Specialist breast cancer nurses Geraldine Croft and Karen Milburn visited staff in the Sainsbury’s Local store in Horden to thank them and their customers for raising £925 for the trust.
The store – which raises money for a different cause every year – chose to fundraise for the trust after staff member Lynne Peacock was treated there.
Lynne, 57, was diagnosed with breast cancer after being invited to the University Hospital of North Tees for a routine mammogram nearly two years ago.
Following this, she had an operation to remove the cancerous lump and was given four weeks of radiotherapy treatment at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Lynne said: “All of the staff I have been treated by at both Hartlepool and North Tees have been absolutely brilliant.
“Being diagnosed with something like this is clearly very worrying, but staff have always made me feel comfortable and have put me at ease.
“The store always raise money for local causes and I thought it was only right that we raised money for the breast cancer care. We held a collection in the store, which customers have donated very generously to and we would like to thank them for that. The work these staff do is fantastic and I know this money will be used to treat other patients like myself who need it.”
Lynne, who is a mother to two daughter and has four grandchildren, lives in Blackhall with her husband David, 57. She still visits the University Hospital of Hartlepool every six months for an appointment.
Karen Milburn said: “We are very grateful to the all of the community in Horden who have donated and we would like to thank Sainsburys for doing this.
“This is money that will go towards improving the care we provide to patients who really need our help.”