COATHAM – Convalescent Home Children’s Hospital

Accreditation The Redcar and Saltburn-by-the-Sea Gazette 05/071878.



          The completed portion of the new Children’s Hospital in connection with this institution was opened on Monday last (01/07). The service on the occasion consisted of prayers and sermon by the Rev. J. Postlethwaite, at three p.m., in the Chapel, and a service of dedication in the Hospital itself. The sermon was from I. John, c. iii., v.16, “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren,” set forth the characteristics and effects of real Christianity as distinguished from the barren and nominal form so prevalent in these days, which, produces no practical results.

          The new Hospital has been pressed upon the attention of the promoters of this work as a necessary adjunct of the Home. So few places of the kind have accommodation for little children, and it was found difficult and in many respects inconvenient to domicile them with the adult patients. Moreover, space was needed for mothers and children, and these can now be received, there being room in the completed portion of the building for ten mothers with infants, and for twenty-six sick and convalescent children. When additional wards are added, to carry out the plan originally designed by Mr. Norman which Shaw, there will be room for thirty-two more children. This additional will cost another £1,000. The building opened on Monday has cost, including furnishing, about £3,000 – part of which remains to be subscribed.

          The work has been executed under superintendent of Mr. Robt. Moore, architect, of Coatham and Middlesbrough, and Mr. J. H. Burton, Coatham, was the contractor for the principal portion of the work, which has been executed in a manner completely to the satisfaction of those concerned.

          The new Hospital, like the Home of which it now forms a part, is worked by ladies who volunteer free unpaid services. How well the voluntary the voluntary system has answered during the past eighteen years is proved by the testimony of a large number of subscribers and grateful patients, many of the latter having found their sojourn in the Home a turning point in their lives, giving them not only restored bodily health, but also spiritual renewal and foretaste of a better and higher life. It has ever been the of the promoters and workers of the Home to labour for the moral and spiritual well-being of the patients, as well as to use every available means for the recovery of their health.

           There has thus been a silent and unobtrusive Christian work going on in the institution, and we can only hope that the extension of the work may bring an increased number of subscribers, and that the usefulness of the Home, which is open to patients from all parts of the kingdom, may become more widely known and appreciated.


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