£20k boost for cancer unit fund

A club has donated £20,000 to a cancer charity set up by a new hospital.

The Rotary Club of Monkseaton Centenary has given the cash to a cancer fund run by Newcastle’s Great North Children’s Hospital.

Club president Jim Coulthard said that he and fellow members had long admired the care offered by staff at the hospital to children suffering from cancer.

“A homely and cheerful environment is provided at the Great North Children’s Hospital,” he said.

“I visit at least once each week, and the wonderful morale of the children and their parents is the first thing that strikes me every time I go in.”

Dr Kevin Windebank, of the children’s cancer fund, said: “Donations like this help to make a significant difference to the facilities, comfort and treats provided for the children who are cared for.

“We aim to provide every conceivable extra to make the children’s stay as pleasant as possible and to assist families at their time of severe stress.

“Thanks to the generosity of Rotarians, we can also provide a constant supply of activity and entertainment items for our young patients that enhance their quality of life while they are in hospital.”