Hospital’s volunteer army recognised for their kindness

The League of Friends visit South Shields Town Hall and  entertained by NECA's choir. 'Mayor Fay Cunningham and mayoress Stella Matthewson (L)
The League of Friends visit South Shields Town Hall and entertained by NECA's choir. 'Mayor Fay Cunningham and mayoress Stella Matthewson (L)

A TEAM of volunteers who devote their time to helping hospital patients have had their kindness recognised.

Members of the League of Friends at South Tyneside District Hospital were treated to an afternoon at South Shields Town Hall courtesy of the Mayor and Mayoress.

The group is one of the NHS’s oldest voluntary groups and is in its 66th year.

Over the years, it has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the hospital from its on-site shop.

The cash has been used to buy equipment to help make patients stay more comfortable.

Their selflessness was recognised with an invite to South Shields Town Hall, where they were treated to a tour of the building as well as coffee and cake. The members were also given a performance by singers from the Horizons choir, part of NECA (North East Council on Addictions).

Maureen Young, chairman of the League of Friends, said: “It was a wonderful visit and the members all had a lovely time. It was really nice to be recognised for the work we do.

“Some of the people have visited the town hall previously as each Mayor always sends an invite and they always make us so feel very welcome.”

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, who was at the event with the Mayoress Stella Matthewson, said: “The friends do a wonderful job raising vital funds for our local hospital so it was nice to be able to thank them for their efforts. The Horizons choir performed beautifully which really added to the visit.”

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