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Awesome effort raises funds for cancer unit

A TV, microwave and new fans will be donated to Poole Hospital’s specialist cancer treatment centre after a community fundraising effort raised £2,000.  

Patients at the Dorset Cancer Centre, at Poole Hospital, will benefit from a 32 inch TV and a subscription to eight magazines for the waiting area plus four new fans and a new microwave for the unit.

The funds will also pay for heat blankets and heat pads that help keep patients on the day care unit comfortable during treatment.

Meanwhile, Wareham Community Hospital’s chemotherapy unit, a satellite unit of the Dorset Cancer Centre, will receive a fan, heat blankets and heat pads as well.

All the items have been chosen by patients and will help improve comfort and the overall experience when receiving treatment.

A cheque for the items was presented on Tuesday (9 January) by representatives from Poole Gig Rowing Club and Wareham Wednesdays, a fundraising group which hosts family events in the town every Wednesday each August. Community fundraising effort raises £2,000 to improve patient experience on cancer unit

The two organisations held a joint fundraising event last summer when the rowing club ‘invaded’ a Wareham Wednesday event dressed as pirates aboard a cruise operated by Greenslade Pleasure Boats, who provided the charter of one of their boats at a discounted rate.   

The boat travelled down the River Frome from Poole to Wareham, throwing water balloons and squirting passers-by with water cannons. The public was charged £16 to go on the boat and more than 80 people came aboard with money also raised from a raffle, a bar and donation buckets. Poole Gig Rowing Club raised £1,200 and Wareham Wednesdays added £800.

Suzanne Neville, a chemotherapy support worker in the Dorset Cancer Centre and member of the rowing club, helped organise the event.

“So many people are affected by cancer and the club, which has raised money for Poole Hospital in the past, wanted to do a bit more,” said Suzanne.

“On behalf of all the staff at Dorset Cancer Centre I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the people that have supported a great fundraising event for a great cause.”

“We want to make a patient’s experience as comfortable as possible - we’re now going to help every year and we’ll try and raise even more money next time,” said Nicky Morgan, secretary at Wareham Wednesday.

Moira Rickman, a patient receiving chemotherapy at the Dorset Cancer Centre, said that patients will benefit from the generosity. “I think it’s a lovely idea that some of the patients have been asked what they want and I agree with their ideas entirely,” she said.

“The heated blankets and patches are especially good and the new fans are quieter and better than what we had before.”

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