Haematology team make a splash and raise funds for the unit

Haematology team prepare to white water raft

A team from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust have raised some invaluable charitable funds for their department and enjoyed some excellent team building work in the process.

The staff from the Haematology department were out on the water in August at the Tees Water Barrage, after being sponsored to brave the river, with some adrenaline-fueled white water rafting at the internationally renowned water sports centre.

Mercy Cabrega, Haematology and Anticoagulation Matron in the Haematology ward at Trust commented on the fast-paced day “Our team were all a bit apprehensive when we first arrived at the waterside, but we all braved the water together to raise some funds for our department, and make everyone who sponsored us proud. We all ended up having a brilliant day out, full of fun, excitement, laughter and team work, and some have already commented about doing it again; especially those staff members who missed out this time around!”

Haematology team white water rafting on the river tees

The Tees Barrage has two international standard courses with fast moving rapid white water and the team navigated some big waves after some experienced tutorage from their guide – paddling their way through the courses twists and turns to raise the funds.

Mercy summed up the day “At the end of our day out, we raised £410 for our Haematology charitable funds. We’d love to think that our adventurous fundraising will inspire some of our other staff members, units, wards and departments to do the same. It truly was a remarkable experience!”

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