The Sussex Cancer Fund charity was established in 1981 to work with the NHS to create new and improved facilities providing the best possible cancer care for Sussex. Since then, £3 million has been raised to make the Sussex Cancer Centre more attractive, comfortable and effective.
Unlike many charities, costs are exceptionally low with only a very small percentage spent on administration; almost all money donated to us can be spent directly to benefit our patients.
In recent years we have rebuilt and refurbished the Sussex Cancer Centre, providing improved equipment and facilities to help care for our patients. Sussex Cancer Fund also provides Sussex Hospitals with specialist equipment such as Chemotherapy chairs, scanners and other treatment essentials that unfortunately in the current climate the NHS does not have the resources to supply.
The charity’s most ambitious project is the Macmillan Horizon Centre which we have built in partnership with Macmillan. The long awaited Cancer Support Centre opened in November 2016 and is being used by our patients.
The Support Centre acts as a hub for information and support services across Sussex. The new building provides support for cancer patients and their families in a calm non clinical environment. It also provides cancer information and advice, counselling services, complementary therapies, hair and skincare advice, dietary advice and space for self help and support groups.
Our focus for the future is to help to fund local research projects. Currently, the Sussex Cancer Fund is supporting two research projects in conjunction with Brighton and Sussex Medical School. These are being undertaken by specialist registrars in Clinical Oncology who have taken two years out of their training to dedicate to research.
Unfortunately one in three of us in Sussex will develop cancer, which means that everyone through themselves or through a relative or friend will be ultimately affected by it, and anyone who receives oncology treatment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Princess Royal Hospital or the Eastbourne General Hospital Cancer Unit will benefit from something the charity has done or paid for. Since our patients come from all over Sussex, from Rye to Chichester and up to Crawley, it means that your help will directly benefit the many, many people who come through our doors.
Our charity pays for a range of services and equipment for our patients including day-to-day ‘extras’ that make a difficult and stressful experience a little more civilized, we provide a free car park specifically for cancer patients, complementary therapy, free vending machines providing hot fresh drinks for patients, newspapers, magazines and a DVD library for chemotherapy patients.
We also pay for equipment, from specialist gowns for breast cancer patients costing just £10 but which make a big difference to patients’ experiences, right through to medical equipment costing many thousands.