At Adjacency we are passionate about supporting local charities and initiatives that will improve our region or support groups and causes that require assistance. Our team share this passion and through our CSR programme we have organised charitable events and other fundraising actitivies for our chosen charities.
For 2017 we are delighted to be partnering Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity and in particular, their Oncology charitable fund, FOCUS.
What is FOCUS?
FOCUS is the name for the charitable fund which benefits local cancer patients receiving treatment at the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre, providing specialist equipment, extra care and improvements to facilities over and above that provided by the NHS.
The fund is part of Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity, which raises funds to make a real difference for patients, their families and the staff who treat them and work at Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals as well as the Stroud Maternity Unit.
Why do they need extra funds?
Cancer care and treatment is constantly advancing, bringing with it demand for advanced technical equipment and improvements in patient care and support. The many fundraising activities undertaken by our supporters enable us to continue to offer the advanced technology and home comforts which are so important to anyone living with a diagnosis of cancer.
Who benefits from their work?
The Gloucestershire Oncology Centre is located on the Cheltenham General Hospital site and provides comprehensive cancer services for a catchment population of just over 1 million people living in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, South Worcestershire and parts of Shropshire & Powys. Clinics are held also in Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester, Lydney, Cirencester, Tewkesbury, Stroud and Berkeley.
Recent examples of equipment funded
- Special reclining chairs which give comfort to patients receiving chemotherapy treatment TENS machines and mobile syringe drivers for pain relief
- Equipment which enables home treatment for people suffering from Lymphoedema, a condition common among cancer patients. The equipment reduces swelling through fluid build up.
- A bladder scanner which enables our radiotherapy team to increase the accuracy and consistency of treatment and improves patient comfort.
- A portable, hands-free vascular imaging device called a Veinsite, which helps our staff to locate patient veins for treatment, which often becomes difficult during chemotherapy.
The local community have a strong history of supporting the local hospitals, with donations and gifts in wills funding new facilities and equipment for over 200 years. In 2015 they launched a new brand for the Charity to help us raise awareness of their work so that they can make an even greater impact on the lives of those who can benefit from their support.
How can people get involved?
There are many ways to get involved and support Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity:
- By making a donation in support of their work, either online or with one of their donation forms found across both hospital sites. As a registered charity they are able to claim Gift Aid on donations too.
- Taking part in one of their events, such as October’s family friendly Walk for Wards which takes place in the beautiful setting of Cirencester Park.
- Creating a personal fundraising challenge – from cake bakes to half marathons there are many ways to join in! They are registered with Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving to make fundraising as easy as possible.
- The vital support they receive from those who choose to remember Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity in their will enables the hospitals to purchase equipment and improve facilities which would otherwise not be possible.
- Volunteering for the charity can help us to raise awareness and vital funds for our work, and gives volunteers the opportunity to join our welcoming team.
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