Thousands of pounds has been raised for a hospital unit at a family fun day.
Staff from estate agency Pattinson – which has branches in Forest Hall, North Shields, Whitley Bay and Wallsend – raised £3,500 for Tiny Lives charity, which helps sick and premature babies in the Neonatal Unit at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Entertainment included a bouncy castle, a mini racing track and a magician.
Pattinson’s managing director, Caroline Pattinson, said: “We are always keen to give thanks to local charities that help our staff in either their working or personal lives, and we’re delighted to support the remarkable work tirelessly carried out by Tiny Lives.
“During our annual Pattinson Family Fun Day the team managed to raise an incredible £1,685, which the company has been delighted to match, taking the grand total up to £3,500.”
Guests of honour was Pattinson employee Lucy Webster, her partner Graham and their son Will, who has benefitted directly from the charity after he was born 16 weeks prematurely.
Lucy said: “We were thrilled to find out that Tiny Lives was Pattinson’s chosen charity for 2014, and being invited as honorary guests at the family fun day made it all the more special.
“When Will was born the Neonatal Unit staff couldn’t do enough for us and offered a lot of emotional and physical support. We wanted to somehow express our gratitude to the team and it wonderful that as a company Pattinson is helping our family to do this.
“Will is now six-months-old and doing really well, something that may never have been possible without Tiny Lives.”