£1.3m appeal for new Weston Park facilities

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

Rachel Thorpe, director of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

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A £1.3M APPEAL has been launched to raise funds for vital new facilities at a hospital which supports Doncaster cancer patients.

Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity’s Do Your Bit campaign is raising money to create a new state-of-the-art research and treatment facility at the Sheffield hospital.

Two leading organisations have already backed the appeal, with both Westfield Health and Yorkshire Cancer Research pledging substantial donations.

The campaign is to fund a major refurbishment of the first floor of the hospital to create a new Cancer Research and Treatment Suite, offering access to the most up-to-date anti-cancer treatments and therapies, initially as part of a research programme, and subsequently as NHS treatment.

The new suite, bringing together two existing chemotherapy treatment facilities, will include a new and expanded clinical trials area, enabling the hospital to increase the number of clinical trials it offers, currently standing at 100 trials a year. Work will focus on early stage trials for breast, lung, kidney, prostate and skin (melanoma) cancers. In future years, trials for other cancers could be offered. In addition the Suite will allow expansion of the hospital’s Daycase Service Unit which treats approximately 50 patients a day with anti-cancer treatments.

Rachel Thorpe, director of WPHCC, said: “We are asking people across the region to help us with this campaign. With one in three people being diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives, most people know someone who has been affected by cancer.

“We have called the campaign the ‘Do Your Bit’ campaign because every single donation, no matter how large or how small, will make a difference. This is our biggest fundraising campaign in more than a decade and we are asking people right across the region to help us reach that £1.3million.

“The new suite marks a major step in terms of research and treatment here at Weston Park Hospital and will enable our patients to receive the most up to the minute treatments for their cancer, both now and in the future. It will benefit thousands of people and will confirm Weston Park Hospital in the front rank of cancer treatment and research.”

Supporters from across the region are being asked to visit www.do-your-bit.org.uk where they can find ideas on how to ‘do their bit’ to support the campaign.