EXTRA comforts are being provided to palliative care patients and their families at Airedale Hospital – thanks to a Macmillan grant.

Support from the charity has enabled Airedale NHS Foundation Trust to provide 150 ‘comfort bags’.

Each contains items such as deodorant, shower gel, wet wipes, mints, toothbrushes and toothpastes.

Dr Linda Wilson, consultant in palliative medicine at the health trust, said: “The hospital’s end-of-life team is extremely grateful to Macmillan for funding the comfort bags. These helpful items will be given to patients and their family members. We know how much the comforts are appreciated in these difficult days.”

Lisa Spivey, Macmillan’s partnership manager for West Yorkshire, said she was pleased the support grant was enabling people to receive comfort at a “particularly difficult and stressful time”.

She added: “Support grants are available because of the generosity of the public. We want people to know that Macmillan is still here for you despite the current pandemic. We’re determined to ensure cancer doesn’t become the ‘forgotten c’.”