Gran says a £1,000 ‘thank you’ to charity

Lynne Guy has raised money for the Crawford House accommodation  unit after it helped her family.
Lynne Guy has raised money for the Crawford House accommodation unit after it helped her family.

A South Tyneside grandmother has raised £1,000 to say thank you to a ‘home from home’ for parents caring for sick children.

Lynne Guy was touched by the care her daughter Hayley and partner Craig Rowe received when their 18-month-old son Kai was taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI).

I haven’t done anything like this before and hoped to raise £300. But I had so much support from family, friends and the Friday night crowd at the Hebburn Legion – it has been really overwhelming.

Lynne Guy, fundraiser

The youngster has since made a full recovery. However, Mrs Guy was so overwhelmed by the support her family received – including staying at the Crawford House accommodation unit – that she decided to do something to show her appreciation.

Using her skills, she created a hamper containing a range of chocolate-themed goodies and raffled it off to raise £500.

The amount was then match-funded by the owners from Birtwhistle Convenience Store, in Birtwhistle Avenue, Hebburn.

Mrs Guy, of Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, said: “Crawford House was so good to Hayley and Craig while Kai was in hospital. I just wanted to do something for them as a way of saying ‘thank you’.

“I haven’t done anything like this before and hoped to raise £300.

“But I had so much support from family, friends and the Friday night crowd at the Hebburn Legion – it has been really overwhelming.

“I raised £500, and when I went into see the owners of the store, they handed me a cheque for £500 – it was just so nice of them, I actually cried in the shop.

“It has really left me so overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity and I really can’t thank them enough – it means so much.”

Mrs Guy says she would also like to thank those who donated prizes to the raffle.

Crawford House is part of the Sick Children’s Trust charity based at the RVI.

The premises provides a home away from home for families with sick children being cared for at the hospital.

It was opened in 1996 with accommodation for 16 families.

In 2009, it was extended to cater for a further seven families. It provides a fully equipped kitchen; large communal dining room; a play room; a living room and laundry facilities.

It also has direct telephone lines to hospital wards in all bedrooms.

Anyone who wants more information on the charity and on Crawford House, or to make a donation, can visit its website HERE or call 0191 282 5818.