9 January 2017
Attended the North Tees Hospital Endoscopy Unit and was shown around the unit at the specialist equipment being used to spot and examine the throat and bowel. It is a fascinating unit and can I take this opportunity to thank the staff for their dedication in making this one of the Top units of its kind in the area.
Bowel Cancer UK is trying to set up a Charitable Foundation and is asking for volunteers so if you can spare time to take up this worthwhile and lifesaving task please do so, or if you know anyone who you think would be of help please tell them to contact [email protected].
13 January 2017
Attended Butterwick Hospice, North Tees, where I was privileged to meet Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal along with the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Durham . This was to celebrate the success of Butterwick Hospice Motor Neurone Disease (MDN) First Contact Group, this group has been a resounding success giving comfort and help to those with MDN and their families. The Princess went around various tables talking to those who used the service and their families. It was as she left one of the tables a gentleman asked “How’s your Mam?“ Without flinching the Princess politely said “She is very well, thank you”. Everyone smiled, the Princess then got up and gave a speech, which I can say was done without any prompts, she really knew her background and was well versed in MND. The Princess then toured the building and said her goodbyes, what a fantastic ambassador for the Royal Family and MND.
14 January 2017
Late evening attended the Town Hall, Stockton where I met up with the Town Pastors to do a night patrol with them. It was cold and damp not the type of weather I would choose to be out, but like others getting on in years I feel the cold now. The Pastors usually tour around the Town Hall and surrounding street from 10pm until about 3am administering First Aid, re uniting friends, making sure people are safe and seeing to the distressed. They have a converted van that is used as a tea spot or comfort the distressed. I did a patrol, which reminded me of when I patrolled in my police days at Stockton. There were a few people about as we did the streets a lot of people recognised the work the Pastors are doing and commented well on it.
A lot of young people were walking about with flimsy attire - Bbrrrr , must be hardy souls. The night went by without incident, I would like to thank the Pastors for the great work they do and for taking the time out to show me around.