A campaign to build a new £670,000 cancer unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital is more than two-thirds of the way towards its fundraising target.
Campaigners have now collected more than £470,000 towards the cost of a new state-of-the-art facility as they aim to reach their grand total before a deadline of April next year.
Simon Gibson, a trustee with the Parent’s Association of Children with Tumours and Leukaemia – PACT – charity that is helping raise the cash, said getting to the 70 per cent mark was a ‘real boost’.
He said the campaign has benefited from two charitable organisations –with £50,000 being donated by the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation and a further £30,000 grant coming from the Garfield Weston Foundation
Mr Gibson said: “The appeal end date is April 2017 but we are looking to outperform that as much as we can so we can start work on the clinic as soon as possible.”
Plans have already been drawn up for the new oncology and haematology unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital, which would help local youngsters with cancer and blood diseases.
The new department at Sheffield Children’s Hospital will include three times the current floorspace available to the department.
There will be five times the treatment space of the current clinic, along with a large family room for inpatients and day care patients, and space for PACT staff, social workers and clinicians.
A PACT spokesman said: “The facility has been designed based on input from clinicians, social workers, the PACT team, and other parents and patients and will have everything families need for their medical and emotional care.
“The layout has also been designed so that parents with emotional news don’t have to go past other patients and parents after counselling or clinical review, giving families time to collect their thoughts.
“That’s the hard part – designing a facility that really meets the needs of patients and families.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and a huge amount of expertise has gone into the design.”
The clinic will be next to Ward M3 and will have all the existing clinic facilities as well as a new treatment suite and improved waiting area for the families.
*To donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pactappeal
Alternatively, you can text PACT66 and the amount to 70070 – e.g. PACT66 £5.00
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