(Picture – Tenovus volunteers at a recent event)
Tenovus Cancer Care, Wales’ leading cancer charity, will build the world’s biggest mobile chemotherapy unit for cancer patients in Wales after it received funding from Welsh Government, Walk the Walk Worldwide and the Fairwood Trust.
The charity has received £500,000 from Walk the Walk Worldwide, £172,000 from Welsh Government, and £75,000 from the Fairwood Trust to fund the build and initial running costs as part of its ‘Closer to Home’ Appeal, which aims to raise £1 million for a new Mobile Support Unit.
Tenovus Cancer Care currently has two Mobile Support Units that deliver treatment to cancer patients in communities across Wales, cutting down the cost and time it takes to travel to hospital.
The charity’s third Unit will be over 60% bigger than its first, making it the largest mobile chemotherapy unit in the world. There will be space for seven patients to receive treatment at a time, and during its lifetime the Unit could deliver over 125,000 treatments.
Vaughan Gething, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services said:
“We are proud to work closely with our third sector partner, Tenovus Cancer Care, to deliver this new and larger mobile chemotherapy unit.
“This will help more people affected by cancer to access treatment in the community; reducing their travel times and any anxiety that can be involved in attending large, busy hospitals.
Sam Warburton, Welsh international rugby player and Tenovus Cancer Care Patron, said:
“The Tenovus Cancer Care Mobile Support Units offer cancer patients more than lifesaving treatment; they are a haven where patients can get the support they need without the stress and expense of going to hospital.
“I’ve seen first-hand the difference the Mobile Support Units make to cancer patients and their loved ones. They’re so spacious, user friendly, convenient and comfortable. It’s a completely different feel to hospital and I can totally understand how patients find this a much better way of receiving treatment.”
Claudia McVie, Tenovus Cancer Care chief executive, said:
“Currently, cancer patients in Wales can travel up to 150 miles for treatment. Every round trip to hospital can cost nearly £70 and if someone relies on public transport, these journeys can take hours.
“Our Mobile Support Units cut journey times to hospital, making receiving treatment less stressful and less expensive for cancer patients. Nothing can make having chemotherapy easy, but our Units cut down on the amount of time patients have to spend getting to hospital and give them more time to spend with the people they love.”
Those visiting the new Mobile Support Unit will also benefit from a complete package of cancer treatment, support and care. Patients will receive advice on diet, exercise and managing stress, and how wellbeing plays a part in how well people respond to treatment, recover and whether cancer recurs.
More information on Tenovus Cancer Care’s Closer to Home Appeal can be found at tenovuscancercare.org.uk/closertohome