5% Pledge helps give peace of mind to cancer patients

5% Pledge helps give peace of mind to cancer patients

Published: 17 April 2023

Funding from the 5% Pledge is helping to provide mindfulness therapy for cancer patients at a North-East hospital.

The Society is committed to sharing 5% of its profits with local good causes, with the support of County Durham Community Foundation, and £8,805 has been donated to the Trinity Holistic Centre at The James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

The centre, which is supported by the Our Hospitals Charity, provides a range of services for patients, carers and staff that are not funded by the NHS.


Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies include massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, acupuncture, Reiki, emotional and psychological support, and wellbeing activities.

The Darlington Building Society grant will be used to fund mindfulness therapy for cancer patients, using meditation techniques to help with their mental health and pain management. The therapy also helps patients suffering from extreme anxiety during radiotherapy and chemotherapy.

Becky Jordan, mindfulness practitioner at the centre, said: “If it wasn’t for donations like this from Darlington Building Society, we simply wouldn’t be able to provide these vital services to patients.

“Imagine how worrying it is for people who’ve had a cancer diagnosis. The support we offer is so important for patients while they’re waiting for test results or treatment, and if they’ve had an emotional reaction afterwards. We are so grateful to Darlington Building Society for their generosity.”

Mindfulness Therapy

One of the cancer patients benefiting from the mindfulness therapy at the centre is Redcar mum-of-four Jo Byrne, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last June after discovering a lump. She has undergone an operation and chemotherapy and is due to have radiotherapy and further surgery.

“It was a massive shock when I was first diagnosed, and the fear was terrible, but coming here has made a huge difference,” said Jo, whose training as a student nurse has had to be put on hold during her treatment.

“Becky has taught me how to take my mind to other places and control my negative thoughts. I can’t thank her enough, and I’m so grateful to Darlington Building Society for helping her to do what she does.”

Janine Evans, Charitable Funds Officer for the Our Hospitals Charity, added: “Any donation, large or small, is gratefully received but this really is fantastic support from Darlington Building Society. The centre costs over £300,000 a year to run and relies on charitable donations such as these.”

5% Pledge

Andrew Craddock, chief executive of Darlington Building Society, said: “We were very moved to find out about the priceless work being carried out at Trinity Holistic Centre to support those being treated for cancer, and to hear how much it is helping patients like Jo makes it all worthwhile.”

You can learn more about Darlington Building Society’s 5% Pledge, including how to nominate a charity or good cause, here.