The Northampton Hospital Charitable Fund (NHCF) is getting involved in a number of events to raise £350,000 needed to refurbish its chemotherapy treatment suite.
Today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday), staff members at Marks & Spencer, in Abington Street, Northampton, will be cycling on stationary bikes in the store and putting donation cans at each till in a bid to raise £2,500 for the appeal.
To raise extra cash, the chemotherapy department is also giving out hundreds of “penny pots”, hand-decorated by girls in 103rd Rainbows & 72nd Brownies for families to take home and gradually fill with loose change.
But as well as asking for help from the public, staff at the hospital are not afraid to get their hands dirty to raise money.
They will be taking part in the London to Brighton bike ride on September 7 and a skydive on October 5.
Staff will also be inviting the public to a family fun day at the Obelisk Centre on September 14 and a through-the-decades disco at the Cripps Recreation Centre on September 27.
For details, visit www.nghgreenheart.co.uk. To make a donation or to find fundraising ideas, visit www.justgiving.com/ngh
Plans already under way for the chemotherapy suite include the development of four rooms, both for staff and patients, to make the department run more efficiently and improve the atmosphere for patients. Community fund-raiser for NHCF, Alison McCulloch, said: “We want to make it more inspirational for patients because a positive frame of mind is so important medically. We are not increasing space or changing treatments, we are trying to make better use of the space we have and staff time.”