Rotary’s £2,500 gift for refurbishing cancer centre

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Southport Rotary Club presented a cheque for £2,500 to support the extension and refurbishment of a cancer treatment centre for patients across north Sefton and West Lancashire.

Matron Joyce Jordan accepted the donation from Southport Rotary Club by John Minhinick, President of Rotary International Britain and Ireland, who was visiting Southport as one his first duties in office.

Chris Leather, President of Southport Rotary Club, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this important development and hope our donation will be the first of many from local Rotarians.”

They were later taken around the development site with other members of Rotary and their wives by Neil Aindow, the Trust capital services manager.

The refurbishment will see the centre, known as the medical day unit, significantly expanded in size internally as well as having a semi-circular lounge extension added. It will create a light, airy treatment space for patients, some of whom require up to eight hours of chemotherapy at a time. There will also be new consulting rooms and a more comfortable waiting area for patients.

The Marina Dalglish Appeal and West Lancashire Community Hospice Association have each given £500,000 towards the project.

Joyce Jordan, who has overall responsibility for the medical day unit, added: “Rotary’s and the charities’ donations complement more than £50,000 raised by the many fundraising events held by friends and families of patients, from legacies left by them and donations given in their memory.

“Developing the unit will mean we can continue to treat more people locally rather than them facing long journeys to specialist centres elsewhere.”

Currently, patients who attend clinics run by Clatterbridge Cancer Centre staff are seen in Ward B at Ormskirk hospital. Everyone else is treated in the former Ward 11a on the first floor at Southport hospital.

All patients will return to the refurbished unit when the work is complete towards the end of October.

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