Young bakers in support of unit

Izzy Aldridge (right) and Grace Titterton present to cheque to Allison Nielsen at the oncology day unit at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Izzy Aldridge (right) and Grace Titterton present to cheque to Allison Nielsen at the oncology day unit at North Tyneside General Hospital.

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Schoolchildren have been baking up a treat for hospital patients.

Five pupils from Valley Gardens Middle School, in Whitley Bay, used their home-baking skills to raise money to help improve the experiences of people receiving treatment for cancer at North Tyneside General Hospital.

The youngsters – who baked and sold cakes and biscuits, raising more than £50 in the process – heard about the work of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s oncology day unit and Top to Toe charity.

Sue Bale, a family friend of one of the group, used the service in 2007.

Sue, 66, from Whitley Bay, said: “When I had breast cancer I received such wonderful treatment, advice and therapy from the oncology day unit and Top to Toe and so wanted to give something back.

“I am delighted that the children decided to raise money for the charity and help people in similar situations.”

The children involved were Izzy Aldridge, Grace Titterton, Tom Riley, Patrick Ilderton and Amy Thompson.

Izzy and Grace attended the unit and met Allison Nielsen, oncology nurse specialist and manager.

Allison said: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the children for using their home-baking skills to raise money to help improve the experiences of our patients.

“Cancer touches so many lives and we’re passionate about doing all we can to make their experience of receiving care with us as positive as possible.”