Interserve Press Office | Dec 20, 2018
Company raises more than £6,300 for Dorset County Hospital
Interserve, the international support services and construction group, has delivered the Robert White cancer treatment centre for Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.
The new state-of-the-art cancer treatment centre was opened by Martin Clunes OBE in front of 200 guests including charity donors, staff, patient representatives and health officials watching as the actor revealed the commemoration stone.
The £9m centre is an extension of the Poole-based Dorset Cancer Centre. The Dorchester unit is equipped with the latest linear accelerator which enables patients to receive the best-possible radiotherapy treatment. This means that cancer patients in the north, south and west of the county can receive this care in their local hospital, instead of having to travel to Poole for treatment.
The facility also includes a £1.75m Cancer and Haematology Outpatients Department funded by the Cancer Appeal run by Dorset County Hospital Charity. This was supported by hundreds of donations from individuals, community groups as well as Trusts and Foundations.
This building has been funded in part by a legacy from Poole businessman Robert White, who was treated for cancer at the Dorset Cancer Centre, part of Poole Hospital, and sadly lost his battle in November 2015.
Martin Clunes said: “It was my privilege to be able to officially open the new Robert White Centre. The incredibly generous support from the community for the DCH Cancer Appeal, as well as Robert’s generosity, leaves a remarkable legacy for patients with cancer in Dorset.”
To celebrate the opening of the Robert White Centre, the site team from Interserve Construction presented Dorset County Hospital with a cheque for £5,000 following fundraising by the team working on the site.
Paul Gale, managing director of Interserve Construction in the south-west, said: “The new centre will significantly improve the care and treatment available to people locally as well as across Dorset.
“Whilst working on the project, our team was keen to support the hospital through various fundraising methods – and ten of our team cycled from Southampton to Paris for the hospital cancer appeal helping us raise more than £6,000 for the hospital to help further improve the lives of local people.”
Simon Pearson, Head of Fundraising, DCH Charity said: “We have received extraordinary support from across our community for the Cancer Appeal. This support will benefit cancer patients at Dorset County Hospital for years to come.”
The cancer outpatients’ unit is already in operation and the new radiotherapy unit is expected to open in early 2019. Overall, it is estimated that each year around 5,000 cancer patients and their families will benefit from the services in the centre.
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