Hospital kicks off breast cancer month with fundraiser

06 October 2016

Staff and patients at Spire Washington Hospital have raised over £1,000 for breast cancer causes as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

The hospital’s annual Pink Day was held on 5 October 2016, and this year staff, patients and visitors raised £1,100 through raffles, tombolas, cake sales and games with prizes donated from Barbour, Premier Inn and other local businesses.

Amanda Pinkerton, Oncology Lead and Breast Care Nurse Specialist said “We get lots of ladies – and some gents – through our doors, whether that is for treatment, surgery or even to attend our support group- so Pink Day is always brilliant for everyone involved. It’s a great way for us to help raise money for some amazing charities that are very close to our hearts.”

Funds raised this year have been split between three causes; St. Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow, Breast Cancer Care and the Spire Washington Breast Cancer Support Group.  

The group offers support and advice to patients, partners and families or to anyone affected by breast cancer. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month and ideas are exchanged and information is available to allay fear and anxieties.

Breast cancer is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK and next year another 60,000 people are expected to be diagnosed – that’s almost one person every 10 minutes.

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