Children’s home-baked cakes help cancer patients at North Tyneside hospital
Schoolchildren in Whitley Bay have used their home-baking skills to raise money to help improve the experiences of people receiving treatment for cancer at North Tyneside General Hospital.
Five pupils from Valley Gardens Middle School baked and sold cakes and biscuits and raised £50.
The children wanted the money to go to the charity after hearing how Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s oncology day unit and Top to Toe charity benefits people undergoing treatment for cancer.
Sue Bale, a family friend of one of the group, experienced the service in 2007.
Sue, 66, from Whitley Bay, said: “When I had breast cancer I received such wonderful treatment, advice and therapy from the oncology day unit and Top to Toe and so wanted to give something back.
“Both the nurses and the people who give their time voluntarily are wonderful – doing their best to help patients through very difficult times.
“I am delighted that the children decided to raise money for the charity and help people in similar situations.”
The children involved were Izzy Aldridge, Grace Titterton, Tom Riley, Patrick Ilderton and Amy Thompson.
Izzy and Grace attended the unit and met Allison Nielsen, oncology nurse specialist and manager of oncology day unit at North Tyneside General Hospital.
Allison said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the children for using their home-baking skills to raise money to help improve the experiences of our patients.
“Cancer touches so many lives and we’re passionate about doing all we can to make their experience of receiving care with us as positive as possible.
For the last four years, Northumbria Healthcare has been named in the country’s top 10 for cancer patient experience.
North Tyneside hospital is one of five specialist oncology day units run by Northumberland Healthcare, providing local access to chemotherapy and supportive treatments.