Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anniversary to Bring Back Memories and Friends

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Anniversary to Bring Back Memories and Friends

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Byline: By Jane Picken

Life in A&E can be stressful, exhilarating and emotional, but there's nothing like having your colleagues around to help you along.

This is why, while many hospital workers are set to celebrate 100 years of Newcastle's oldest hospital, the emergency staff want to put on their own party for the dedicated medics and administrators who have toiled in the bustling corridors of A&E over the past 30 years.

Staff who once worked in A&E, along with some who are still at the forefront of emergency care, are coming together for a massive reunion next month. It's a chance to mark the centenary year and to enjoy a drink and dance with former comrades.

"Over the years there has been a lot of camaraderie among A&E workers and we are all like one big family," explained Jackie Laxade, who has worked in admissions for 30 years and is now based at the RVI.

"There are a lot of staff from years back who've been really keen to come back and I don't think you get that in so many places.

"We all got along so well. It's a highly pressurised job so you needed to be able to relax and we often did that together with nights out on the town or even going bowling."

On April 27, Newcastle A&E workers past and present will be coming from all corners of the UK for a knees-up at the city's Labour Club on Leazes Park Road, from 7.30pm until 11pm.

All money raised from tickets sales and raffles will go towards A&E staff nurse and Ugandan refugee Prakesh Raja's bid to build a clean water well in a village near his home town.

"Because it's been 100 years since the hospital opened everyone has been reminiscing about their time here," said senior sister in A&E, Deborah Macdonald.

"We just decided it would be a great idea not just to celebrate the centenary but also help Prakash raise the money. …

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