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Finding out I had cancer was one of the most difficult and distressing times imaginable. I never thought it would happen to me, I don’t think anyone does. The uncertainty you face is crippling and your whole life, and that of your loved ones, seems......

As part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month Kathryn McRae, Sister of Ward 33 of the Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle (pictured second from left above) has shared ‘a day in the life’ blog with us, below.  I usually arrive......

Jill Bell is one of our Bright Red Nurses, working at the Sunderland Royal Hospital. As part of Blood Cancer Awareness Month Jiill has shared ‘a day in the life of’ blog with us, below. Overall my role as a Haematology Specialist Nurse is to......

“People would always ask: ‘what is it like to have a stem cell transplant?’ I would say the first one is like climbing Roseberry Topping in Middlesbrough – a hill that’s challenging if you go up the hard route. The second transplant would be like......

A year-long fundraiser by staff from North East property and energy firm, The Banks Group has raised an amazing £14,500 for Bright Red. Bright Red was nominated by David Wilson, a member of Banks Group ICT team, who has experienced first-hand the support that we......

Chairman Mark Thompson first became close to Bright Red many years ago when his wife suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Since his initial involvement, he has shaped Bright Red – from its infancy as a small regional charity, to what it is today. Mark Thompson says:......

We are delighted to share with you that our second Bright Red Nurse has now taken up post in Sunderland Royal Hospital, thanks to our investment of nearly £80,000. With another Clinical Nurse Specialist in Sunderland’s service they are able to offer a far superior......

Coronavirus isn’t going away any time soon – but neither is blood cancer. Not surprisingly, with the disruption of the coronavirus, patients were asked to stay at home to shield and postpone their routine medical care. But this has created difficulties with accessing cancer treatment,......

It was 14th December 2018, the day that life as I knew it would change forever. The words I never thought I would ever hear “You have cancer…incurable cancer”. I was diagnosed with myeloma, a cancer I had not even heard of before. It’s still......

‘Each and every nurse who helped save my life…I will be forever grateful.’ Carol Mavin, who’s from Lynemouth in Northumberland, was diagnosed in February 2019 with a form of leukaemia. After being diagnosed, she was admitted to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, and was moved......

In 2013 I was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukaemia) and admitted to the Freeman cancer care ward where I received chemotherapy. During which time I became aware of the Bright Red charity who helped me with a Lee Robson Patient Care Grant to buy......

Bright Red are proud supporters of the complementary therapists at Sunderland Royal Hospital. We provided £3,500 of funding which helped provide 1,475 therapies, given to 992 patients. Therapies included : Auricular acupuncture, massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki, and mindful touch. These therapies can make......

A little over a year ago plans were put forward to renovate the day room on Ward 33. With it resembling a dark forgotten corridor it wasn’t the most pleasant place for patients and visitors to sit. We wanted to have a quiet and peaceful......

Identification of novel early epigenetic changes in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia Timothy Barrow The human genome is the recipe book for making every protein that cells need to function. There are more than 20,000 genes encoding for proteins, and yet only 30% of our total DNA......

We are delighted to share with you that Bright Red Nurse Heather Lee is now in post at the Frirage Hospital in Northallerton, thanks to our investment of over £40,000. We are now funding four nursing posts across the region, with Bright Red Nurses already......

A seven-year-old from County Durham is taking to the hairdresser’s to help raise funds for Bright Red. Grace will be having her long hair chopped short on the 22nd of May, and she’s asking people to donate what they can to the charity. She was......

The 1st to the 7th of June 2021 is Volunteers’ Week, which celebrates the enormous contribution that volunteers make to charities and good causes, all across the UK and beyond. Needless to say, the past year has been challenging for people from all walks of......

“Our next challenge will be…Climbing Mount Everest with a 747 jet strapped to my back.” In aid of Bright Red, Ivan Hart from Lionhart Fitness, along with his clients, will be doing box jumps and steps until they reach the height of Mount Everest (8,849......