Former footballer presents special charity medal to cancer team who cared for him

A former patient returned to the NHS health team who treated him to give thanks for the care he received and present staff with a bespoke medal.

Eric Powell MBE presenting a medal to the team in the urology unit.Eric Powell (MBE) presented a specially designed medal to the urology unit at the University Hospital of North Tees to show his appreciation for the treatment he received during his recent stay.

Eric was diagnosed with cancer and spent several weeks in hospital before and during his procedure.

Eric, originally from Thornaby and now living in Yarm, wanted to give something back to the unit, so decided to get a medal made to say “Thank You.”

The medal is a copy of the ones given out as part of the well established Eric Powell MBE Charity Cup, which is played locally each year.

He also presented the team with a framed photo to display on the unit and 100 cards to keep as mementos.

Eric said: “I would like to thank the staff in the urology unit for all of their care and attention. Nothing was ever too much for them; their organisation was immaculate from admission to discharge.”

“I wanted to present something that the staff can see on a daily basis and know that everything they do is making a real difference to people’s lives.”

Medal given by Eric Powell MBE to the urology unit.Karen Kilburn, specialist urology nurse, said: “It’s fantastic to see Eric looking so well. He was the model patient and we could not be happier with how his treatment went and with how his recovery has been.

“For Eric to show his gratitude with such a beautiful keepsake for the service is really humbling. It means so much to each and every member of the team.

“The medal will be displayed in a public area in the unit for other patients to view.

“Since he was discharged, Eric has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the staff were recognised for their continued efforts. We really appreciate it.”

*Photos were taken by Don’t Blink Photography*

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