Patients and staff at Chase Farm Hospital had their festive spirits lifted when Edmonton Green’s centre manager paid them a surprise visit armed with presents and a cheque for £300.
The money donated to the hospital was raised during the centre’s first ever Christmas light switch on, which is being spent on massage therapy for patients in the chemo suite.
Each massage session costs £25 (although free to the patient) and this includes the cost of the massage therapist, the specialist clinical oils which do not interfere with the medication the patients are on, and the disposable cloths and covers for the massage chairs.
It is the first time a shopping centre has supported Chase Farm, which is part of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust group.
Diane Ryan, Head of Community Fundraising at Royal Free Charity, said: “This is such a wonderful, generous act from Edmonton Green and we cannot thank everyone at the centre enough and for those members of the public who donated.
“The money raised means so much to so many as it will directly benefit our cancer patients and provide massage therapy at time they will need it most.”
This is not the only generous act the shopping centre has carried out this Christmas. It donated enough items to make up to 150 emergency care packages for the homeless to Edmonton Baptist Church.
Lee Papadopoulos, Centre Manager at Edmonton Green, said: “Edmonton Green is our community and it is important to us that we share as much love and kindness as we can amongst local people.
“It was a pleasure to be able to visit the hospital on behalf of the centre and share in some festive cheer, as well as provide items to help some of Edmonton’s most vulnerable during the cold winter period. It is important to remember that these members of our community need our support not only during these cold months but more importantly, all year round.”