Every little helps appeal at town’s Tesco supermarket

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A collection at Clitheroe’s Tesco supermarket held over two days raised £627-15 for Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s new Rosemere Burnley Chemotherapy Unit.

The appeal, which launched in September, is aiming to raise £100,000 towards a new, world class chemotherapy unit at Burnley General Hospital, which is a treatment centre frequently used by Ribble Valley cancer patients needing chemotherapy.

Plans for the state-of-the-art unit have been drawn up by East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Burnley General Hospital and is also contributing £100,000 to its costs. They are due to go out to tender shortly with a winter build and a spring opening scheduled.

Once its build is complete, the new chemotherapy unit will replace Burnley General Hospital’s current, much smaller chemotherapy suite, which although provides an excellent level of care, has no room to expand or for additional, updated facilities.

Around 4,000 chemotherapy treatments are now delivered annually at Burnley General Hospital, but this is a figure that is increasing year on year because of improving cancer care and an aging population and there was concern that the current suite was becoming too small to meet demand and that some patients would have to be referred to hospitals further away for their chemotherapy.

The new unit has also been designed specifically around patients’ needs to maximise comfort and ensure a treatment environment that is second to none, which according to documented medical research, can help improve patients’ response to treatment, bringing about better results.

Rosemere’s appeal is being led by its East Lancs fundraising co-ordinator Dan Hill. For further details and to support the appeal, telephone Dan on 01772 528346.