Aldi has helped Teenage Cancer Trust patients and staff in Newcastle to create a ‘home away from home’ this Christmas by donating a range of festive decorations.

Wards at the Freeman Hospital and the Great North Children’s Hospital now have a Christmas tree, Kevin the Carrot soft toys and other seasonal decorations, meaning young cancer patients spending Christmas day away from home can take part in the festivities.

The donation is part of Aldi’s five-year partnership with Teenage Cancer Trust to raise £5 million in an effort to ensure no young person faces cancer alone. Aldi has donated Christmas Trees and hampers, packed with lights and decorations, to various units across the country ready for patients to decorate the trees with their friends, family and Teenage Cancer Trust staff.

Michelle Aucott, Aldi Partnership Manager at Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “Having to spend time over Christmas away from home can be incredibly difficult for the young people on our units. That’s why it’s so important for us to help to create a festive atmosphere and make people feel at home.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Aldi. The trees and decorations have already visibly lifted people’s spirits, and we’re all looking forward to celebrating Christmas Day as one big family.”

Fritz Walleczek, Managing Director of Corporate Responsibility, at Aldi said: “This donation is only a small gesture, but we hope it will make a difference to those who are away from home this Christmas. We are proud to support the amazing work that Teenage Cancer Trust does across the country, and we look forward to continuing our fundraising in the New Year.”

Teenage Cancer Trust works in partnership with the NHS to provide highly-trained expert staff and specialist cancer units in NHS hospitals across the UK. The charity is there at every stage from diagnosis, through treatment and after treatment. It also brings young people with cancer together so they can support each other.