Youth group brings smiles to hospital ward

Members of the Birtley Young Peoples Club handing over a cheque for �2000 to nursing staff at the Chirldrens Wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital on Monday.

Members of the Birtley Young Peoples Club handing over a cheque for �2000 to nursing staff at the Chirldrens Wards at Sunderland Royal Hospital on Monday.

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A YOUTH group is helping to raise the smiles of children at a Wearside hospital ward after handing over a cash boost.

Birtley Young People’s Club has passed on £2,000 to Sunderland Royal’s paediatric department.

Bosses at the club chose the ward to benefit from the money after it was recently vandalised.

The money is expected to go towards new toys for poorly youngsters to play with.

Michelle McCormack, of Teal Farm, in Washington, who works at the Royal as a personal assistant and is involved with Birtley Young People’s Club, said members hope the cash will result in an improvement.

Michelle, 47, who is the mum of twin boxers Pat and Luke McCormack, 19, who hope to compete in the next Olympics for Team GB, said: “We have a couple of boxing shows a year at the club and there are loads of other activities on such as football, dancing, keep fit and yoga.

“When we saw we’d raised the money, we decided we just wanted to give something back and couldn’t think of a better place to pass this on to.”

The playroom was recently given a lick of paint by grateful Newcastle United fans as a show of thanks to Sunderland supporters for raising money in memory of two Magpies fans, who were killed in the MH17 air disaster last summer.

Birtley Young People’s Club’s next boxing show is set to take place on Saturday, February 7.