18 March 2016
***Funding will help revolutionize cancer care at Chesterfield Royal Hospital***
The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has announced it will donate £1.5 million towards the Macmillan Chesterfield Appeal. The money, equivalent to the NGS’ annual £500,000 donation to Macmillan for the next three years, will help to fund a state of the art cancer centre to be named ‘The NGS Macmillan Unit’ at Chesterfield Royal Hospital in Derbyshire. The new centre will help ensure that no one in Derbyshire has to face cancer alone and is due to open in December 2016.
The NGS has worked in partnership with Macmillan since 1985 and is the charity’s largest single donor. The donation announced at the Gardens to Visit book launch is the second time the NGS annual donation to Macmillan has been restricted to a Macmillan service appeal, and is equivalent to over half of the £2.5 million Macmillan has committed to raise towards the Chesterfield appeal.
The new state of the art new centre will provide all cancer services and treatment in one place, delivered by a team of specialists. A garden will also be created at the centre offering a calm and holistic space where patients and carers can spend time and reflect during cancer treatment and after care.
Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive at Macmillan Cancer Support said: “After more than 30 years of partnership with the NGS it is fantastic to see that our relationship continues to go from strength to strength. This is the second strategic Macmillan build that the NGS has significantly invested in, the first being the NGS Macmillan Wellbeing Centre at Bristol Hospital. The impact that their support will have on the local community in Chesterfield cannot be overestimated; quite simply, their donation has put us well on the way to ensuring that no one in Derbyshire faces cancer alone. We are immensely grateful.”
The NGS’ Chief Executive George Plumptre said: “The NGS was founded nearly 90 years ago to fund district nurses and has long supported the vital services provided by nursing and caring charities such as Macmillan. We are delighted to make such a significant contribution towards Macmillan’s latest fundraising appeal in Derbyshire. Providing such significant support for this project confirms to people the contribution that NGS makes to healthcare in this country as the most significant charitable funder of nursing. On behalf of all NGS garden owners I am extremely proud to put the NGS name to this project which will be testament to the partnership between our two charities and the benefits we bring to thousands of people.”
The NGS has given over £15.2 million to fund 147 Macmillan professional posts and service projects since the partnership first took root in 1985.
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About Macmillan Cancer Support
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About the NGS
• Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than £24 million to charity in the last ten years.
• The NGS gave £2.637 million in 2015 to the nursing and other caring charities from money raised by opening more than 3,800 private gardens in England and Wales.
• Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Parkinson’s UK, The Queen’s Nursing Institute and Perennial. In total the NGS has donated over £15 million to Macmillan Cancer Support
• In total the NGS has donated over £6.8 million to Marie Curie
Details of all gardens opening throughout the year for the National Gardens Scheme can be found on the NGS website: www.ngs.org.uk