From slings for steel to hoists for patients – Dawson family donates new equipment for Teesside cancer unit

AV Dawson and the Dawson family have donated much needed medical equipment to a Teesside cancer unit in recognition of the support it provided the business’ former chairman.

The new hoist, which is being donated to the Oncology Ward 14 at The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough will assist nurses to move patients on the ward more easily.

With support from Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, a total of £4,000 of donations were generated as a result of the fundraising that took place around a celebration of life event that was held on 4 February – World Cancer Day – in memory of the firm’s former chairman, Maurice Dawson.

Gary Dawson, AV Dawson managing director said: “Oncologist Nick Wadd and Ward 14 at James Cook provided an incredible level of support to Maurice and my family. I don’t know how they do the job they do. I’m pleased we’ve been able to give something back and do something to support them.”

Kay McFarland, ward manager on Ward 14 at James Cook said: “We are so grateful to AV Dawson for the hard work and effort they have put into fundraising on our behalf in memory of Maurice Dawson.

“Getting such kind words of feedback about the care provided to Maurice is rewarding in itself, but receiving such a generous donation as well, which will enable us to further improve the care we provide to patients, is very humbling.

“Thank you to the Dawson family and everyone associated with AV Dawson who helped them to reach the magnificent total by supporting their fundraising event in memory of Maurice, who I know will be greatly missed by family and colleagues.”

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Maurice Dawson’s Celebration of Life event at Wynyard Hall.