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Friends present £4k donation to hospital

Paul Yellop (second left) and Bryan Denley (second right) and friends donate the money to members of the diabetes team at North Tyneside hospital including Dr Stuart Bennett (back left).

Paul Yellop (second left) and Bryan Denley (second right) and friends donate the money to members of the diabetes team at North Tyneside hospital including Dr Stuart Bennett (back left).

A group of friends from North Shields raised nearly £4,000 to help young adults receiving care for diabetes.

Paul Yellop, Bryan Denley and six friends took part in a three-day 100-mile triathlon and held a fundraising evening at Chirton Social Club in North Shields in aid of the diabetes unit at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The challenge was in memory of Paul’s son Lee, who died in 2010, aged 25, who received treatment at the hospital’s young adult diabetes service.

The money will purchase entertainment devices.

Dr Stuart Bennett, diabetes consultant, said: “We are extremely grateful to Paul and his friends for this fantastic donation. It is a distressing time when a young adult is diagnosed with diabetes and Lee battled his illness with such bravery.

“The money will be a lasting legacy to him.”

Paul said: “It was a tough challenge, however, a lot of fun, and we would like to thank everyone who supported us along the way.

“The staff at the unit cared for Lee so well and we all wanted to give something back to the hospital.

“It was fitting that we did this on what was the fourth anniversary of his death.”

The challenge, at the end of May, saw the friends cycle from Coldstream to Amble, walk to Blyth, then run to Chirton Social Club.

Paul and Bryan would like to thank the six friends who did the triathlon with him, his daughter Louise, staff and committee members at Chirton Social Club, all the social clubs in the No 7 Division, Dawson and Sanderson, the Cottage Kitchen, John Luke Van Hire, The Village Hotel, Naomi’s Flower Shop and Terry Joyce and Shirley Mac, for providing the entertainment on the evening.

 

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