Charity passes million milestone

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A HEALTH care charity has passed the million pound mark for donations.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Charity collected £1,088,000 over the last year to improve care for people in hospital, while a further £179,000 was raised through hospital volunteer service shops.

The Northumbria Charitable Funds has now dished out more than £700,000 to support a variety of projects for hospital staff and patients.

There is a health and well-being programme for staff, including fitness and relaxation classes and healthy eating sessions, and a healing arts programme for patients and carers.

A new non-invasive ultrasound procedure has been introduced to help with the diagnosis of lung cancer, providing a quicker and safer service and eliminating the need for general anaesthetic.And 40 pairs of non-slip slippers have been bought to try to reduce the number of falls of elderly patients.

For details about the charity, or how to make a donation, call 0191 203 1354.