The Ark Cancer Centre charity has received a huge boost to their campaign to raise £5 million thanks to Greenham Common Trust which has agreed to match donations up to £500,000.
The matched funding from the Trust means that each £1 raised will be matched with another £1. For example, a £50 donation will be worth £100. As an added bonus the charity will receive an extra 25% of the donation (subject to eligibility) from the Gift Aid scheme.
The cancer charity needs to raise £5 million towards a state of the art cancer treatment centre to be built in North Hampshire. The centre will offer radiotherapy, chemotherapy, support services and complementary therapies in one unique building. The aim is to greatly enhance the care received by patients and their families throughout their cancer treatment journey leading to improved outcomes allowing people to maintain the best quality of life, thrive and recover.
Merv Rees, Medical Director of the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "I am absolutely delighted to have the support of Greenham Common Trust. Its endorsement and donor support should encourage everyone to support our project at such an exciting time in its development. We know that Hampshire and West Berkshire deserve the best cancer centre and we are determined to deliver a unique building with an excellent service for all cancer patients in the local area."
The boost to the charity with the match funding scheme from the Trust will enable the charity to reach its first million pounds. With the public's support and enthusiasm for the project growing, the people of Hampshire and West Berkshire can look forward to a cancer centre that will offer the latest technology in an enhanced architectural environment.
In the UK more than 1 in 3 people develop some form of cancer in their lifetime. For females the cancer type with the highest lifetime risk is breast cancer followed by lung and bowel cancer. For males the type with the highest lifetime risk is prostate cancer, again followed by lung and bowel cancer. A holistic approach to cancer care allows people living with cancer and their families to be kept informed and fit and able to manage all aspects of their disease as well as possible.
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