Asda gives £10k to cancer hospital appeal

Lobke Cornelissen, Play Specialist, Claire Jobe, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lucy Hume, Paediatric Radiographer from St James' Hospital were on hand to accept the donation.

Lobke Cornelissen, Play Specialist, Claire Jobe, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lucy Hume, Paediatric Radiographer from St James' Hospital were on hand to accept the donation.

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An appeal to create a teenage chillout space for patients using the children’s radiotherapy department at St James’s Hospital has almost reached its target thanks to a £10,000 cheque from the Asda Foundation’s community grants programme.

Representatives from Asda’s Morley store visited the department in the Bexley Wing to hand over the cheque and give their personal backing to the appeal, which aims to convert an unused space into a purpose-built treatment area and chillout zone to meet the needs of teenage cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.

The Morley store’s involvement through the appeal was masterminded by their Community Life colleague, Maxine Green, who undertook a range of local events to support the appeal.

The Asda donation comes on top of another large grant the appeal has had from the Huddersfield-based Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

The children’s radiotherapy team have a Facebook page supporting the appeal and are encouraging people to text a donation to 70070 using PTYA51 £5 to help them raise even more money to help young people being treated.

Store manager, Ed Hilling, who officially handed over the cheque, said: “Supporting causes in our local community is a huge part of what Asda strives to do, and helping young people with cancer have a better overall experience of hospital treatment is an extremely worthy aim which we can all get behind. Having been to the hospital and met the staff I am proud we are supporting this appeal which will make a really big difference to young people from our area and across Yorkshire being treated for cancer.”