Salon boss raises £1,000 to thank South Shields stroke unit who helped her mother

McLoughlin's Hair and Accessories owner Janice McLoughlin hands over �1,000 to Stroke Unit staff nurse Amie Ridley in memory of mother  Audrey Hill. Granddaughter Laurie Scott with nurse Sarah Ward and salon staff
McLoughlin's Hair and Accessories owner Janice McLoughlin hands over �1,000 to Stroke Unit staff nurse Amie Ridley in memory of mother Audrey Hill. Granddaughter Laurie Scott with nurse Sarah Ward and salon staff

A hair salon boss has raised more than £1,000 for South Tyneside District Hospital’s stroke unit in memory of her mum.

Grateful Janice McLoughlin started fundraising as a way of saying thanks for the treatment her mum Audrey Hill received after she suffered a severe stroke earlier this year.

McLoughlin's Hair and Accessories owner Janice McLoughlin hands over �1,000 to Stroke Unit staff nurse Amie Ridley in memory of mother  Audrey Hill.

McLoughlin's Hair and Accessories owner Janice McLoughlin hands over �1,000 to Stroke Unit staff nurse Amie Ridley in memory of mother Audrey Hill.

But 89-year-old Audrey died at Primrose Hill Hospital – now temporarily based on ward 20 at the district hospital – on July 5.

And the £1.007 she handed over to hospital staff was presented in her memory.

The cash was raised after Janice rallied the community around the premises she runs, McLoughlin’s Hair and Accessories in Dean Road, South Shields.

She raffled a hamper containing £100 worth of hair products, including a hairdryer and straighteners, and also sold bags of pick and mix sweets.

Janice said: “You couldn’t fault the community, they really supported what we were doing.

“I asked the stroke unit nurse what they planned to do with the money and there was some discussion of buying something to help stroke victims with their speech.

“I’ll let them decide what to do with it but I wanted them to know the money was raised in memory of my mum.

“We started as a way of thanking the staff for all the care they showed her but after her passing it was a way of keeping her memory alive. This is not the end, we’ll not stop trying to help the unit out when we can.”

The multi-disciplinary stroke unit team includes nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and social workers, as well as a psychologist.