The Weardale Practice chosen charity for 2017 is The David Nelson Memorial Fund.
The David Nelson Memorial Fund has placed 18 Community Access Defibrillators in Weardale with the fantastic support and fundraising from the local communities…. And are not stopping there!
They have also purchased defibs for 4 primary schools in the dale and trained over 360 members of the community in the Chain of Survival and how to use their defibrillators.
David Nelson from Hill End, Frosterley died very suddenly at home on 3rd January 2015 from a heart attack. He was 61. It took the emergency services 40mins to arrive due to the distance the dispatched ambulance had to travel ….and there was no local support available.
In memory of David they have raised funds to purchase community access defibrillators for Weardale’s villages to help save lives in the future. These defibrillators are accessible to all members of the public (by calling 999 you will provided with an access code)
Please keep a look out throughout the year to see what The Weardale Practice Team will be doing throughout the year to raise money for this amazing local charity!
A big thank you to all that took part in our recent raffle for the tickets to one of the Kynren Performances we have raised a further £96 towards our practice charity of 2017 - The David Nelson Memorial Fund. Congratulations to our winner!
The Weardale Practice has been enjoying a challenge yet again. This year's Practice Charity is the David Nelson Memorial Fund, a fantastic local cause. Eleven of the Practice staff along with 11 family members and 3 dogs donned hi-vis clothing, over 200 glow sticks and torches and set off from The High Force Hotel at Midnight 1st / 2nd July to walk the 15 kilometres to Westgate via Newbiggin. Following a week of rain, we enjoyed a fine day on Saturday and the first dry night for ages. The pace was brisk, helped perhaps by the strong winds and the walkers were tucked up in bed by 3.45am.
Thanks to the Weardale Community Transport for providing Tom the driver and a minibus to High Force, thanks to the High Force Hotel for accommodating 22 late night arrivals and providing chip butties to fuel the walkers. Apologies to the residents near Westgate Community Centre for the exuberant 6 to 8 year olds at the end of the walk, and the tired adults enjoying a cuppa and a bacon sandwich!
This was a sponsored event and it is not too late to sponsor us at any of our surgeries. Thank you to the people of Weardale for your continued support for the Practice's fundraising, it is very much appreciated.