We are delighted to be involved with Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction and Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Ball.
The Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is proud to be alongside The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and West Suffolk Hospital, benefiting from these magnificent fund-raising initiatives.
Sir Bobby was a great supporter of the hospital and gave his personal backing to fundraising in our oral surgery department.
More and more people are in need of cancer care at the hospital. For this reason we need to develop more facilities at the centre called The Woolverstone Wing particularly to deliver chemotherapy. This year an exciting development programme will get underway to bring brighter, more spacious treatment areas and a new drug preparation area.
We would like to use the money raised by the Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Online Auction and the Suffolk Ball to help us create an even better centre which has the privacy and dignity of every person at its heart. The new drug preparation area will have all the specialist equipment needed to prepare latest treatments and always have them on hand for patients.
The cost of building the extension to the centre will be met by the NHS with fantastic support from a hospital staff and patient charity called The Woolverstone Wish.
Cheryl Thayer works as an administration coordinator in the department and also chairs the Woolverstone Wish Committee. She said: “We have big issues with capacity. We have simply outgrown the unit. Patients are living longer than they used to and coming back for third and fourth lines of chemotherapy treatment. That’s fantastic but we want our patients and their visitors to be treated with the utmost privacy and without such limitations on space.”
Six years ago, breast cancer patient Claire Blair was given two weeks to live. But spirited Claire, a mum to three girls aged 4, 6 and 8, has lived to tell the tale and see the success of the Woolverstone Wish appeal. She said:
“More and more people are being diagnosed with cancer and with more treatments available, people like me are surviving. That is of course fantastic but it has a knock-on effect on space in the unit. I won’t say a bad word about this hospital though. The hospital saved my life and I’d have my treatment in the car park if I had to”.