Leukaemia Appeal Fund (Dudley)

Supporting the Georgina Unit, Russells Hall Hospital
Dudley, West Midlands

Who We Are

The Leukaemia Unit appeal fund for the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley became a registered charity in February 1989, but fundraising had been taking place prior to this date since the opening of Russells Hall Hospital in 1984, when the need for a unit was identified.

The Georgina Unit was opened in April 1998 with an official opening by Ian Botham MBE in June of that year. Ian Botham and the late Earl of Dudley are the two Patrons of the Fund.

Since the commencement of fund raising the fund has supplied on-suite facilities for ward C26 where the patients were originally cared for, then the Unit which cost one and a half million pounds. An extension to the unit by 4 beds, and now refurbishment of the isolation unit which is costing the fund 150,000. Fundraising supports patient comfort by the purchasing of televisions,  DVD players, chairs, beds, mugs, kettles, fridges and glasses. The DVD library is also kept updated.

The Leukaemia fund has also purchased four holiday homes to allow patients to have holidays when their treatment allows. The holiday homes are in Evesham, Welshpool and Brean in Somerset.

Although the Funds original aim was to build a Leukaemia Unit at Russells Hall Hospital, it soon became apparent that other cancer suffers would benefit from the facilities the Georgina Unit could supply. The Unit therefore caters for all cancer suffers from breast cancer to lung cancer etc. The team  have developed a Unit that enables people affected by cancer, that is patients, families and carers, to receive this care in an environment which is comfortable, relaxed and friendly.

 

Roslyne Bratt-Wyton

Retired Clinical Nurse Specialist and Trustee.
Contact Pauline Jenkins on tel:07727134358