We’re marking World Cancer Day by taking a look at the impact that UCLH Charity funds UCLH Cancer Fund and Haematology Cancer Care (HCC) have on people treated for cancer at UCLH, and the staff that look after them.
Haematology Cancer Care (HCC) supports the UCLH blood diseases (haematology) service. In its 25 year history, HCC has raised over £7million. UCLH Cancer Fund supports staff development, research and patient care projects over and above what the NHS can provide.
You can help our funds do more by clicking the donate button at the bottom of this page.
A great example of how HCC can make a big difference is the provision of the simply yummy snack service. Fundraising manager Sara says: “Often patients can lose their appetite when they undergo treatment and find that their ability to eat and maintain their weight is a challenge. We’ve teamed up with dietitians and volunteers to provide a snack trolley to provide a range of snacks in between hospital meal times.
Feedback from the clinical teams and from patients has been really positive”.
"What you’re doing makes such a difference. It's a small gesture but means a lot. It breaks up their day and it’s something to look forward to."
“This made my day!’
Both funds support staff so that they provide the best possible care. Here, staff explain the difference charity funded development has made.
"My MSc in Clinical Leadership looks at improving the patient experience and making our service as efficient as possible. I'm now feeling much more confident about how I deliver my role – it’s helped me look at things in a different way. I also really appreciate how people donate to our unit and our education - thank you HCC for making this possible!"
Michaela Plucinski, Lymphoma clinical nurse specialist
"It was a privilege to enrol in an academic module through HCC sponsorship and this has already been a gateway for career opportunities at UCLH. HCC does amazing things for the staff, patients and the haematology service and they bring the haematology community together! I hope to inspire my fellow nurses by getting involved in HCC’s fundraising so they can continue to accomplish great things."
Amy Colada, sister, ambulatory care
"Haematology is a specialist area that requires advanced specialist knowledge. Our department relies on HCC to fund university courses and ongoing nursing development, amongst many other things. 38 nurses have gone on courses this current academic year, and 28 the year before, made possible by HCC."
Gavin Cooper, senior clinical practice facilitator
"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."
Sairanne Wickers, consultant breast radiographer