals, local communities and businesses and we would urge anyone considering donating to the NHS to do so through an official route, such as our ‘Standing By Northumbria’ appeal.

“Donations through our Bright charity at any time of the year make a massive difference to our staff, volunteers and patients – something which is extremely important now, and in the weeks and months ahead.

“You can be rest assured that every penny we receive will be put to the best use possible and go towards directly benefitting our staff, volunteers and patients, helping us deliver the highest quality of care across Northumberland and North Tyneside.”

To donate money visit or send a cheque payable to ‘Northumbria Healthcare Charity’ to:

Bright Charity Office
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
7-8 Silver Fox Way
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0QJ

To donate small toiletries and food to eat ‘on the go’ contact or call 0191 203 1351.

£10,000 raised to support patients at Wansbeck General Hospital

More than £10,000 has been raised to improve the experiences of patients undergoing treatment for breast cancer at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Claire and Mark Baxter raised the funds together with friends and supporters from a range of fundraising activities held throughout the year, including a charity ball at the Grand Hotel Gosforth Park in November.

Claire said: “This is the fifth year that we have raised money for cancer charities and in 2019 we chose to support the breast cancer fund. I was treated for breast cancer back in 2006 and another close family member was treated in 2005.

“I received excellent care and wanted to give something back which will make a difference and help others in similar circumstances.

“My local gym in Blyth, Project U Fitness helped with fundraising activities throughout the year, Andrew Sims and his team are huge supporters and Mark’s badminton club, Morpeth Riverside with Karen Davison held a 24-hour badminton marathon. Friends have also taken part in challenging events, marathon’s, obstacle courses etc.

“We are delighted with the amount raised and would like to thank everyone who supported us. We are carrying on with the fundraising this year – a close friend of ours was recently diagnosed with follicular lymphoma, so we’ll be concentrating our efforts on supporting that area.”

Mark said: “Cancer affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. Since we started fundraising back in 2015 and set up ‘4Q cancer’ we have hit our target of £10,000 each year raising £50,000 to date. All of the money has gone towards helping people who have been diagnosed with cancer.”

Kath Atkinson, Macmillan breast care nurse at Wansbeck hospital, said: “On behalf of all the breast care team I’d like to say a big thank you to Claire, her family and all her friends for all their hard work fundraising – it’s an amazing achievement.

“The money will be used to benefit breast cancer patients using our service in our local area and improve their experiences of receiving care.”

The donation to the breast cancer fund was made via Bright Northumbria which is the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The charity aims to provide the extras to care that aren’t provided through regular NHS funding. For further information contact Bright Northumbria 0191 203 1354

Remembering the history of the NHS

Monday 27th January, 3-5.30pm

The Exchange, Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1SE

Northumbria Healthcare is inviting members of the public and former NHS staff along to an event in North Shields to share their memories of the NHS.

The trust’s Bright charity is planning a new exhibition at North Tyneside General Hospital looking at how healthcare has changed over the last century from the workhouses and philanthropic institutions to the introduction of the NHS and vast changes over its 71-year history.

Focusing on the North Tyneside area, they are appealing for stories, photographs and artefacts which may be of interest and could be included in the exhibition.

Dan Jackson, prominent historian with an interest in the NHS and author of the bestselling book ‘The Northumbrians: North-East England and its People: A New history’ will also be attending.

This is a free event, however, booking is essential and on a first come first served basis, as space is limited.

To reserve your place please rsvp:
Telephone 0191 203 1644

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