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Right Arrow Charities pledge 1m to Southport cancer centre
28 September 2011 at 09:59
Two charities have pledged £1m towards refurbishing and extending a cancer treatment centre for patients in north Sefton and West Lancashire.

The Marina Dalglish Appeal and West Lancashire Community Hospice Association are giving £500,000 each towards the £1.3m project at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

The refurbishment will see the centre, known locally as the medical day unit, significantly expanded to 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.

“We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this project, particularly as it is for the community where Kenny and I live,” said Marina Dalglish.

“I was astonished by how many people use the unit when I visited. I know patients, as well as the very impressive staff who care for them, will benefit immensely from the significantly expanded facilities these donations will make possible.”

Community hospice association chairman Fred McClenaghan said: “We welcome this initiative and are delighted to contribute on behalf of West Lancashire folk. Our charity was established to support non-inpatient care and this development compliments our funding of ‘Queenscourt Hospice At Home’ as it is delivered in West Lancashire."

Demand for chemotherapy treatments has grown by up to 15% a year since the medical day unit was last refurbished in 2005. This has been driven by people living longer lives and a growth in new treatments for cancer.

Sister Julie Marshall, who has day-to-day responsibility for the medical day unit, said: “These donations are complemented by nearly £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.

“Investment in the unit also means we can continue to treat more people locally rather than them facing long journeys to specialist centres outside the local area.”

Sir Ron Watson CBE, the Trust chairman, added: “These fantastically generous donations will be of huge benefit to patients and families who depend on the skill and care of our staff to treat their cancer.”

Work will start on the new centre in spring and is expected to be complete by Christmas. Patients will continue to be treated within the Trust during this period and will be advised of changes to appointment venues in the New Year.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

Pictures show artist’s impressions of the planned extension and refurbishment.

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. Since 1 April 2011, it is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

2. Marina Dalglish was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2003. She and husband, Kenny, set up the Marina Dalglish Appeal in response to the support she received from health professionals during her treatment: “Without their skill, dedication, encouragement, professionalism, sense of humour, love and support, I could not have come through my cancer journey.”

3. West Lancashire Community Hospice Association is a local charity which seeks to support patients who are not in inpatient care. Through its shops and donations more than £1million has been collected in West Lancashire for our cause. Apart from the project above, the Queenscourt Hospice At Home service in West Lancashire is fully paid for by the association.