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UCLH Cancer Fund

The UCLH Cancer Fund supports staff and patients by funding projects and items above and beyond what the NHS can provide.

Our vision is to make a difference to all people with cancer at UCLH by funding projects, medical equipment and education, to enhance the experience for patients, visitors and staff.   By making a donation to this Fund, you are not only supporting UCLH patients and staff but helping us to remain one of the leading cancer specialist hospitals in north London.

Helping our colleagues at the Support and Information Service

The Cancer Fund has financially contributed to the running of the Support and Information Service on the ground floor of the Macmillan Cancer Centre over the last five years. The Service provides emotional support, information and practical advice - from welfare and benefit advice to complementary therapy for people with cancer here at UCLH.

Vikky Riley, clinical nurse specialist for the service, said: "Giving people the space and time to process, reflect and begin to make sense of what they are experiencing with support from our team, empowers people to recognise their own strengths and resilience so they can face the challenges ahead. Thank you for supporting us."

Funding education for UCLH Staff

We have helped to finance Sairanne Wickers' PhD to help make a difference to breast cancer care and research at UCLH. One of the UK’s first consultant breast radiographers, Sairanne has worked at UCLH for 17 years looking after people with breast cancer. She is also the lead for research and development into breast radiotherapy here at UCLH. Her PhD, coupled with the research opportunities that proton beam therapy (the latest form of radiotherapy, coming to UCLH in 2020) potentially offers, could help improve treatment for breast cancer.  Sairanne said, ‘I’m really grateful for the funding I received from the Cancer Fund for my PHD. It has enabled me to conduct research in breast cancer radiotherapy, aiming to improve treatment techniques and reduce side effects’

Working with local community groups to make positive change

We are incredibly lucky to have the support from The Honourable Fraternity of Lady Freemasons, which has enabled us to purchase four chemotherapy chairs for the Teenage and Young Adult unit in the Cancer Centre. Ward Sister, Laura Brown, said: “We chose these chairs as we wanted to create a more homely, comfortable, quiet area on the unit where patients receiving chemotherapy for a longer period of time could receive their treatment.

Supporter story - Stuart

Stuart was inspired to take on the challenge of running this year’s London Marathon on behalf of the UCLH Cancer Fund.  As a non-runner (having not run further than 5km before 2019) he wanted to take on this challenge to raise funds for UCLH after his girlfriend, Kat, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer in 2017. The marathon had particular appeal for Stuart given Kat was a keen runner before the diagnosis and her treatment has left her unable to run and requiring a walking aid. Following Kat’s treatment Stuart really wanted to give something back to the hospital and UCLH Cancer Fund which did so much for her.  As Stuart says:

“Kat was so brilliantly looked after by the UCLH team and the added extras, made possible by the UCLH Cancer Fund, really did make the treatment so much more bearable for Kat and all of us who walked through the doors of the UCLH Macmillan Centre with her.  The UCLH Cancer Fund really does put the patient front and centre of all they do and do everything they can to make what is fundamentally an uncertain and worrying time that much easier.”  

We wish Stuart the best of luck for the postponed marathon and encourage our friends and supporters to donate via his Justgiving page here.

Get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you!

Give us a call on:                          0203 447 9527

Drop us an e-mail on:                   uclh.enquiry.cancerfund@nhs.net

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