Staff Activities

Updated on 5th October 2018 at 10:53 am


Staff members at Park Road Medical Practice participate in charity events which we would like to share with our patients.

June 2019

Dr Rachel Bailey took part in the Great North Swim and tells us that the day arrived wet and windy and strong currents so the event was nearly called off. Thankfully not after all that preparation, but they reduced the mile course to 1/2 a mile although as they said it would probably feel like a mile! Great atmosphere and fun warm up to Hawai five o and entered the water to Tom Jones “ Its Not Unusual” everyone singing quite surreal! Of course what this means is Dr Bailey says she has to do this again next year to complete the full mile!

September 2018 

On 30th September 2018 Park Road Medical Practice launched its Park Run Practice status by participating in the Rising Sun Park Run.  We were delighted to be joined by colleagues from a neighbouring practice.

Dr Rachel Bailey and her family participated in this year’s Great North Run and raised over £1000 for the Percy Hedley Foundation.

December 2017

During December 2017 Sandra Dowling and two members of her family undertook Newcastle’s first ever “Elf Walk”.  This took place on Saturday 9th December 2017.  The event was organised to raise money for research into Alzheimer’s disease.  It was run by the Alzheimer’s Society, which hopes to raise £60,000 to fund research and support affected people in the Newcastle area.

May 2017 – September 2017

Dr John Matthews signed up for running down dementia which meant running 100km before end of September. He completed 20 Park Runs.  This meant getting up early on Saturdays every week!!  He raised nearly £600.  A copy of his certificate is proudly displayed in the practice.

April 2017

Dr Rachel Bailey and Dr Sue Clasper took part in a zip slide across the River Tyne in aid of raising funds for Learning Disabilities :North East who are a North Tyneside based charity, supporting people of all ages who have a learning disability, many of whom have other physical disabilities, mental health needs or other challenging conditions.  Between them the GPs raised over £500.

March 2017

Dr Vicky Taylor is taking part in the month long challenge of giving up one of her favourite treats – chocolate!!  She is doing this in aid of the British Heart Foundation and if you would like to support Dr Taylor in her challenge you can sponsor her via the Just Giving website.

October 2016 – December 2016

Members of staff are taking part in the Helping Homeless Women Christmas Campaign by gathering together any old handbags we no longer use and are filling these with snacks, hygiene and sanitary products and donating these to homeless women in the local area.  They will be given to charities such as Changing Lives, Shelter North East.


May 2016

Members of staff took part in the Walk for Parkinson’s along Newcastle/Gateshead Quayside on Saturday 21st May 2016 and raised £90.00.

Parkinson Walk

Parkinson’s North East work with the whole Parkinson’s community to get the right services and support to meet local needs.

April 2016

Dr Kate Carding and Dr Rachel Bailey took part in the 9 mile Hadrian’s Wall Hike on the 24th April 2016 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.


January 2016

Park Road Medical Practice supported ‘Dry January’ and raised £50.00 to support Alcohol Concern.  A thank you letter from Alcohol Concern was received.

Alcohol Concern is a national charity that helps children and adults affected by alcohol. Many thanks to those patients who kindly sponsored us.
December 2015

During December 2015 staff at Park Road Medical Practice are gathering together a food hamper to donate to Newcastle Food Bank.  Further information on Newcastle East food bank can be located on their website.


A letter of thanks has been received from Newcastle Food Bank.

November 2015

Dr Kerry Burnett participated  in the “dirty double” run in the Lake district in November. This was a 10K Hellvellyn run on the Saturday and a 10k Ullswater run on the Sunday. Dr Burnett raised £1000 in memory of her grandfather who passed away from Parkinsons Disease.  Further information on Parkinsons disease  can be located on their website.


October 2015

One of our reception team, Lucy Wheatman is participating in this year’s Go Sober for October event.  


Saturday 3rd October 2015 – North Tyneside CCG organised a walk in aid of Dementia from St Mary’s Lighthouse to Tynemouth Priory.  Dr John Matthews, Dr Andrew Saltissi and Sandra Dowling participated in this event along with family and friends and colleagues from the CCG.

CCG Dementia Walk

September 2015

Members of the practice team participated in and completed the Alzheimer’s Memory walk along the banks of the River Tyne.

Dementia collage

October 2014

Our Practice Manager, Sandra Dowling, completed a zip slide across the River Tyne in aid of the Stroke Association.

Zip Slide Photo