Brighter Futures named as new Mayor's chosen charity

Posted: May 16, 2016

Mayor of Swindon backs Trust charity

The new Mayor of Swindon has named Brighter Futures as his chosen charity of the year ahead of his appointment on Friday 20 May.
 
The new Mayor Eric Shaw has chosen Brighter Futures, along with Dressability, the Swindon clothing and alteration service for people with disabilities, as his charities for 2016/17.
 
He said: "Hundreds of Swindon patients are having to make an average of 40 journeys to Oxford or Bath to receive the radiotherapy treatment they so urgently need. Each journey they make is a 70-mile round trip, so the time, cost and stress experienced by patients and their families is enormous.
 
"I would encourage everyone to do what they can to raise the £2.9 million needed to help bring radiotherapy to Swindon. I am proud to be supporting Brighter Futures during my Mayoral year."
 
Jennifer Green, Head of Fundraising for Brighter Futures, said: "We're delighted that Swindon's Mayor has chosen Brighter Futures as his charity of the year.

"We've already raised £690,000 towards the £2.9 million we need to pay for the equipment for a new Radiotherapy Unit and we now need more local people, businesses and organisations to get behind our Appeal.

"Around 700 local cancer patients a year face the 70-mile round trip to Oxford each day for radiotherapy treatment, which usually lasts for four to seven weeks. Bringing cancer care closer to home will make a massive difference to so many local families.
 
"Contact Brighter Futures on 01793 605631 or visit the website www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk to find out how you can show your support."
 
The new service will be provided by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's (OUH) Cancer Centre, which is based at the Churchill Hospital and is where local patients currently go for treatment.
 
While the OUH will build, staff and run the satellite service at the Great Western Hospital, Brighter Futures is fundraising to provide the equipment needed to deliver the radiotherapy treatment. 

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