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Friends of Savernake Hospital grants spread right through the community

A Hope for Tomorrow mobile chemotherapy unitA Hope for Tomorrow mobile chemotherapy unitThe Friends of Savernake Hospital & the Community have made a grant of £6,000 for Hope For Tomorrow which runs mobile chemotherapy units.  The grant will help provide a new nurse support vehicle to work with the units.

Hope For Tomorrow is a cancer charity dedicated to bringing cancer treatment closer to patients’ homes.  Their mobile chemotherapy units (MCUs), which visit Savernake Hospital, reduce the patients' travel and waiting times for cancer treatment.

The nurse support vehicles are essential to the smooth operation of the MCUs, allowing nurses to travel independently of the units, bringing vital drugs and maximising the number of treatments they can deliver during their shifts.

Artist's impression of the new Julia's House hospice in DevizesArtist's impression of the new Julia's House hospice in DevizesThe Friends have also approved a grant of £10,000 to Julia’s House to help with  construction costs of their new Devizes children’s hospice (left).  This will bring the much-admired Julia's House support for seriously ill children and their families into the area for the first time.

A grant of £750 has been given to the Kennet Valley Driving Group which gives opportunities for those with disabilities, including blindness, spinal injuries, Hodgkin disease and cerebral palsy, to enjoy the outdoor pleasures of carriage driving.  This money will go towards the costs of transporting disabled members and volunteers to the Group's headquarters.  

Cotswold House, the specialist eating disorder unit at Savernake Hospital, have won a Friends' grant to buy garden furniture for its outdoor courtyard. 

Marlborough's Jubilee Centre gets a grant for repairs to its oven - an oven that is a vital in providing the day centre's nourishing lunches for the elderly, many of whom are socially isolated.

Finally, the Friends supported the Queen’s Birthday celebrations on Savernake Hospital's Ailesbury Ward on June 11, which had been arranged by the Ailesbury Ward nurses with assistance from the Savernake Hospital catering staff.  

Friends’ Chairman, Janet Louth, who attended the festivities with other Friends volunteers and trustees, was full of praise for the staff for putting together a festive event which was clearly enjoyed by patients, families and staff alike.

The Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community is a charity set up to support individuals and organisations involved in healthcare both at Savernake Hospital and in the wider community.  It aims to enhance the quality of life of those affected by ill health and or disability, and supports their care and wellbeing.

To apply for a healthcare-related grant, learn more about the Friends or become a member or volunteer - visit their website.

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