16 December 2015
Hospital staff, Macmillan representatives and local supporters celebrate the appeal's latest milestone
A fundraising campaign to build a state-of-the-art new cancer centre at Huntingdon's Hinchingbrooke Hospital has reached £100,000 – thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the local community.
Due to open next year, the new Macmillan Woodlands Centre
will bring together outpatient oncology services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital and significantly increase capacity. It will also alleviate cramped conditions for staff and provide patients with a pleasant environment that allows them the dignity and privacy they deserve.
Over the past two years, £1.2m was raised through the fundraising efforts of staff, patients, the general public and the Trust, and in February this year, Hinchingbrooke Hospital joined forces with Macmillan Cancer Support to launch an appeal to raise a further £1.2m for the centre.
Lynda Hall, Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer and Palliative Care
at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, said, “This is a fantastic milestone for the appeal, and we wouldn’t have got here without the incredible support of the local community.
“Every year, more than 850 people in Huntingdon and the surrounding area are told they have cancer, and I recognised six years ago that we were fast running out of space in the centre. We’re so looking forward to a more spacious, pleasant environment for both patients and staff.”
Jessica Levin, Cambridgeshire Fundraising Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, also expressed her delight at the appeal’s progress:
“The outpouring of support we’ve had has been heart-warming. We’ve had local businesses signing up to pledge £1,000, groups doing sponsored walks and people putting on dinner dances.
“While we’ve achieved a great deal already, we still have a long way to go. We’re urging people to keep digging deep so that we can provide the state-of-the-art future that staff and patients truly deserve.”
Anne Stacey, 72, from Huntingdon, was diagnosed with breast cancer in the summer of 2009. Anne received treatment at the Woodlands Centre and knows firsthand the impact the new centre will have:
“People will be able to be treated locally and not have to go all the way to Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge. I think having a proper information centre will be wonderful as well. I just want to see things made as easy as possible for other patients.”
Despite the exceptional care she experienced from staff, Anne could tell conditions were far from ideal and welcomes the improvements the new centre will bring:
“The staff never really showed the pressure they were under until you got to know them well, which I did. All the time they were bending over backwards to make you feel welcome, but the staff were run off their feet. They really deserve this new centre.”