Caring staff take on a gruelling climb for Hope

Workers who raised funds for the Sick Children's Trust. Pictured are staff nurse Denise Whittaker, Cath's husband Ed, team support worker Cath Ruocco, housekeeper Mell Evans and staff nurse Francisco San Diego
Workers who raised funds for the Sick Children's Trust. Pictured are staff nurse Denise Whittaker, Cath's husband Ed, team support worker Cath Ruocco, housekeeper Mell Evans and staff nurse Francisco San Diego
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Kind-hearted health trust workers have helped a colleague whose granddaughter battled a serious health problem.

Staff in critical care at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have taken part in a walk.

Mell Evans' granddaughter Hope

Mell Evans' granddaughter Hope

The group completed a 20 mile route, rising 2,200ft, to Loadpot Hill overlooking Lake Ullswater.

They raised more than £500 for the Sick Children’s Trust in Newcastle which provides support for families with children who have ongoing or life limiting 
illnesses.

Team support worker Cath Ruocco, pictured centre, said: “We do a charity walk every year now and we pick a charity that is personal to the staff on the unit.

“Everyone who took part did a fantastic job, the walk was gruelling and very steep in places.”

She said the granddaughter of Mell Evans – a housekeeper on critical care within the Trust - was born with congenital heart disease at the end of last year.

“She has had to have lots of heart surgery due to various problems and is still having ongoing treatment,” said Cath.

“The Sick Children’s Trust enabled the family to be able to stay close to Hope’s bedside at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle while she was having surgery and treatment.

“They were an immense support to the family while they were staying there, so we wanted to help Mell to give something back to such a fantastic charity.”