Brighter Futures’ Radiotherapy Appeal has been given another boost after reaching the long-awaited halfway mark.

The charity is saying a huge thank you to all its fundraisers, supporters and volunteers for raising more than £1.5 million of the £2.9 million needed to fund specialist equipment for a new radiotherapy unit at the Great Western Hospital.

New Head of Fundraising Catherine Newman, who joined Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this week, said: “I’m really excited to be joining Brighter Futures at this very significant milestone for the Radiotherapy Appeal.

“The level of support the public has given to this appeal so far has been amazing and I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us get to the halfway stage.

“Every penny you raise will help us bring cancer treatment closer to the people of Swindon and Wiltshire, so please don’t stop now and help us to reach our £2.9 million target!”

The new state-of-the-art radiotherapy unit will be built on the Great Western Hospital site and run by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Cancer patients in Swindon and Wiltshire currently face weeks of daily visits to and from the nearest radiotherapy centre in Oxford for treatment.

The appeal has received a wealth of support from local businesses and organisations such as the Swindon Advertiser, Rotary Clubs, Stratton Sainsbury’s and Swindon Will Writing, among many others.

Find out how you can help the Radiotherapy Appeal at