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Church raises funds for hospitals’ charity

The congregation at Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, which is situated opposite Bishop Auckland Hospital, has donated £1,330 to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust's charity.

BAH charity Cheque 2019

Speaking on behalf of the church, Rev John Purdy said, "Each year we host a fundraising day which is open to the public and offers different stalls plus teas, light lunches and raffle.  Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of visitors we raised several hundred pounds on the day.  A similar amount was then raised by a member of our congregation, Cliff Laverick, who dedicated funds he raised by completing the 2018 Great North Run, to the Trust's charity.

"We were aware of the Trust's charity through its campaign raising funds towards the new MRI scanners at Bishop Auckland and Darlington Memorial Hospital. Many of us know someone who is receiving care from the Trust and we wanted to contribute in some way. We were delighted to raise such a large amount which we know will be used to enhance the experience and care patients receive."

Pat Chambers, charity manager at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said, "The church and it's congregation have worked hard on our behalf and we're very grateful to everyone involved in raising this fantastic amount. Our hospitals and services care for people across County Durham and Darlington and if anyone would like to get involved or can help in any way, such as through a donation, by fundraising or volunteering, please get in touch by calling our charity team on 01325 743781 or email me: pat.chambers1@nhs.net ."

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Published 12th April 2019

'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after and very impressed.'

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital