The Jersey Cancer Trust (JCT) has donated £2,500 to the Wessex Cancer Trust for the care of Jersey cancer patients being treated in Southampton.
Colin Burgess Chairman for the Jersey Cancer Trust said “hundreds of islanders each year have to travel to Southampton for cancer treatment with many staying in Jurys Inn for weeks at a time while receiving treatment at the Southampton General Hospital. Wessex Cancer Trust has been helping to take care of Jersey patients for many years while they are away from home. Wessex provides the free daisy link transport service to and from hospital and confidential counselling and complementary therapies for patients and their families during their stay in Southampton. In addition, Wessex provides the Jersey Hospital with patient information folders and treatment record cards that every patient receiving chemotherapy uses throughout their treatment and is invaluable”
JCT current fund raising appeal is for the refurbishment of the Oncology unit at the Jersey General Hospital and during 2012 raised nearly £40,000 for this appeal.
“we are delighted with the fundraising efforts during 2012 which has been a very challenging year for all Jersey charities however, we are grateful for the help and support of so many people whose efforts have helped us to make this donation to Wessex. I am confident that 2013 will be a success and the team have got some great events planned for the year. Our target is to more than double the amount raised this year for our hospital.” said Mr. Burgess.
The refurbishment of the Jersey Oncology unit will mean that more patients can be treated in Jersey and that while being treated, will be made much more comfortable than in the current unit, it will also create a better working environment for the hospital team.
Sally Hall, Chef Executive for Wessex Cancer Trust was in the island last week meeting with the Jersey team and the fund raisers, during her visit Colin Burgess presented a cheque for £2,500. Sally said “We are, as ever, very grateful for the continued support from the Jersey Cancer Trust which is much needed to help benefit cancer patients and their families. Since as many as one in three families are affected by cancer this support is very important and much appreciated. We will of course continue to work closely with the Jersey Cancer Trust team to ensure we can make a significant contribution to the refurbishment of the Jersey unit later this year and would like to thank everyone that has contributed to the success of the Jersey Cancer Trust”