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CDDFT Charity updates 20 November 2023

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Our charity team were out and about last week, organising and attending events to raise awareness and vital funds to support you, our #TeamCDDFT colleagues, and our patients. We're very thankful to local businesses for supporting us by holding raffles or donating raffle prizes.

New car for Treetops

We had a new addition zoom into Treetops. Thanks to Mr and Mrs Carling pictured above, children can now be transported down to operations in a remote controlled car!

Their son, Jackson, needed an operation, he was obviously very nervous but he was taken down to the operating room in a control Lamborghini car!

Mr Carling said: "Seeing him enjoy this reassured me that all of his worries had gone away. Obviously as a parent you have your own worries about these sorts of things and when I saw Jackson enjoying his trip to the operating theatre, I felt a weight had been lifted off my shoulders."

So, they wanted to donate a car to the children's ward at University Hospital of North Durham so others can have this same experience!

Treetops and Paediatric Assessment area fundraising

Craig Thompson raised money for Treetops and the Paediatric Assessment area throughout October.

Craig said:  "First of all, myself and the staff on The Treetops Ward and Paediatric Assessment area would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who donated to my October fundraising. We have managed to raise nearly £6000.

"I'd also like to thank the CDDFT Charity for all your help and support throughout the last 6 weeks, it just shows what can be achieved when everyone comes together."

Well done Craig for such an amazing achievement.

3 peaks challenge for local women's refuge

A group of Clinical Research Nurses recently took on the 3 peaks challenge and raised funds for a local women's refuge centre, which provides support to women and children fleeing domestic abuse. If you would like to donate to this cause, please see the Justgiving page HERE.

Great Christmas Raffle

We are delighted to be part of the Great Christmas Raffle again this year, offering you the chance to win a brand new Toyota Aygo X Edge! Thanks to Charity Escapes and Vertu Motors plc.

To be in with a chance of driving this away at Christmas follow the link HERE and buy a ticket. The winner will be announced in December.

2024 events

We have finalised our events for 2024, which includes climbing Scafell pike at sunrise! If you fancy challenging yourself, check them out HERE and get signed up today.

Christmas raffle

Our Christmas Raffle tickets are out now! There will be volunteers outside Hollies restaurant in Darlington Memorial Hospital, every Tuesday and Thursdays 11am - 2pm, selling tickets.

Stay connected and contact us

If you aren't following us on social media, please 'like' our pages @CDDFT Charity on Facebook, twitter and LinkedIn. If you'd like to support our charity, take on a charity challenge or make a donation, please email: or call: 01325 743781.

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

Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital