The Leukaemia Unit Appeal Fund will be supporting the Georgina Unit this year by paying the salary of a Cancer Nurse. This will enable the Dudley Group of Hospitals to introduce an Acute Oncology Service for Cancer patients. This service allows the hospital to implement national cancer guidance. In addition it will endeavour to reduce the waiting times for cancer tests and for cancer patients who run into problems due to their disease or cancer treatment.
The charity has also this year purchased an Ipad with mobile broadband to allow patients who are hospitalised for some time to keep in touch with family and friends via the social network.
The charity continues to run four Holiday Homes for patients undergoing treatment and bereaved relatives. The holiday homes consist of a caravan at the seaside in Somerset, two chalets on lakes at Evesham, and a purpose built log cabin in mid-Wales.
The charity also continues to support the education of staff by funding university courses and conferences.
The charity has been fundraising for 27 years and originally paid for the building and equipping of the Georgina Unit, and has since, paid for two extensions and refurbishments.
The charity supports patients and their families by funding such things as weddings in the unit, a Disney holiday for a terminally ill patient and his young family, football tickets and many other ways to add real value at times when it is needed most.