Brighter Futures announces the successful completion of its Radiotherapy Appeal

Posted: December 11, 2018

Trust's charity has achieved its target to raise £2.9million for clinical radiotherapy equipment

Radiotherapy Appeal logo 200Brighter Futures, the charity for the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has successfully closed its Radiotherapy Appeal thanks to the continued generosity of the community and a final pledge from the Rotary Clubs of Swindon and surrounding area.

The Clubs not only kicked off the appeal with a donation of £120,000 but they have now closed the appeal with an International Global Grant of £175,000 plus an additional £38,000, that is an amazing one third of a million pounds to start, meet and close the £2.9 million target for the appeal this Christmas.

This is one of the biggest grants Rotary has ever pledged in the UK and Brighter Futures is honoured to have one of its appeals achieve such generous support. 

Brighter Futures launched its Radiotherapy Appeal in May 2015 and by Christmas 2016 it had reached the £1million mark and again at Christmas the following year the appeal reached the £2million mark.

Now in December 2018 Brighter Futures will be able to close its appeal thanks to generous donations from the local community and our Rotary Clubs. 

Over the past three and a half years thousands of local people across Swindon and the surrounding villages have come together to do some truly amazing things for the charity.

Supporters have jumped out of planes, cycled across the UK, driven to Cyprus and Mongolia, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, taken on the Great North and South runs and the London Marathon, with many more holding bingo nights, baking cakes, hosting tea parties and so much more.

Together they have been united in the fight against cancer, which has affected so many families in our local communities. 

Commenting on the appeal, Catherine Newman, Associate Director of Fundraising at Brighter Futures, said: "We're so thankful for all the hard work our local community and the Rotary Clubs of Swindon and surrounding area put in to raising this money.

The sad reality is that cancer affects one in three of the UK population and the number of incidents is predicted to rise by 16% over the next ten years.

This money will fund critically important equipment for a new radiotherapy unit that will support the 284 people who receive a cancer diagnosis every month at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

"We hope the success of this appeal shows people how important their continued support is, no matter how big or small. For those who have fundraising events planned later in the year or early next year for the Radiotherapy Appeal will have their donations go towards supporting the wider cancer services at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

"This important additional funding will help us to expand our Breast Centre in the early diagnosis of cancer, fund important clinical trials in detecting the spread of cancer and support our urology department.

This early diagnosis work will feed into the new radiotherapy services and create a holistic cancer services for our local communities."

Further information

Please see the Brighter Futures website: Radiotherapy Appeal (www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk/appeals/current-appeals/radiotherapy-appeal).

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