STRATFORD Hospital’s £1million appeal has been given another boost following a £100,000 donation from the town trust.
Plans to build a cancer and an eye ward at the existing site on Arden Street were given the green light by Stratford District Council back in October.
Within six months of its launch, fund-raisers had already collected £100,000 towards the appeal – money which will help pay for features that do not come as standard in the £22million hospital.
And yesterday (Thursday) Stratford Town Trust chiefs announced they would pledge a further £100,000 to the appeal providing the overall total – which currently stands at £392,000 – reaches at least £500,000 in 2016.
The grant will be used to fund the Complementary Therapy Room in the cancer unit and the Children’s Waiting Area in the eye unit.
It is hoped the design of both these will help increase patient comfort and improve overall experience in the new hospital.
Alan Haigh, Chairman of Stratford Town Trust, said: “The new hospital will be of huge benefit to the community in Stratford.
“We are absolutely delighted to pledge £100,000 to the £1million appeal – money to support enhancements, which so often make all the difference to patients and their families.”
And Glen Burley, chief executive of South Warwickshire Foundation Trust, added: “The town trust does such great work for the people of Stratford so it’s great news they are supporting our appeal with such a large contribution.
“We now need everyone’s help to reach the £500,000 target so we can meet the criteria for their pledge.”
Last month we reported how The Rigby Foundation had agreed to give £250,000 to the appeal as well as a further £50,000 for each of the next five years for research and development.
The cash injection will help patients gain access to the newest cancer treatments available.
Bosses also hope the new facilities, which they say will reduce travel time for those living in south Warwickshire, can help the hospital become a centre of excellence for cancer treatment.
The new eye ward will be made up of an outpatient suite with examination, treatment and injection rooms while the cancer ward – modelled on Warwick Hospital’s Aylesford Unit – is set to include 12 treatment chairs and will be known as The Rigby Unit.
Building work on the car park began in December and the project is expected to take two years.
Meanwhile plans are in the pipeline for a host of fund-raising events in the coming months including a clay pigeon shoot at Alscot Estate on June 13, and the Homes and Garden show at Stratford Recreation Ground from July 16 to 19.
Visit www.stratfordhospital.co.uk for further information about the appeal.