Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal celebrates a £10,000 boost

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The Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal has received another £10,000 boost with a second donation from the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community.

The Friends charity, which is funded by donations and legacies from local people, has been awarding grants to healthcare projects at Savernake Hospital and in the Marlborough and Pewsey area since 1958.

The group made their first donation of £10,000 back in July 2015, just after Brighter Futures launched its appeal to raise £2.9 million to fund equipment for a new radiotherapy unit at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

A cheque for the second grant will be presented to Brighter Futures at the Friends’ Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 10 May.

Trudi Granger, Spokesperson for the Friends, said: “The Friends are delighted to continue to support the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal, which will be of such benefit to patients in our area.

“It will make such a difference to have radiotherapy available in Swindon, particularly at a time when patients want to be near to their families and friends.”

Jane Leighton, Trusts Fundraiser for Brighter Futures, said: “We are so grateful to the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community for their second generous grant towards our Radiotherapy Appeal.

“Each year almost 700 cancer patients from Swindon and north Wiltshire, including Marlborough and Pewsey, travel to Oxford for daily treatment. This gift will help patients to receive radiotherapy just down the road at Great Western Hospital instead of facing a difficult 70-mile journey to Oxford.”

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust to expand its radiotherapy service with a new facility at the GWH.

Find out more about how you can help the appeal at www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk

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