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KatCanDo Frimley Appeal For Cancer Patients  Charity Reg. No: 1106566

01/01/2018

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PRESS INFORMATION

29th January 2018






Hospice Grateful That KatCanDo!

Caption: Hilary Clark and Kendra Cardy from KatCanDo present a cheque for £3,945 to Phyllis Tuckwell’s Ward Manager Caroline Rogers, Health Care Assistant Gail Andrews, and Clinical Administrator Kerry Tuttle.

Local Hospice Care charity Phyllis Tuckwell has recently received a donation from long-term supporters KatCanDo, who gave £3,945 to pay for a new blood fridge for the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit.


KatCanDo is a local charity that raises money for facilities and equipment to support local cancer patients. Its supporters organise a calendar of fundraising events throughout the year - including barn dances, fashion shows, quiz nights and bridge afternoons – and use the money raised to help local organisations purchase equipment and provide services which are not always funded by the NHS, for the benefit of cancer patients in SW Surrey and NE Hampshire, in hospitals, hospices and in the community.


Since it was formed in 2004, KatCanDo has donated over £30,000 to Phyllis Tuckwell, enabling the charity to buy equipment including two syringe drivers, four new beds, a Cough Assist device and a hoist for Day Hospice, which is used to help patients who cannot stand up, to move from their wheelchair to a chair, for example. This latest donation has enabled Phyllis Tuckwell to buy a new blood fridge which is used to store blood needed for transfusions, so that it can be accessed immediately when it is needed. Without it, staff at the Hospice would need to use a courier service to bring blood over to the Hospice from Frimley Park Hospital, every time a patient needed a transfusion.


On Wednesday 24th January, Caroline Rogers, Ward Manager on the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit, welcomed to the Hospice Kendra Cardy, Hilary Clark and Paula Buck from KatCanDo, when they came to see the blood fridge which their donation had funded.


“It’s good to know that the money we have donated has made a real difference to Phyllis Tuckwell patients,” said Kendra, whose friend Kate died on the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit in 2006. “We set up KatCanDo in Kate’s memory, and since then we have raised over £300,000 to purchase equipment for hospices, hospitals and nursing services in Hampshire and Surrey.”


“We would like to thank Kendra, Hilary, Paula and all of those who supported KatCanDo in raising this money,” said Caroline Rogers. “It is very important for us to have blood here at the Hospice, ready for us to use when a patient needs it. To have it couriered from Frimley Park Hospital each time would be both costly and time-consuming. Having it here is so much better for our patients.”


Phyllis Tuckwell cares for patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness such as cancer, in West Surrey and North East Hampshire. It supports over 250 patients, relatives and carers every day, but as the NHS/Government only covers 20% of its costs, it has to raise over £20,000 a day to do this, and relies heavily on the support of the local community.


If you would like to find out more about supporting Phyllis Tuckwell, please visit www.pth.org.uk, email fundraising@pth.org.uk or call 01252 729446.


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Notes for Editors:


For press enquiries and alternative pictures contact: Jen Barnes at Phyllis Tuckwell on 01252 729433 or email jen.barnes@pth.org.uk




About Phyllis Tuckwell


Phyllis Tuckwell provides supportive and end of life care for adult patients and families living with an advanced or terminal illness (such as cancer, heart, lung or neurological disease) in West Surrey and North East Hampshire, an area of 550,000 residents.


Every day we support over 250 patients, relatives and carers in their own homes, in the community, at the Hospice in Farnham and at the Beacon Centre in Guildford, through a mix of medical and nursing care, therapies, counselling, social work advice and practical support.


The NHS/Government only covers 20% of our costs, which means we have to raise over £20,000 a day to be able to offer all our services, free of charge, to our patients and their families. We therefore rely heavily on the support and generosity of our local community.