A Bath charity is celebrating after raising £8.5m towards a “pioneering” new cancer centre in the city which aims to “change the shape of cancer patients’ futures”.
The Forever Friends Appeal – the fundraising charity for the Royal United Hospitals (RUH) Bath – launched its Cancer Care Campaign five-years ago and has now reached the minimum fundraising target needed.
The money has been raised through public support and major donations.
The campaign aims to raise a total of £27m for the state-of-the-art RUH Cancer Centre which will focus on “an individualised and holistic approach” to the treatment of cancer patients.
A charity spokesperson said: “We are building what we believe will be the best cancer centre for a district general hospital in the UK. Construction is due to commence in 2019, once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre is in place.”
Tim Hobbs, head of fundraising at The Forever Friends Appeal, said: “Whilst we are taking time to celebrate this significant milestone, we are continuing the Cancer Care Campaign.
“Many of our donors are very much encouraging us to sustain the campaign into 2018 to maximise our fundraising efforts for the new centre to ensure it is truly special in its design, facilities and equipment.
“I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our supporters for their fundraising efforts and contributions towards the new RUH Cancer Centre.
“Fundraising in the fight against cancer never stops, therefore we will continuing to support this amazing project to achieve the very best care, treatment and quality of environment for our patients.”
The current RUH Oncology buildings were built in the 1940s to house injured service personnel.
Nearly 80-years on, these buildings are still in use, “obstructing” rather than creating an environment that can actively support the healing process.
The new cancer centre will house a number of cancer services including radiotherapy, an oncology ward, chemotherapy, and a day care unit.
It will also include a well-being and information support hub which will be a dedicated area to provide support to cancer patients receiving treatment across the RUH site.
RUH chief executive James Scott said: “Giving patients who are living with cancer the best, most effective treatment and opportunities for surviving this disease is what this campaign is all about.
“Fundraising £8.5m is an incredible amount and I would like to thank everyone who has made a contribution so far, your support is greatly valued.
“The new cancer centre will offer a highly beneficial healing environment, enabling our staff to provide clinically excellent care in an environment that is nurturing and therapeutic.
“With your help continuing to fundraise for the Cancer Care Campaign we can create an exceptional world class cancer centre.”