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Home > News > Donation brightens up cancer patient waiting areas at the Cumberland Infirmary

Donation brightens up cancer patient waiting areas at the Cumberland Infirmary

Posted on Thursday 6th August 2015
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Emily Stockdale (oncology project support officer), Iris Leeson (physiotherapist who donated the photographs) and Suzanne Stanley (radiotherapy services manager).

Cancer services at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle have received a very kind donation of photographs in order to enhance the radiotherapy and chemotherapy waiting areas.

The 18 large canvases all capture landscapes in Cumbria and were donated by Iris Leeson, a physiotherapist at the Cumberland Infirmary and Penrith Community Hospital. Iris started fundraising after her mum, Angela Hodgson, had breast cancer and sadly passed away four years ago. She has since raised over £10,000 with £6,000 going towards a Faxitron machine last summer for breast cancer patients in the Infirmary.

Iris has raised the money through various charity evenings and participating in a skydive. The photographs were all taken by local photographers and donated free of charge to Iris who then had them printed and fitted by H&H Reeds Printers who gave a generous discount. Direct Rail Services also kindly donated £200 to Iris’s fund. Cancer patients were given the opportunity to vote from a selection of photographs to ensure they would see their favourite up on the wall.

Iris said: “After attending meetings such as the cancer patient panel and infection control meetings to ensure the prints would meet the Trust’s criteria for cleaning, I am delighted to see the photos now brightening the walls of the waiting areas. I would like to thank the photographers involved for kindly donating their stunning photographs and my dad for all of the support he has given me throughout my charity events.

“I have now set up a Trust Fund in my mum’s name with money set aside for patients who may not be able to afford to buy a wig when they are having their treatment.”

Suzanne Stanley, radiotherapy services manager at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We would like to thank Iris very much for the stunning photographs she has donated. We are always looking for ways to create a better environment for our patients whilst they wait for their treatment and the photos have already generated a lot of interest and discussion particularly as patients were given the opportunity to vote for their favourite.”