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School supports patients receiving cancer care in Alnwick

Tuesday, 17 May, 2016
School supports patients receiving cancer care in Alnwick

A school in Alnwick has donated £350 to help improve the experiences of people receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer in Alnwick.

Barndale School carried out a range of fundraising including washing staff cars, holding cake stalls and collecting donations in lieu of Christmas cards for the oncology day unit at Alnwick Infirmary.

Mandy Dobson, from the school, said: “We choose a local charity every year and as we know lots of families who’ve used this excellent service we wanted to support it.

“It makes such a difference to people to be able to have treatment on their doorstep rather than having to travel out of the area.”

Gillian Thorne, oncology nurse specialist at Alnwick Infirmary, said: “We’re delighted that Barndale School chose the oncology day unit at Alnwick and would like to thank them for their efforts.

“Cancer touches the lives of so many families and all donations we receive go towards improving the experiences of patients receiving their care with us.” 

The donation was through Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s Bright charity which provides the extras which make a difference to patients. 

Pictured: Gail Roper (centre) and pupils from the school present their donation to Catherine Johnstone (right), from the Alnwick oncology unit, and Anne Fletcher (left), Macmillan volunteer on the unit.