Boro Star’s surprise visit to Teesside ‘Haven’

January 22nd, 2015

Ward 14 patient and Boro fan Ray Eddon with Jonathan Woodgate and Foundation patrons Nigel Willis and Russ Devereux.

Patients at a Teesside cancer care centre they call their “haven” received a surprise boost when Boro star Jonathan Woodgate called in for a visit.

The Riverside defender toured James Cook University Hospital with patrons to see first-hand Trinity Holistic Care Centre’s in-patient support for cancer sufferers and their families.

The visit was part of the Centre’s prize after topping a public poll run by charitable movement Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation.

The centre, which provides emotional and practical support to patients with a cancer diagnosis, also received £2,500 as part of the Foundation’s latest £10,000 Goalden Giveaway.

As a result of the cash boost, it has launched a counselling service and expanded its inpatient bedside service.

After chatting to patients in various wards, Middlesbrough-born Woodgate said: “I didn’t know anything about the Trinity Holistic Care Centre’s work before today but it’s clear they do a fantastic job.

“The staff work so hard to try to make life a little easier for people who are obviously going through a hard time in their lives. It was nice to help put smiles on a few faces by chatting about Boro around the wards.”

The Centre’s business manager Heather McLean said: “We are humbled to say that many of the patients describe Trinity Holistic Centre as their haven.

“It’s important to keep up the spirits of patients and their families following a cancer diagnosis so we’re grateful to the Philanthropic Foundation for help us to expand a service that so many people value.”

Woodgate was joined on the visit by Foundation patrons Russ Devereux of Billingham’s Devereux Transport and Nigel Willis of Kirkleatham-based First Choice Labels.

Other Teesside community groups to receive a share of the £10,000 Goalden Giveaway were: Tapshoes and Tutus School of Dance, Billingham (£1,500); Pennyman Primary Academy, Middlesbrough (£1,000); Loftus Dolphins Swimming Club (£1,000); Community Campus, Billingham (£1,000); 1st Saltburn Scout Group (£750); My Sisters Place (£750); Breckon Hill Community Enterprise (£500); Swerve Table Tennis Club, Middlesbrough (£500); Middlesbrough Live at Home Scheme (£500).

It was the third time in just 12 months the Foundation had held a £10,000 Goalden Giveaway, with more promised in 2015.

Middlesbrough FC and Steve Gibson’s Bulkhaul are also among the 40 patrons of the Foundation, which has raised more than £800,000 over the past three-and-a-half years.

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