Fundraisers return to St Bede’s

Huge thanks to Ross Crooks, who has ran over 50 miles and taken part in a sky dive, all to raise valuable funds for our St Bede’s Unit.

Ross lost his mum, Christine, on the unit last year to cancer and wanted to give something back to say thank you to the hospital and staff.   He challenged himself to a sky dive, as well as numerous runs which included the Great North Run, Bamburgh half marathon and Blyth 10K.

He returned to St Bede’s yesterday with his dad, Robin, to meet with staff again and to let them know that he has raised a staggering £2,048.63 for the unit. This is in addition to £1,150 which was collected at Christine’s funeral, and makes the family’s donation a phenomenal £3,198.63.

As part of their visit, Ross and Robin, were able to see how the unit uses charitable funds donations like these, including a brand new room which has just opened and offers a comfortable space for patients and families to come and reflect.

Ross said: “The team at St Bede’s were first class and offered, not only my mum, but also myself and my dad, the support we needed during such a stressful and emotional time. I really wanted to give something back to say thank you and it has been amazing to come along today and see the difference our fundraising will make for other families just like us.”

Melanie Armstrong, communications and charitable funds manager, added: “We would like to thank Ross for fundraising for us. All of this will make a huge difference to the lives of patients and their families here at the hospital, we are very grateful for his support.”