Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jet among Supporters Who Flew in to Help

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jet among Supporters Who Flew in to Help

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Byline: Toni Guillot Reporter

THESE pictures show some of the staff, patients and children connected to the University Hospital of North Tees over the years. They also show some of the fundraisers who helped provide pieces of equipment at the hospital, including punk-rockers Over the Border Outfit who raised PS100 for the cancer research fund in 1988.

They played for free at the Norma Jean pub, in Newport Road in Middlesbrough.

Ward 15 of the main children's inpatient ward launched an appeal to build a play and therapy area in 1995.

The Loco Lion campaign, headed by Diane Youdale, known as Jet in the Gladiators, raised PS120,000 in two years, and saw "The Engine Shed" room built as a result.

The area accommodated up to 30 children and included a soft play area, computer room, TV room and a quiet area.

At the time of it being built it was said around 25,000 young people a year spent at least a day on the wards at North Tees.

The children's ward was filled with fun and laughter on a regular basis, with regular tea parties and extra treats at Christmas time. A mountain cottage-shaped cake went down a treat on ward 16 in 1987. It was donated by restaurant boss Vincent Serino who created the dessert with the help of his head chef at Santoro's in Yarm.

Another milestone for the hospital was the arrival of a new scanning device in 1993. Diane Jackman, from Stockton, was the first patient to use the unit.


| Gladiator Jet, Diane Youdale, and eight-year-old Fiona |McLain launch the Loco Lion appeal at North Tees Hospital. September 8, 1995

| Kind-hearted punk-rockers, the Over the Border Outfit, raised PS100 for the Cancer Research fund at Stockton's North |Tees General Hospital. Paul Magson, 19, handed over the cheque to Sister Jean Keenan at the Norma Jean pub, in Newport Road, Middlesbrough. …

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