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Snowdog first for Northumbria hospital as Gooch drops by

Friday, 28 October, 2016
Snowdog first for Northumbria hospital as Gooch drops by

Children being cared for at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington had a very special visitor today – Nexus’ very own little Snowdog.

The Northumbria is the first hospital in the North East to host ‘Gooch’, the only mobile snowdog on the Great North Snowdog trail – the region’s biggest ever public art event which runs until 20 November.

Children and staff on the children’s unit welcomed Gooch with open arms and thanked Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, for making it happen.

Carole Clayton, ward manager on the children’s unit, said: “We are delighted to become the first hospital in the region to have our very own Snowdog for a few days. 

“The trail has really captured the imagination of the public with everyone talking about it and sharing their ‘selfies’ so to have one in our unit is fantastic.

“It’s a difficult time for everyone involved when a child is in hospital and to have Gooch with us will help to put a smile on our young patients’ faces, brighten up their stays and help to take their minds off things.

“We’re very grateful to Nexus for bringing Gooch to us and we’re pleased to be part of the trail.”

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.

Great North Snowdogs has been organised by St Oswald’s Hospice. The sculptures will eventually be auctioned to raise cash for the charity.

There are 61 Snowdogs on the Great North Snowdog trail and there are a further 100 smaller Snowdogs which have been designed by local schools and community groups.

The Nexus little Snowdog is the only one that is travelling around the region.

Huw Lewis, head of communications at Nexus, principal sponsors of the Great North Snowdog trail, said: “Our little Snowdog is proving a big hit and we were delighted to take him to The Northumbria hospital at Cramlingon to visit young patients and their families.

“Gooch is the only mobile Snowdog on the trail and will be popping up across the region over the next few months, so look out for him.

“We’d like the public to see him, so don’t hesitate to contact us and we can bring him along to local events. He’ll be happy to pose for a few selfies!”

Gooch is visiting The Northumbria hospital until Monday 31 October.

The public can arrange for him to attend local community events by getting in contact with Nexus at

To find out more about Great North Snowdog go to or follow @great_snowdogs on Twitter or search greatnorthsnowdogs on Facebook.