Asda helps to make hospital teen-friendly

Maxine Green, Asda's Community Life Champion. (D517E339)
Maxine Green, Asda's Community Life Champion. (D517E339)

A supermarket has helped to make a hospital unit more teenage-friendly.

St James’s Hospital Radiologist department got in touch with Asda Morley to ask for their help in raising funds to refurbish their children’s Oncology waiting area, which is currently aimed at young children.

St James’s Institute of Oncology is one of the biggest cancer centres in Europe. It holds more than 350 beds and has around 1,600 members of staff that provide care for cancer patients from across Leeds, Yorkshire and across the UK.

Maxine Green, community life champion for Asda Morley, got in touch with the Asda Foundation to ask for help.

St James’s originally asked £28,000 but three other charities got involved, so in the end the Asda Foundation donated £10,000 towards the new waiting room.

A spokesperson for St James’s Hospital said: “Our patient’s wellbeing and needs are extremely important to us, if we can make their lives a little bit easier by making their hospital experiences more comfortable and friendlier for them, then we will do it. We are incredibly thankful for the Asda Foundation’s donation as it will really help towards the changes we want to make.”