Federation of Master Builders are a cornerstone of Sunderland community for cancer patients

Members of the Sunderland Federation of Master Builders have raised a phenomenal £1000 to help support patients in Sunderland suffering from cancer and their families.

The Federation of Master Builders is mainly known as a source of high quality builders, but their regional groups, particularly Sunderland, are very passionate about giving back to their community.

The Sunderland members of the Federation have contributed to many worthy causes in the area, but this year have chosen the Cancer Information and Support Centre at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

The group raised the money by hosting a dinner and dance at the Marriot Hotel, Sunderland, with members of the Federation as well as friends and family attending. Secretary Barry Robinson said of the event:

“We were so surprised to raise such an amount. The generosity on the evening from everyone who supported the raffle was overwhelming. We never expected to donate £1,000 and are pleased to support such a worthy cause at our local Hospital – many thanks to all.”

The Sunderland Cancer Information and Support Centre opened at Sunderland Royal Hospital in 2011, initially funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. The centre is now run by City Hospitals Sunderland, with Deborah Spraggon managing the centre day to day.

“We can’t thank members of the Federation of Master Builders enough for their support – it really does make such a difference. Our staff and volunteers are always available to those who need us because of support like this, and we’re even able to provide bandanas, Look Good Feel Better Courses to help build patients self-esteem and confidence about themselves during cancer treatment, and helping patients with financial and legal issues.”

“We wouldn’t be able to do these things without support from the people of Sunderland; the Federation of Master Builders in Sunderland has made a real difference in their community, and I want to thank them on behalf of all our patients and volunteers.”