The Mayor of Durham, Councillor Pauline Charlton, visited the
Treetops children's ward at the University Hospital of North Durham
on 31 July, after announcing it as her official charity for the
The ward, which cares for children from birth to 16 years old,
deals with a wide range of injuries and ailments, from incidents of
tonsillitis and asthma, to meningitis and fractures.
During her visit, Coun Charlton was introduced to some of
the ward's patients and experienced its facilities, including a new
pain relief machine which helps children recovering from major
She also spoke to the Treetops' play specialists, a team
dedicated to working with children unsure or anxious about being in
hospital, to help them understand their condition or the procedure
they are having in hospital, in an uncomplicated way.
Ward manager, Colin Smith, said, "Our staff and nurses
very much enjoyed welcoming the Mayor to the ward and introducing
her to the fantastic, varied work that is done here. As part of one
of the largest care providers in the country, we treat over 5,500
children a year, aged from the very youngest babies through to
teenagers, playing a vital role in helping families from across the
The Mayor of Durham, Councillor Charlton, said, "I am
pleased to support the valuable work of the Treetops children's
ward. I chose the ward as my charity for the year in recognition of
the excellent work that is done there, and I'm pleased to be able
to support the ward in continuing to provide this service which is
vital to the community."
Tony Waites, chairman of the County Durham and Darlington
NHS Foundation Trust, said, "We are delighted that the Mayor has
chosen to honour the Treetops ward by selecting it as her charity
for 2013 / 14. It is a valuable resource for children and families
in the North East, and any donations from the Mayor's fundraising
efforts will be very gratefully received."
'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their
Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital