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Newcastle Fans Put Things Right After Lowlife Strikes

8 years ago

Ten days ago we brought you news that some lowlife had stolen a signed Newcastle shirt (pictured) from the children’s ward at a Tyneside hospital.

This generated much sadness and anger, both for the people at North Tyneside hospital and Newcastle fans everywhere.

This is how we reported the story;

A signed Newcastle United shirt was presented by Alan Shearer on the occasion of the refurbishment of the children’s ward at North Tyneside General Hospital (Rake Lane, North Shields) in March 2002. The framed shirt was donated by Mr. Ron Morton and took pride of place for eleven years.

Since then it has hung in the playroom of the children’s ward and given a lot of pleasure to the children spending time in the hospital and their visiting families & friends.

Sadly, earlier this week, between Monday morning and Wednesday morning, the frame was pulled apart and the shirt removed by a callous thief or thieves.

The shirt has still not been recovered and if you have any information please get in touch with the Police.

However, on a happier note, Karen Durkin has been in touch on behalf of the hospital with the following update;

Following this shocking event, we have kindly had four signed shirts donated by kind members of the public who were touched by our story.

One shirt was dropped off by a member of the public but I don’t have his name unfortunately, we have also had a lovely framed top given to us by Mr Christopher Bryan from Blyth, who has had this top since he was a young lad and up until now it was still hanging on his wall.

Another top was kindly donated to us by a Mr Michael Fuller from Cramlington, he also kindly gave us a playstation and lots of games for the children to use on the ward. Yesterday we also received a visit from a Mr Craig Thompson who came up from Sheffield and popped in with a signed top for us.

The kindness from these people is fabulous, they have given the ward their prized possessions, All the staff are overwhelmed, so I would like to pass on a huge thank you to these fans.

I would also like to thank a gentleman by the name of Craig Williams from Reading, who has a framed shirt and was going to travel up from Reading to give it to us, he was keeping the top for his son who is four but was willing to present it to the ward. I told him we were very grateful for his kind gesture but with having four shirts donated we thought it would be nice for Craig to keep this treasured shirt for his son,

So a big thank you to these lovely people and a big thank you to readers of The Mag and all the Newcastle United fans who have been so kind.

A big well done to everybody who has done their best to put things right at the hospital and remind us once again what a great thing it is to be part of the Newcastle United football family.



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