Donations in memory of Patricia give greater comfort to patients with cancer

24 Oct 2017

Patients at the Bodley Scott Chemotherapy Unit at St Bartholomew’s Hospital now have six new high-tech chemotherapy treatment chairs, thanks to generous donations in memory of former patient, Patricia.

Ian with the recognition plaque for his donation

Patricia spent long periods of time on the wards, sadly succumbing to the disease in 2012. Following her death, her son Ian decided to raise funds by organising a black-tie charity event at the Essex Golf and Country Club.

The event was a huge success, with over 100 guests and live music, comedians, and bubbles on arrival. Everyone dug deep to buy tickets, take part in the auction and fill up the collection boxes.

Not only that, but Ian also ran the Great North Run with colleague David – with their employers QBE generously matching their fundraising total.

Over both events, Ian and everyone involved raised over £20,000 – an incredible total, which was used to buy the new chemotherapy chairs for patients.

“Our chemotherapy patients often spend a very long time having their treatments, so being comfortable is vitally important,” said Holly Nuttall, General Manager.

“Everyone has been so happy with the new chairs, commenting how spacious and comfortable they are and the fact that they fully recline, offering patients the chance to relax as much as they possibly can.

“We cannot thank Ian enough for making this happen.”

Ian, along with Patricia’s former boss Helen and her husband Kevin, visited the ward to see the chairs in use.

“It was an absolute delight seeing the new chairs and the plaque in Mum’s memory,” said Ian. "It was just what we had hoped for when we were fundraising.”

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Ian – and everyone who donated and made this possible – for choosing to help patients in memory of Patricia.

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