PROUD Teessider, Great British Rowing Team medal winner, and Team GB hopeful, Beth Bryan joins Neoangels as its new Patron.
Neoangels supports families of sick and premature babies on the Neonatal Unit at the University Hospital of North Tees. It offers support with growing financial costs parents face when having a poorly baby, emotional support, bereavement support and it purchases medical equipment for the Unit.
Beth, who is currently part of the Women’s Great British Rowing Team with numerous silver and bronze medals under her belt, joined the charity in January and is committed to working with the charity to raise its profile and help with fundraising.
Beth has a close connection to the Neonatal Unit as her mum Debbie has worked there for more than 20 years in many roles including a Staff Nurse, Ward Manager and is now training to be an Advanced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.
Beth, said: “I watched mum on the Unit as I was growing up and was always so inspired by the work the Doctors and Nurses did.
“I used to watch at the doors of each room and be fascinated by everything I saw.
“I always knew I wanted to give back to the Unit I grew up around, when Neoangels approached me to join as their Patron my answer was a very quick yes!
“The work the Charity does is exceptional, it offers so much support to so many families in so many ways and it’s such an honour to be part of this journey and making a difference.
“I’m so proud of Teesside and I love this place, being able to work with a charity in my hometown is wonderful.”
Beth will be travelling the world in 2018 including representing Great Britain in the European Sport Championships in Glasgow in August, the Rowing World Cup in Austria and World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria.
Whilst on her travels Beth will be inspiring the people she meets with the work of Neoangels and the Neonatal Unit it supports. She won’t be alone though, as she will be accompanied by the Charity’s new mascot.
Lottie King, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to bring Beth on as our Patron. Her passion and love for the work we do and the families on the Unit is inspirational.
“We bought her on the Unit recently to meet our families and talk about her work and she was a natural. Everyone loved her. She even managed to get a cuddle with one of our babies!
“We are so excited to work with her and we’re looking forward to the future together.”