About the Appeal
Right now there are around 130,000 people living with cancer in Wales. And every year 19,000 more will receive this devastating diagnosis.
We understand the unique challenges faced by people in Wales, like rurality, poor access to care and deprivation. So eight years ago we developed an innovative service that would help address those challenges and make cancer treatment fairer. We pioneered the very first mobile cancer treatment in Wales, one of the first services of its kind in the UK. Instead of asking patients to travel long distances for their treatment, we took the treatment to them.
Today we run two Mobile Support Units which deliver treatment in local communities. But demand is growing and we urgently needed to build a third Unit to expand the service.
That's why we launched our Closer to Home Appeal.
Eighteen months ago we appointed an Appeal Committee of ten influental Welsh business people. Lead by Brian Lakin of Sigma3 Kitchens, and with the support of our Appeal Patron Sam Warburton, they set about raising the £1 million pounds need for our new Unit.
This target would cover the cost of the design, development and build, the equipment needed for treatment, and initial delivery of the service over two years.
The Committee worked hard, spreading the word to their key contacts and partnering organisations. They held fundraising events and helped us attend key dates in the Welsh calendar like the National Eisteddfod and Royal Welsh Show, raising the profile of the Appeal. They pledged donations, and even helped shake buckets.
Alongside the Committee's hard work, we applied for funding from charitable trusts and foundations, and the Welsh Government.
By early 2018 we were thrilled to have reached our target and placed the order for our third, and largest Mobile Support Unit.
It's due to arrive later in 2018 and will then go to work, bringing chemotherapy Closer to Home.