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Clown Doctors bring Easter treats to Newcastle hospital

(L-R) Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Lara Bewick (7) from Consett, Jack Steabler (18 months) from Houghton-le-Spring, Dr Tammy Teacosy and Libby Nolan (The Children's Foundation) Credit: Longstone PR

Young patients in the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle have had a bit of an Easter surprise....after the Clown Doctors paid them a visit.

They delivered Easter Eggs and treats to children who will spend the Bank Holiday in hospital.

(L-R) Dr Tammy Teacosy, Dr Jamima Jamjuggle, Andrew Skelton (Director, SOS Group Ltd.), and Finley Thompson (4 months old from Seaham) with mum, Kay Credit: Longstone PR

“It’s always hard for children in hospital but it’s especially difficult on special occasions like Easter.

Anything we can do, even simple things like sharing Easter eggs, helps lift the children and gives them something new to focus on.

– Libby Nolan, fundraising manager at The Children’s Foundation

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Bishop of Durham: We need to change low levels of aspirations among young people

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler has called for more to be done to help young people in the North East to achieve their dreams in his Easter message.

Unfortunately, as some children get older, their hopes and aspirations tend to reduce. The difficult truth is that the North East of England has the lowest levels of aspirations among young people in the whole country, which is a sad statistic and one that should be hard to accept for all of us.

This is something that we need to change. We all need to give our children and young people a sense of hope that their aspirations can be met rather than a sense that they will fail to achieve their dreams.

– The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

The Bishop is the Church of England's lead bishop for children and young people.

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Bishop leads Dawn Vigil at Durham Cathedral

Dawn Vigil fire is lit. Credit: Keith Blundy

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, led a dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral today in which he Baptised five people.

The dawn service, often called the Dawn Vigil, was the first service of Easter Day at the cathedral.

Bishop Paul lights the Easter Paschal Candle. Credit: Keith Blundy

In his first Easter Day service since being enthroned as Bishop of Durham, Bishop Paul gave a sermon in which he spoke of fear and what makes us afraid saying:

"We live in a world where there is much fear. So too on the streets of our communities like Jarrow, Hartlepool, Stockton, Sunderland, Easington and the farms of the Dales there are people who live with deep fears."

"Fears of domestic abuse and violence; fears of long term illness; fears of failing to be able to heat the home and feed the children adequately; fears of no job on leaving school or college; fears of loneliness and hopelessness.”

Bishop Paul concluded by saying: “But there is a fear that takes us forward; it is the 'fear of the Lord'. This is not being afraid of God but it is, in Eugene Peterson's words, 'living responsively and appropriately before who God is, who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.'

Congregation at Dawn Candlelight Service of Light. Credit: Keith Blundy
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