Susan says thanks for saving my life

Susan Wintrip, centre, with her children Kerry and Paula, husband Keith and grandchildren.
Susan Wintrip, centre, with her children Kerry and Paula, husband Keith and grandchildren.

A north Northumberland woman has said a £6,000 thank-you to the hospital which saved her life.

Susan Wintrip, 57, of Amble, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia in May, 2013, and was admitted to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

After successfully battling the disease, Susan and her family wanted to give something back.

Now, after a Boxing Day dip and celebration night, they have presented a cheque for £6,146.61 to Bright Red, a charity helping people with blood cancer which supports the ward where she was treated.

Susan said: “I wanted to do something to say thank you to Ward 33. The nurses and doctors really looked after me. They saved my life.

“My husband’s friend suggested we do the Boxing Day Dip at Amble’s Little Shore. We thought it would just be a few of the family, but after my daughter shared it on Facebook over 30 people got involved.

“That raised £4,005.06 through sponsorship which blew me away. We then decided to combine our anniversary with a celebration night. On March 7, we had a party and raised a further £2,141,55 for the charity.

“I couldn’t have done this without the help of my family. I’d like to thank my husband Keith, my children Kerry, Paula and Ryan, my good friend Cath Elliott and all of my grandchildren. I’d also like to thank everyone who got involved in the dip, or the celebration. Everyone played a part.”