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Open garden raises money for cancer patients

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Open garden raises money for cancer patients

A couple who opened up their Monkseaton garden to the public has donated more than £1,000 to help cancer patients at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Annette and Bill Maddison, with a little help from family and five friends, who are members of Bygate WI, held an open garden day in June with a plant sale, raffles and teas.

Prizes in the raffle included a silver garnet ring, donated by jeweller Douglass King and a floral hooky mat by Annette. In total, £1,369.70 was raised for the oncology day unit.

Keen gardener Annette said: “Cancer touches the lives of so many people and a lot of my friends and fellow WI members have received treatment at the oncology day unit at North Tyneside hospital.

“They’ve all spoken of the excellent, compassionate care they’ve received and we wanted to do something to help the unit continue its excellent work.”

The couple presented the cheque to Allison Nielsen, oncology day unit manager.

Allison said: “We are extremely grateful that Annette and Bill decided to open up their garden especially to raise money for our unit.

“Fittingly, the donation will go towards a new garden here at the unit where patients can enjoy a calm and peaceful environment whilst they are with us for treatment.”

Work is expected to start later this year on the garden which is supported by Northumbria Healthcare’s Bright Charity which works hard to provide additional extras that are not usually be funded by the NHS but they ensure patients have the best experience possible during their stay in hospital.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 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.

With specialist cancer teams based at the Trust’s general hospitals in North Tyneside, Hexham and Wansbeck, as well as Berwick Infirmary, Northumbria Healthcare delivers care to thousands of cancer patients across North Tyneside and Northumberland supporting people in hospital, in the community and at home.