A fund-raising appeal to raise £350,000 towards a new chemotherapy unit at Northampton General Hospital (NGH) is more than halfway towards meeting its target.
People from around the county have come together over the last months to organise events to raise funds and more are in the pipeline.
They have now reached a total of £175,000 since the appeal was launched less than a year ago.
An impressive £1,001 was raised by the Chilanka Keralites Association’s Kerala Festival, which was an extravaganza of dance, music and food held at NGH’s Cripps Recreation Centre.
Formed in May 2005, the association’s vision of “moulding young minds to create professionals and to engage in constant act of charity” has seen them donate substantial amounts of money to charities in both Northampton and their home province of Kerala, southern India.
The 102nd Northampton Brownies, from Duston, took a creative approach and decorated penny pots to take home to fill with small change over several weeks.
They then counted the money themselves – helping them to work towards their “maths” badge – and achieved a total of £230.
Year 11 students, Charlie Kerr, Chelsea Bird Slater and Faye O’Farrell, at Daventry University Technical College, raised another £127 with a “Colours for Chemo” day, when pupils paid £1 to swap their daily uniforms for clothes in their favourite colours.
As well as providing a newly-sectioned chemotherapy treatment room, the money will also go towards a fully-equipped room for nurses to prepare treatments, a utility room to store ‘cool caps’ that can be worn during treatment to reduce hair loss, and an office for doctors and pharmacists to write prescriptions on site.
Even more funds are set to come in from county breast cancer charity, Crazy Hats, which has pledged to raise £30,000 for the new suite with their 13th annual sponsored walk on Sunday, March 22, at Wicksteed Park in Kettering.
Anyone interested in getting involved can find out more at www.crazyhatsbreastcancerappeal.co.uk or by contacting 01933 442999 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org