Hungerford Freemasons have donated £1,000 to the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal to help give people better access to life-saving radiotherapy treatment at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) in Swindon. Every month, 284 people in Swindon and Wiltshire are given a diagnosis of cancer at GWH. The current lack of a radiotherapy service in Swindon and Wiltshire means that these cancer patients must make the journey to Oxford, Bath or Cheltenham to receive their treatment.
The money raised from the appeal will enable
a new radiotherapy satellite centre to be built at GWH in partnership with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Andrew Holmes, presenting the cheque on behalf of the Hungerford Lodge says, “The Lodge is very pleased to be involved in fundraising for the appeal. Whilst the Hungerford Lodge is in the masonic province of Berkshire, for many of our members the closest hospital is across the border in Wiltshire.”
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the Hungerford Lodge for their donation”, adds Chloe Thomas from Brighter Futures. “We have now raised £2,153,034 of the £2,900,000 needed to purchase key clinical equipment for the new radiotherapy unit, so we are well on our way to meeting our target.”
“At the moment around 700 patients a year make the 70 mile round-trip journey to the Churchill Hospital in Oxford for radiotherapy. Treatment usually lasts for a period of 4-7 weeks, made up of daily visits. This travelling just adds to the stress of fighting cancer.”
Gilbert Mills, chair of the Benevolent Association said “This is a once in a generation opportunity to make a huge difference to cancer treatment in Swindon and the local area. Freemasons have a long history of supporting developments such as this.”
Building of the new facility should start later this year.
Anyone wishing to donate to this appeal can use their Just Giving link.