The Cancer Centre Campaign was launched in 2014 to raise £3.25m to build a new Chemotherapy Suite and Wellness Centre at Colchester General Hospital. These new areas, alongside the £25m Radiotherapy Centre which was opened by Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, (the Trust) in 2014, will create a Cancer Centre fit for the 21st century for people in Colchester and Tendring who are facing cancer.
The Campaign has now reached a key milestone thanks to a generous £1m gift from a local supporter and there is now less than 10% left to raise. The Trust is so confident in the Campaign’s ability to raise the final amount that it has agreed to start construction in the Spring of 2018 with completion due in 2019, hence the name of the Club. Coincidently, 2019 is also the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of Essex County Hospital – an earlier philanthropic appeal led by local citizens to improve the health and well-being of residents of Colchester and the surrounding area.
To celebrate this decision and continue the tradition of support for health care by the community, the campaign has launched the 2019 Club to attract philanthropic and far-sighted individuals who are able to donate or pledge to raise £2019 or more before March 2019.The campaign has asked local businessman Paul Milsom who is a passionate supporter of the Cancer Centre to become its Patron. Paul said “I think local businesses need to do more to support our hospital. It’s a resource that we may all be in need of eventually and it is crying out for help.”
We are now asking the business community to join Paul to support the Campaign by becoming a member of the 2019 Club. Many businesses will benefit from the region’s rising population but by the same token this puts extra pressure on the Hospital and particularly on services such as chemotherapy. Every business has customers, staff and suppliers as well as family and friends who may need to use the services of the Cancer Centre and we all want people close to us to receive the best care in the best possible environment.
These gifts will transform the care of cancer patients by increasing the number of patients it is possible to treat, creating a comfortable and inspiring environment, improving access to support, advice and information and providing a more efficient working environment for staff.
The 2019 Club will last until the end of 2019 during which time we want to provide a direct and personal link with the Campaign to our members through a programme of exclusive events.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
If you would like to join the Cancer Centre Campaign’s 2019 Club please complete the membership form and send it to 2019 Club, Colchester Hospitals Charity, Villa 8, Turner Road, Colchester, CO4 5JL
Welcome to the 2019 Club
“We are planning to hold a number of interesting and informative events which will only be available to members of the 2019 Club.” Peter Wilson Chairman, Cancer Centre Campaign