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Society’s gift helps hospital cancer unit

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Society’s gift helps hospital cancer unit

A North Shields building society has donated more than £500 to help patients receiving treatment for cancer at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The branch of Yorkshire Building Society held a number of fund-raising activities throughout the year for the oncology day unit.

The unit, one of the specialist cancer services provided by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in North Tyneside, received £300 after a public vote of charities chosen by the branch.

The society’s Community Investment Fund – set up to help good causes in local communities – donated £100, a cupcake sale, held as part of the society’s 35th birthday celebrations, raised £60, and a book sale raised £71.39.

Yvonne Coulson, of Yorkshire Building Society’s North Shields branch, said: “So many of our members know someone who has had a connection to the oncology day unit so we really wanted to show our support for such a worthwhile cause.

“I’m absolutely delighted we’ve been able to raise so much money thanks to our generous customers and our various fund-raising events, and I’m sure the money will make a positive difference to those using the day unit.”

Allison Nielsen, oncology nurse specialist and manager of the oncology day unit at North Tyneside General Hospital, said: “We’re touched that staff and customers at the branch decided to support our unit throughout the year.

“Cancer touches so many people’s lives and all donations we receive go towards helping to improve our patients’ experiences of receiving their care with us.”

For the third consecutive year, Northumbria Healthcare has been named in the top ten best performing NHS trusts in England for providing a top quality experience of care for cancer patients.