Bright idea for patients’ donations

Sophie Dixon, from the Bright Northumbria team, with paediatric occupational therapist Jenny Slassor and ten-year-old Millie on the new specialist treatment couch donated by Bright.

Sophie Dixon, from the Bright Northumbria team, with paediatric occupational therapist Jenny Slassor and ten-year-old Millie on the new specialist treatment couch donated by Bright.

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CENTRE users are set to benefit from new equipment thanks to the generosity of staff and patients at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Bright Northumbria, the charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, has donated a treatment couch and first aid boxes to the Tim Lamb Children’s Centre in Benton.

The centre supports disabled people aged up to 25, with many being patients at the hospital.

Among those is ten-year-old Millie McManus – who was born prematurely at 24 weeks weighing 1lb 5oz and suffers from deafness and ADHD – who receives treatment from the trust’s paediatric occupational therapy team and at the centre.

Alison Watson, lead occupational therapist in paediatrics at the trust, said: “It is fantastic to see the effort and dedication that has gone into building this fantastic new centre.”

Millie and her mum Lynn McManus have been heavily involved in Pathways4All and the development of the Tim Lamb Children’s Centre.

Lynn said: “All children need a place to play and opportunities to socialise with their friends but for those with disabilities and additional needs, accessing community facilities can prove challenging and often impossible.”

Visit www.pathways4all.co.uk/timlambcentre