Thanks to the help of dedicated supporters, major donors and the goodwill of the public, the minimum £8.5million fundraising target needed for the pioneering new RUH Cancer Centre has been reached.
The Cancer Care Campaign was launched five years ago in response to the hospital’s Fit for the Future redevelopment opportunity to transform Cancer care for its patients and their families.
Though its good news, fundraising efforts will continue. Tim Hobbs, Head of Fundraising 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 eighty 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 cost c£27m to build and construction is due to commence in 2019, once the new RNHRD and Therapies Centre is in place.
James Scott, Chief Executive, Royal United Hospitals, Bath 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. Therefore, 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.”