Fundraising for SHINE fund

A Newcastle hospital has been presented with a cheque for over £1,000 after one of their patients held a fundraiser.

Debbie Snell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) when she was 50 and has been undergoing treatment at Walkergate Park Hospital, which is part of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW), a specialist neurological rehabilitation service.

Whilst on holiday in October 2016, Debbie and her husband Colin decided that they wanted to give something back to Walkergate Park and decided to organise a fundraising event.

On Saturday 17 February following months of hard work, 200 friends, family and colleagues gathered in the Clover and Wolf pub at South Shields.  Everyone who attended had a fantastic time, they enjoyed music from a local band ‘The Good Souls’ and Debbie’s three granddaughters and niece sold raffle tickets for bottles of spirits, food vouchers and gifts donated from local firms.

I have been receiving fantastic treatment at Walkergate Park; it is the only place that offers a truly holistic service for MS.  The expert, caring staff have looked at every aspect relating to my MS

Debbie Snell

On Tuesday 27 March, Bernie Dutton, Clinical Nurse Manager at Walkergate Park and Debbie Potter, Social Therapeutic and Rehabilitation Team, were presented with a cheque for £1,075 by Debbie and Colin.

Patient Finance and Cashiers Manager, Ailsa Miller, said: “We would like to thank Debbie and Colin for this lovely donation which will be paid in to our own charity, the SHINE fund. Our charity helps support service users on their journey to recovery, by providing the extra things that can make a real difference.  This can include supporting educational and leisure interests, providing special equipment and providing a wide range of activities.  SHINE makes an enormous difference to the lives of those who need us.”