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Mystery cup has hospital hit for six

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Mystery cup has hospital hit for six

A silver cricket cup in memory of an eminent Blyth businessman has been mysteriously found in a hospital store cupboard.

The ‘Knight Memorial Hospital Cricket Challenge Cup’ from the 1920s was discovered at Blyth Community Hospital.

Now Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is appealing for information about the cup and is also inviting the public to an event on Thursday 5 December from 4pm to 6pm at the hospital to find out more about the services provided.

Lynne Greig, modern matron at Blyth Community Hospital, said: “It was a complete surprise when the cup was found and we had no idea that the hospital was involved in a cricket competition.

“We’d really like to know the story behind the cup and its history and would encourage people to come along to our hospital open event next week to tell us more.”

The cup is in memory of Thomas Knight, a self-made Blyth businessman and ship owner who died in 1878.

It was competed for between 1926 and 1939 with winners including Seghill, Ashington, Bedlington, Seaton Burn, Borough of Tynemouth and West Sleekburn.

To celebrate the cup being found, Northumbria Healthcare is working in partnership with Northumberland Cricket Board to make arrangements for a charity cricket competition between local clubs to be held next year and the potential to run a junior contest alongside.

Ian Wardle, director of cricket at Northumberland Cricket Board, said: “Cricket has a long history in the county and it is fascinating that this cup has been unearthed after so long.

“It would be great to find out more about the cup to help us plan for the competition next year.”

The hospital’s Christmas-themed event, featuring carol singing and craft activities for children, will take place in the dining room of Blyth Community Hospital and be an opportunity for people to find out about the many services delivered at the hospital.

The hospital’s three wards provide specialist rehabilitation and support for patients, many of whom are elderly, who have been admitted to hospital for a range of acute medical conditions. A range of outpatient clinics are also held in a number of conditions to prevent people travelling further afield for appointments.

People will also be able to meet Blyth Spartans players and find out more about the arts project taking place at the hospital and volunteering opportunities.

Lynne added: “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to come and find out more about our busy hospital and the many services we provide.”

At the event, people will be able to join Northumbria Healthcare as a member of the trust. Being a member enables people to learn more about healthcare services and developments and help improve care by giving their views.

People who are unable to attend the event, however would like to give information about the cup, can contact 0191 203 1354.