KIND-hearted pub regulars have enabled a hospital unit to buy specialist equipment for sick babies.
Staff and customers at the Cyprus Hotel, in Chichester Road, South Shields, embarked on a mammoth fundraising adventure in aid of the special care baby unit at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Together they raised £1,900 after taking part in a sponsored bungee jump, a family fun day, an evening of entertainment, events as part of the Queen’s Jubilee and a weekly bonus ball scheme.
The money has now been used to buy an additional phototherapy unit, which will be used to treat jaundiced babies.
Pub manager Dorothy Warburton said: “The regulars just decided they wanted to do something for a good local cause and someone suggested the special care baby unit.
“I don’t know if they ever really thought they would raise so much, but they are a great bunch, and the response was amazing.
“The bungee jump raised hundreds of pounds, with about 17 of them taking part.”
Sister Lilian Malcolm, who is in charge of the unit, said: “They have done brilliantly in raising so much money.
“We would like to say thank you to each and everyone who either took part or supported the pub’s events.
“We already have some of the phototherapy units but the new one will be a welcome addition.
“Jaundice is a common condition in new-born babies, with pre-term and very small babies more likely to be affected.
“Phototherapy is a special type of light which helps the body break down the substance that causes jaundice which, if left untreated, can cause long-term problems.”