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Building Society supports local hospital

ByAmy Nichols

Oct 10, 2018

The North East’s largest building society has raised over £1,800 for the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Special Care Baby Unit through the sale of knitted items, such as blankets booties and hats.

Newcastle Building Society helped to fundraise the amount through the sale of the knitted items, many of which were donated from the customers of Ashington Branch and bought by members of the Society and also the general public.

The funds will be used to purchase noise meters in the shape of large ears, which change colour when noise levels rise on the Unit which let both staff and family visiting the unit to be mindful of excess noise whilst on the Ward.

The Specialist Care Baby Unit is part of the larger Northumbria Healthcare of the NHS Foundation Trust, helping to provide a large range of facilities to more than 500,000 people across Northumberland and Tyneside.

George Brooks, supervisor of midwives of the special care baby unit at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington, said: “The funds raised by the colleagues of the Newcastle Building Society Ashington branch will really help us in this Specialist Unit, helping us provide specialist equipment designed to enhance the care of premature babies.”

Ivy Campbell, Newcastle Building Society’s Ashington branch manager, said: “We’re pleased that these funds are being used for a good cause, it’s a cause that’s really close to our hearts and something we’re all truly passionate about.

“Although the fundraising has been going on for a while, the locals were just as passionate as us and we can’t thank them enough for donating some of the knitted items, including those who bought them to help contribute to the amount donated to the hospital.”