Derbyshire Times launches campaign to raise vital cancer care funds

This week we're launching a very special appeal - and we need YOUR help!

Friday, 9th December 2016, 10:32 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 1:36 pm

Work is well under way to build the new NGS Macmillan Unit at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, which aims to transform the treatment of Derbyshire people diagnosed with the condition.

The drive to raise the funds needed to complete the scheme has just reached the £2m mark - thanks to the generosity of residents and businesses across the county.

We want to help in the final push to raise the last £500,000 needed to equip and furbish the facility.

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Editor Phil Bramley said: “I know all too well how cancer affects so many local lives; it’s only a few years ago that my dad was diagnosed with and sadly died from it.

“The new centre will help transform the lives of patients and their families and I’m asking all our readers to get behind this fundraising push.”

It’s easy to get involved, you can text DTRA50 + £amount to 70550 and give what you can to the cause. For example, to give £5 just text DTRA50 £5

Alternatively you can donate on-line here

Phil added: “It doesn’t matter if you give just a little or you can give a lot, but please help us support this really worthwhile cause that will make such a difference to so many lives.”

We challenge our fantastic readers to get involved anyway they can and help us raise at least £5,000 towards the final target.

The new centre means people will be able to receive vital treatment, care and support in one purpose-built centre providing joined up services closer to home.

Currently cancer care and treatment is provided in different locations across the hospital site, the chemotherapy unit is too small for the number of patients it sees and there is no information and support service.

The new centre will enable the specialist teams to provide all out-patient chemotherapy and clinical haematology in one place.

It will provide vital support for local people facing the toughest fight of their lives, including:

Treatment and care and support in one location

21 chemotherapy treatment chairs, two treatment beds and three treatment rooms with couches

Specialist advice

Complementary therapies, welfare benefits advice, practical support and dietary advice

Access to self help and support groups

Signposting to the voluntary and community sector for support.