A NURSING scholarship awarded in memory of a Sunderland Royal Hospital doctor who devoted his life to treating premature babies has been awarded for the first time.
Named after Dr Sam Richmond, who died in 2013 aged 62, the scholarship hopes to “encourage innovation” among those working in the field in the North East.
Dr Richmond who was appointed as a consultant in neonatology at the Royal in 1988, was a much-loved figure in the Wearside medical community, and friend, colleague and inspiration to many parents, staff and members of the public.
This year’s inaugural prize has been handed to a joint submission by two staff nurses from James Cook University Hospital Nicu (neonatal intensive care Unit), in Middlesbrough – Charlie Pearson and Lucy Mann.
The pair have been given the scholarship, worth £1,000 as well as a National Glass Centre trophy commissioned by Sam’s widow Liz.
Charlie and Lucy were presented with the cheque and trophy by Liz, City Hospitals Sunderland chief executive Ken Bremner, and consultant neonatologist and clinical lead Dr Majd Abu-Harb, who was a colleague and friend of Dr Richmond.
Liz said: “It is comforting for all Sam’s family that the legacy of his work will continue and bring benefits to babies and their parents throughout the region.”
“My thanks to everyone at Sunderland Royal Hospital who were involved in setting up the scholarship, and studio staff of the National Glass Centre in Sunderland who created the beautiful prize.”