Milton Keynes Hospital Charity has launched a £2.5 million fundraising appeal for a new cancer centre – and is calling for everyone in the community to get involved.
The Appeal launched at a special event in Intu Shopping Centre in the city centre on Thursday June 7, which was attended by Cllr Martin Petchey Mayor of Milton Keynes, Professor Ruth Farwell High Sherriff of Buckinghamshire and Iain Stewart MP.
The event was also attended by patients, hospital staff, local companies and community groups.
The new cancer centre will mean that the hospital can better support each and every cancer patient. It will be a purpose-built, dedicated space offering treatment, information and support services to anyone affected by cancer, in a more spacious, comfortable and welcoming environment.
Simon Lloyd, Chairman of Milton Keynes University Hospital says: ‘This is an important and exciting development for the people of Milton Keynes. Crucially it will bring all cancer care currently provided by the hospital under one roof.
‘This is a vital development for the city and I’d urge everyone to get behind our fundraising campaign to support this.’
Last year in Milton Keynes more than 4,000 people were given the devastating news that they had cancer. Among those who have received treatment is Susan Ollier. She is supporting the new fundraising campaign.
‘It will be so good when all cancer services are under one roof at the hospital,’ she says. ‘I think it will really reduce the amount of stress patients and carers face.’
Trevor Hutson also welcomes the news of the new Cancer Centre. When he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx, he had to be transferred to Northampton for 10 weeks, causing additional stress to his family at a very difficult time.
‘Having cancer services in one place at Milton Keynes University Hospital is going to be an absolute boon for the people of the town and surrounding areas,’ says Trevor.
To fundraise, donate or volunteer you can call 01908 996220 or click here.