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Freemasons’ donation for breast cancer patients

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Freemasons’ donation for breast cancer patients

Freemasons from Wallsend have donated £1,000 to North Tyneside General Hospital to help people receiving treatment for breast cancer.

The  Wallsend Masonic Hall Company raised the money at a social evening earlier this month.

The money will go towards providing a portable ultrasound machine which will enable patients to have an ultrasound scan at the same time as their appointment, saving them returning to hospital on a separate occasion. 

Organiser George Fenwick said the group decided to raise money for the hospital after learning that a friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

He said: “We wanted to do something to help those people in our community receiving treatment for breast cancer.

“The facilities at our local hospital are second to none however we are delighted that the money will be used to help improve these even further.”

Amanda Walshe, specialist breast cancer nurse at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are pleased that the Freemason decided to donate the money to our hospital.

“Being diagnosed and receiving treatment for breast cancer is an extremely distressing time for patients and their families and the new equipment will help to speed up the diagnosis, something we know will be of huge benefit to patients.”

Cancer services at Northumbria Healthcare are consistently rated as among the best in England, with teams of specialist consultants and nurses providing care to hundreds of patients every single day both in hospital and in the community across North Tyneside and Northumberland.

The donation is through the Trust’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide the extras that are not usually funded by the NHS but which ensure patients have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.

Entertainment at the event was provided by ‘Folk ‘n’ Local’.