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Nicola puts best foot forward to thank Northumbria hospital staff

Thursday, 08 November, 2018
Nicola puts best foot forward to thank Northumbria hospital staff

A woman has described handing over more than £1,000 she raised by walking Hadrian’s Wall to staff at The Northumbria hospital who saved her husband’s life as ‘magical’.

Nicola and Lawrence Dobson went to the hospital to meet the teams which cared for him after he collapsed two years ago from a large blood clot on his lungs that caused damage to his heart.

Lawrence was treated at The Northumbria hospital for two days before being able to go home. He has made a good recovery and six months after it happened he returned to work, in a different role.

Nicola walked the 84-mile route over four days this summer raising £1,182 for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity, which provides the extras that improve patients’ experiences in hospital.

Nicola, from Wallsend, said: “Handing the money over to the hospital team was a magical time. The staff we met were so friendly and were very interested in what I had done and also the reasons for me doing it.

“We can’t thank the staff enough and I must admit that going back to the hospital for a happy reason was nice closure to what happened to Lawrence.

“Actually doing my walk was a great experience. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind from the start which meant that it was much tougher than I thought it would have been.

“The staff who saved Lawrence’s life and everyone who’d sponsored me kept me going and all in all it was a fantastic experience that I will remember for ever.”

To find out more about Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright charity visit or contact 0191 203 1354.


Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680