Chemo total grows thanks to ELF

Dale Edwards (CEO of Exeter Leukaemia Fund) presents a cheque for 50,000 to Charlotte Overney (lead

Dale Edwards (CEO of Exeter Leukaemia Fund) presents a cheque for 50,000 to Charlotte Overney (lead nurse for cancer services), Mary Bragg (chemotherapy unit manager), Sharon Bates (directorate general manager) and Julie Whitton (fundraising officer). - Credit: Archant

Exeter charity pledges £50,000 to the appeal.

EXETER Leukaemia Fund has pledged £50,000 towards the North Devon Chemotherapy Appeal.

The money from the charity will be used specifically to fund one of the four dedicated haematology consulting rooms.

It is also working with the hospital to look at funding specialist haematology equipment for the new building.

The charity’s work with North Devon haematology patients has developed through support and facilities provided by ELF at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and its new Community Support Programme.

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In the last three months it has seen increasing numbers of North Devon patients benefiting from the charity’s transport service and relatives’ accommodation in Exeter.

“For ELF to be able to offer funding for one of the dedicated haematology consulting rooms for the new unit is fantastic,” said Dale Edwards, ELF chief executive.

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“This timely and significant pledge to support the new unit is a natural progression of the charity’s relationship with those affected with leukaemia and other blood conditions in the area.”

Sharon Bates, directorate general manager for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, added: “We are very grateful to ELF for their contribution towards the haematology area of our new chemotherapy and day treatment unit at NDDH.

“We need to raise £2.2million for the unit and this donation of £50,000 takes us even closer to achieving that target.”

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