Friday, 22nd August 2014

Fund hits £3 million milestone

The Shrewsbury Chronicle’s Lingen Davies Cancer Centre Appeal has smashed through the £3 million mark – with just £200,000 left to go before its target is reached.

Fundraising manager Eryl Williams issued a huge thank you supporters of the appeal, and urged everyone to unite in one final push to hit the £3.2 million target. The cash will be used to build a dedicated cancer treatment centre at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

The news was unveiled during a meeting of the trustees on Monday. It is hoped the new purpose-built building – which will include an extension to the chemotherapy unit, an improved head and neck ward, and new facilities for haematology patients – will be completed by the end of 2012.

Eryl said: “We’re all delighted. It’s been a long time coming – we’d hoped to reach the £3 million mark last summer, but the recession knocked us back a bit so everybody is delighted we’ve reached it.

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to everybody who has got behind us and supported us. The support has been tremendous and people have really worked so hard. The challenge now is to get the other £200,000 in.”

She added: “A huge thank you goes to the Chronicle for all its hard work and continued support. We couldn’t have done it without the paper, and of course the readers.”

The Lingen Davies charity was launched in 1979 to fund a cobalt unit at the RSH, and over the years local people have helped a number of different appeals.

The current cancer centre fund was launched in 2004 and has around 4,000 volunteers and supporters across the county and Mid Wales, and last June the charity celebrated its 30th anniversary. The appeal aims to build a more comfortable and suitable environment for cancer patients. It will provide more room for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and other malignant blood disorders in the haematology department; improve facilities for patients with cancer of the face, throat or mouth in the head and neck unit; and provide extra space for patients in the chemotherapy day centre to cope with increased referrals, and to avoid long waiting lists.

Dr Barbara Marsh, chairman of the charity, said: “The trustees are delighted that we’ve reached this important milestone.”

By Charlotte Hester