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Donation to help men cope with living with prostate cancer

Monday, 22 December, 2014
Donation to help men cope with living with prostate cancer

A group in Whitley Bay has raised £800 in memory of a former president to help patients receiving treatment for prostate cancer at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Members of The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – known as the Buffs – held a collection at the funeral of Len Simpson for the Trust’s Momentum charity and received donations from other lodges in the area. The charity, which Len had supported during his year in office in 2013, funds therapies, such as acupuncture, which help alleviate the side effects of some treatments for prostate cancer.

Group member Derek Bond said: “This charity was dear to Len’s heart and we thought it only fitting to continue his good work and raise money for North Tyneside hospital.” Pauline Bagnall, uro-oncology nurse specialist at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “It was such a lovely gesture that the group decided to raise money for our charity in memory of Len and we would like to thank them for their donation. All our donations go towards improving the experiences of our patients and supporting and helping them to cope with living with the disease.”

Momemtum is part of Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide the extras which ensure patients of all ages have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare is recognised as one of the best performing NHS Trusts in England when it comes to providing a top quality experience of care for cancer patients. For the fourth successive year, the trust was named in the top 10 for the survey, a ringing endorsement for the specialist teams who care for people in hospital.