Specialist reclining chairs worth £11,120 and bought entirely with money raised by a Nuneaton-based charitable group are now in place on the oncology ward at George Eliot Hospital.
Patients on the Dorothea Ward at the hospital can now receive treatment in greater comfort thanks to the efforts of the Teresa Noon Trust and its group of dedicated friends, who have raised enough cash to buy 16 recliner chairs, which are now being used by patients on the wards.
The Teresa Noon Trust, in association with Q’s Karaoke, run by Bill and Sue Earp, have been regularly organising music nights and charitable events to help buy new equipment for the oncology department at the George Eliot since 2015, and altogether the dedicated group of fundraisers has fundraised over £30,000 to support the hospital.
“The patients can be sat having treatment for a number of hours or even all day, so it’s important they are able to do that in comfort,” said Dorothea Manager, Kay Fox.
One of the biggest windfalls came from the group’s charity night at the Saunders Club in Bedworth, which raised £1,248 alone.
The Trust was originally set up in memory of dedicated fundraiser Teresa Noon, who sadly passed away two years ago.
Teresa’s husband and ‘Have This’ vocalist Trevor said: “Teresa started fundraising back in 2015 when she was first diagnosed with cancer. All she wanted to do was raise money to make life a little less stressful for people receiving treatment. To date, we have also helped the unit purchase infusion pumps, and a portable ultra sound scanner.”
Bill Earp of Q’s Karaoke added: We just keep going – whatever they need for the ward we make that our next target. It gives us something to focus on but we’re doing this to help people.”
Kay Fox added: “The group has been fundraising for us for almost three years and they have got a big band of supporters. We would like to thank the Teresa Noon Trust, the volunteers and the local people who attended these nights out. Together they are helping to make a difference.”
The next big fundraiser will be on Saturday, September 15 at the Sanders Hall, Bedworth at 7pm.