To all our Lily Pad Appeal supporters,
My very best wishes to each and every one of you. I hope that you are all in the best of health and managing through these challenging times.
Here at the Chartwell Cancer Trust we have been impacted significantly by the crisis. As you may know, all our fundraising activity for the Lily Pad Appeal has been suspended for the foreseeable future and we are working hard to develop alternative means of raising the funds we need to meet our target.
We have hugely appreciated your support over the past 18 months of the appeal and we hope you will stay with us on this journey.
We would like to share an update with you on the progress with the Oncology Unit.
Despite incredibly tough times for all teams and patients at Croydon University Hospital, the project is still on track and some important milestones have been met.
Work has started clearing and preparing the site – the asbestos has now been removed from the premises. The architects have also produced much improved plans and designs.
The internal project team are in place, procurement has begun and the lead contractor has been appointed. Their team will commence the first phase of construction at the end of May.
The project team are aiming for completion and handover in Spring next year.
We are also pleased to say that the next instalment of funds has been transferred over to the hospital. This is a great step which simply would not have been possible without your support and fundraising.
The unfolding COVID 19 crisis not only highlights the critical importance of the NHS in our society but also underlines the need for safe, state-of-the-art facilities for the most vulnerable, high-risk children in our communities.
I would like to re-iterate our gratitude on behalf of the Chartwell Cancer Trust and also the team at Croydon University Hospital.
Going forward, we will be keeping you up to date with the building progress and our fundraising plans.
With much love and gratitude,
Michael Douglas and the Fundraising Team.
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