A GRANDFATHER and his family have returned to thank the ward which has put him on the road to recovery after a spot-check diagnosed him with cancer.
Harry Pattinson, 67, sent off the bowel cancer testing kit after it was automatically sent to his Red House home because he falls into the 60 to 74 age group.
The tattoo artist had surgery to remove a tumour late last year and is yet to return to work as he recuperates from his treatment.
His family visited the C30 ward with him as they presented its staff with a cheque for £520, which was raised through a raffle at Red House Workingmen’s Club.
Harry, who owns the Tattoo U Studio in King Street, South Shields, spent two weeks on the ward after his operation.
Before his diagnosis, he had suffered no symptoms of the disease, and he has urged people sent the test kits to complete them.
His loved ones are also doing their best to raise awareness of the campaign, and they backed his calls for others to get themselves checked out.
It is run across Wearside by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead, with its leaders advising anyone who notices changes in bowel habits for four to six week to contact their GP.
The 66-year-old’s wife Pauline, 64, said: “We wanted to do this because of the way he was treated there, they were really good in the hospital, brilliant.
“Harry has said he couldn’t have had any better care. They were great with us too.”
The cash will be used by the ward to buy new equipment.
The couple, their children Lisa, 40, and Lee, 44, and Lisa’s children Daimon, 24, Bethany, 22, Parishe, 19, and Harry, 17, plan to hold more fund-raising events.
A spokesman for Sunderland Royal Hospital offered his thanks on behalf of the ward’s staff, and added: “We are very grateful for the very kind donation from the Pattinson family. Their efforts will go towards ensuring that patients such as Harry are able to receive the very best treatment and care available.”