The Chartwell Cancer Trust supports cancer patients – adults and children – across the Bromley Borough, Lambeth, Southwark and beyond in South East London and Kent.
In 2005, our first fundraising was to cover the cost of an extra Health Care Assistant in the Chartwell Cancer & Leukaemia Unit in The Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Kent (The PRUH). We have since grown into a charity providing a range of support for NHS services not only in The PRUH, but the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, Croydon University Hospital, King’s College Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’ Hospital.
Our support at The PRUH includes funding for additional medical staff, capital projects, equipment and training specifically for the Chartwell Unit which have greatly benefited all cancer patients within the community that we serve.This has included fully funding the total refurbishment of the Treatment Suite within the Chartwell Unit and raised funds for a “Virtual Conferencing” facility for a cancer Multi-Disciplinary Meeting Room to host meetings where important decisions are made about the care and treatment of patients diagnosed with cancer.We were instrumental in succeeding to overturn the management decision to close the inpatient Unit, an achievement which we are extremely proud of.
The Chartwell Cancer Trust is fundraising £350,000 for the fit out and upgrade of the New Endoscopy Cancer Unit in The Princess Royal University Hospital. There are around 10,000 endoscopic procedures a year, 7 days a
week, 52 weeks a year.With the increase in demand for these services, the Unit is required to meet national standards but is unable to do so. The new upgrade will ensure and maintain the Unit’s vital role in providing diagnostic tests to diagnose Gastrointestinal, Bowel, Lung and Pancreatic cancers.
The Chartwell Cancer Trust fully funds local Childhood Cancer Support Groups for children undergoing treatment for cancer or leukaemia in our local and surrounding areas. This support network offers a lifeline to the child, their siblings and parents at a very difficult time in their lives. Regular monthly meet-ups and trips are organised to provide oncology families with the opportunity to make special memories, whilst having some “normal” time with other families in similar situations.
Providing modern improved facilities for young children with serious illnesses is a priority. The CCT’s Lily Pad Appeal is fundraising £750K for the refurbishment of the New Children’s Oncology Department within the New Integrated Paediatric Unit at Croydon University Hospital. The new integrated unit will accommodate all of the key services for very unwell children in modern surroundings with enhanced facilities for patients, parents and the hospital’s medical teams.