Take a #TheTimeIsNow selfie to support Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal

Posted: June 17, 2015

Take a #TheTimeIsNow selfie to support Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is urging people to join band Right Said Fred and TV personality Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen in posting a #TheTimeIsNow selfie on Twitter or Facebook to support Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal.

Scores of local people have already posed with a clock or watch and uploaded their photograph to Twitter or Facebook to back the £2.9 million appeal, which would help bring vital cancer treatment to Swindon's Great Western Hospital (GWH).

Presently about 700 GWH cancer patients each year have to travel the 70-mile round-trip to Oxford's Churchill Hospital daily for up to five weeks to receive often life-saving radiotherapy.

Brighter Futures, Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's charity, is fundraising for specialist equipment which will deliver the radiotherapy at a new Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust (OUH) facility based at GWH.

Wiltshire #TheTimeIsNow selfie-takers already include the Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Andrew Bennett; the team at Wiltshire-based Barnes Coaches and Richard Deacon from Deacons Jewellers, Swindon.

#TheTimeIsNow photos have also appeared online from people as far away as Cyprus while Dr Dawn Harper from Channel 4 programme Embarrassing Bodies and former Swindon Town midfielder John Swift have also shown their support by posting on social media.

Jen Green, Brighter Futures' Head of Fundraising, said: "We have had a fantastic response to our #TheTimeIsNow social media campaign - people have posted really imaginative selfies and have got on-board to raise awareness of our radiotherapy appeal.

"We want to keep the appeal momentum going and I look forward to seeing all sorts of people getting involved to promote our appeal - the more the better."

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