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Northumbria hospital Christmas stay for Quayside Snowdog

Friday, 16 December, 2016
Northumbria hospital Christmas stay for Quayside Snowdog

One of the Great North Snowdogs is spending Christmas in hospital – he’s not unwell, just spreading festive cheer to patients at The Northumbria in Cramlington.

Tyne Tail Jack, who was on Newcastle Quayside during the Great North Snowdog trail, is at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital until the New Year as part of a mini tour of the region.

North Group, one of the world’s top mutual maritime liability insurers, which commissioned the Snowdog and bought him at the auction, wanted more people to be able to enjoy Tyne Tail Jack and for him to cheer up those who are either spending time, or visiting loved ones, in hospital over the festive season.

Tyne Tail Jack was one of 64 big dogs on the trail which ran from September to November and was organised by St Oswald’s Hospice. An auction of them raised almost £300,000 for the charity.

Designed and painted by artist Corinne Lewis-Ward, he stood outside North Group’s headquarters and featured scenes from the Quayside and word clouds summarising the traditional values and magic of the North East – including shipbuilding.

It’s the second time The Northumbria hospital has hosted a Snowdog, having had ‘Gooch’, the only mobile one on the Great North Snowdog trail, for a few days in October.

Catherine Doyle, deputy director at North Group, said: “We were extremely proud to support the Great North Snowdogs campaign as it not only raised the profile of the North East region and the inspirational work at St Oswald’s Hospice, but captured the imagination of people across the region.

“It was a great honour for Tyne Tail Jack to depict and celebrate our heritage and we received excellent feedback from the public, and as a result, we’re very keen for people to still be able to enjoy him.

“Following his first visit to King’s Priory School in Tynemouth, we wanted him to spend time in a hospital and are delighted to work with Northumbria Healthcare and bring him to The Northumbria hospital.

“Being in hospital at this time of year is very difficult and we hope that 

Tyne Tail Jack lifts the spirits of people coming into hospital and be a welcome reminder of the Great North Snowdog trail.”

After meeting young patients on the children’s unit, Tyne Tail Jack is on display in the main entrance of the hospital – feel free to take his photo however do not sit or climb on him.  

Helen Moran, sister on the children’s unit, said: “We’re extremely grateful to North Group for loaning us Tyne Tail Jack for Christmas.

“To have one of the Snowdogs which brought so much joy to the region in our hospital over the festive period is excellent and uplifting for our patients, their relatives and our staff.”

After The Northumbria hospital, Tyne Tail Jack will visit St John Boste RC Primary School in Washington in January.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a great supporter of using art as a therapeutic medium to improve the hospital environment for patients of all ages, visitors and staff and has a long-standing and successful healing arts programme.