A grandmother came up with a golden way to thank hospital staff for saving her life.
Margaret Charlton was cared for in the intensive care unit at North Tyneside General Hospital after contracting pneumonia and septicaemia, spending eight weeks at the Rake Lane site before making a full recovery.
And when Margaret and her husband John celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in March, the pair asked family and friends for donations to the hospital unit instead of gifts as a thank you.
Margaret, of South Wellfield, Whitley Bay, said: “I can’t thank them enough for saving my life, and I cannot fault the staff who were amazing.
“It is down to the team in ITU that we were able to celebrate our golden wedding, so it was only right that the hospital should benefit as our way of saying thank you.”
The couple, who have two children and two grandchildren, presented a cheque for £320 to Sue Ewart, matron for the unit.
Sue said: “We are touched that Margaret and John asked for donations to our unit.
“It means so much to the staff to get this feedback from patients and the money will be used to further improve the care we provide.”