This appeal aims to raise funds to support a dedicated radiotherapy service that will provide treatment to more than 5,000 cancer patients and their families from North, South and West Dorset every year, including some cancer patients from the Yeovil area who currently have to travel to Taunton for treatment.
The service, which will run from a new building at Dorset County Hospital, will house a dedicated cancer outpatients unit complete with private rooms for consultations, counseling, and alternative therapies.
Poole Hospital – which has benefitted from a £3m legacy from Poole businessman Robert White – has promised £7.4m to fund the construction of the radiotherapy unit and the purchase of two Linear Accelerator machines (LINACs) which are central to the treatment cancer patients will receive.
The appeal is also raising money to overhaul Dorset County Hospital’s Chemotherapy department providing space for friends and family to sit with loved ones undergoing chemotherapy. Currently, relatives must wait elsewhere in the hospital until treatment is over; it is envisaged that this new space will be of huge benefit to patients needing support during chemotherapy.
Simon Pearson, Head of Fundraising, Dorset County Hospital Charity, expressed gratitude for the generous donation from the Battens Charitable Trust in support of the appeal. “Thanks to their support we have moved one step closer to achieving our aim of building a world-class cancer unit at Dorset County Hospital.”
Battens’ Charitable Trust was set up in 1985 to support local initiatives, charities and other worthy causes. Contributions are made by Battens Solicitors and by legacies left by Battens’ clients who wish to retain flexibility in the money they leave to charity, or who simply want to benefit local causes but are uncertain which ones to donate to. The Trust has donated more than £500,000 to good causes in just over 20 years – a phenomenal achievement.
“We are delighted to have been able to donate £1,000 to the Cancer Appeal,” Ray Edwards, a director at Battens Solicitors and a Trustee of its Charitable Trust. “Our thanks go out to everyone who has supported our Charitable Trust. It has become greatly respected for its community focus over the years, but without the generosity of the people who donate to it, we would not be able to help fantastic causes like this Cancer Appeal.”