Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Focussing on the Future but Not Forgetting Past

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Focussing on the Future but Not Forgetting Past

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Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor

HE closing of a chapter on 120 years of mental health care is TTTyears of mental health care is to be marked by an exhibition.

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) is appealing for public help to mark the milestone by helping to fill out the history of Cherry Knowle Hospital in Ryhope in Sunderland.

The trust, which manages the former Cherry Knowle site, is asking former and current staff and local residents to share their memories and photographs of the hospital.

It will form part of an exhibition from February 23 at the new PS50m Hopewood Park Hospital at Ryhope, which has replaced Cherry Knowle.

The exhibition will be based at Hopewood Park's Barton Centre, which has been named after pilot Cyril Barton, who was 22 when he lost his life when his Halifax bomber crashed in Ryhope on March 30, 1944.

He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for "unsurpassed courage" in steering his badly damaged aircraft away from streets of houses.

NTW's lease on the Cherry Knowle site will expire on February 28 when it will be handed to the Government's Homes and Communities Agency for housing development.

Last November the Countess of Wessex officially opened a the 122-bed Hopewood Park, which also replaces South Tyneside General Hospital's mental health wards.

Trust chairman Hugh Morgan Williams said: "Last year we moved into our new Hopewood Park site and it is down to the hard work and dedication of our staff who made this transfer of services from Cherry Knowle run so smoothly.

"As we close this chapter on the trust's history, this exhibition will give us the chance to illustrate the improvements which have been made to look after those who are mentally ill.

"To help us remember the past and focus on the future I would like to invite all our current and former staff and local residents to take part in this exhibition. …

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