Gardeners raise £1,572 for cancer centre

Ten greenfingered fundraisers have raised £1,572 for the refurbishment and extension of a cancer centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

Members of Birkdale Village Gardens presented a cheque for the money to Sister Julie Marshall, who has day-to-day responsibility for the centre which serves patients across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

The donation was a share of the money raised for nursing charities during five garden open days held over three days in the summer. The events were part of the National Garden Scheme.

The refurbishment sees the cancer centre, known locally as the medical day unit, significantly expanded in size internally as well as adding a semi-circular lounge extension. There is now a light, airy treatment space for patients, some of whom require up to eight hours of chemotherapy at a time. There are also new consulting rooms and a more comfortable waiting area for patients.

The Marina Dalglish Appeal and West Lancashire Community Hospice Association each gave £500,000 towards the project. Numerous other organisations and individuals have also generously supported the work which is expected to cost in the region of £1.3m.

Sister Marshall said: “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 are expected to return to the refurbished unit early in November.

Picture above shows Sister Julie Marshall with gardeners Sandie and Keith Birks, Jennifer and John Mawdsley, Jenny and John Smith, and Margaret and Geoff Fletcher. Pam and Richard James were unable to attend.


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