North Devon charity boosted by support from Barnstaple fast-food chain.
Barnstaple’s McDonald’s restaurants have pledged their support to a charity helping to bring a smile to local cancer patients.
Meal vouchers are the latest addition to ChemoHero’s ‘boxes of kindness’ given to new patients at the Seymour Unit at North Devon District Hospital when they come for their first treatment.
Around 300 boxes have been given out to new patients since the charity was founded by 35-year-old Fremington mum-of-one Lisa Wallis in 2014.
The boxes contain all sorts of useful and luxury items and treats donated by businesses, including family passes to The Milky Way; jars of specially-branded honey from Quince Honey Farm; water bottles from Ilfracombe Food Service; and hats and socks from Saltrock.
The charity has also been helped by Boden Group Facilities, which has found the charity storage space at a unit in Roundswell, Barnstaple.
And last month, local bus service operator Stagecoach unveiled a specially-designed double-decker bus sporting ChemoHero livery.
Mcdonald’s franchisee holders David and Julie Hunt said they wanted to support ChemoHero and help bring some cheer to cancer patients and their families.
“This is such a wonderful charity and we wanted to embrace it,” said Julie.
“It is a truly frightening experience to be told you have cancer and these boxes lift people’s spirits a little.”
Lisa, who set up the charity while fighting her own cancer battle, said the response from local businesses has been ‘amazing’.
“We couldn’t do any of this without them,” added Lisa, who through the charity is also delivering apresents to chemotherapy unit patients, their families and staff every day throughout December,
“Both times I was diagnosed with cancer was at the beginning of December, and when you’re told you have cancer, you don’t celebrate Christmas, you just do Christmas.
“We have a fantastic unit but everyone there is ill; there is a lot of sadness there but little things like this help lift the spirits there a little.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has supported ChemoHero this year; it’s been a great year for the charity and we’re really excited about what’s in store heading into 2018.”
To find out more about ChemoHero, visit chemohero.com.