SPECIAL REPORT: Staff lead the way with Commando Challenge for £350,000 campaign for Northampton General Hospital

The current open-plan chemotherapy suite at NGH NNL-140907-124130001
The current open-plan chemotherapy suite at NGH NNL-140907-124130001

Generous groups, families and individuals across Northamptonshire have been holding events to help NHCF meet its £350,000 target for refurbishments to NGH’s chemotherapy suite.

The charity itself has already planned a number of events and are asking visitors to pick up hand-decorated “penny pots” to fill with loose coins and then return to the hospital. “Because,” said Mrs McCulloch, who spent hours decorating the jars herself, “not everyone who wants to donate is up for climbing mountains and cycling across countries.”

Other events being organised by staff from the chemotherapy department themselves include the Chemo Commandos event in September, when 25 staff members will take part in a challenging military level Rock Solid obstacle course in Milton Keynes. To give their training a boost and donate, visit: www.justgiving.com/teams/chemocommandos.

Also in September, health care assistant, Heather Snedker, is organising a much less demanding through-the-decades fancy dress disco. Tickets for the event cost £10 each and can be ordered by emailing Debbie Smith via debbie.smith@ngh.nhs.uk.

Local organisations and businesses have also been getting involved in different ways to offer their support.

Kicking off the appeal was a £33,000 donation raised by Lindsey Carmen who organised a “Big Wig” Ball earlier this year. The other half of the £66,000 total raised was given to Cancer Research.

Building company, 
Kendrick UK Construction Ltd, added to the total with a donation of £250, while 
No. 50 Cafe on Duston Main Road in Northampton 
added £60 on top of that by donating 50p from every drink sold for one whole day last week.

Principals and friends from Kingsthorpe’s Oncore Dance Academy are being sponsored to get down and dirty during a Muderella obstacle course at Boughton House in Kettering next month.

Also from Oncore, class assistant and pupil. Harriett, will be raising money for the appeal with a skydive later in the year and the academy have agreed to donate all raffle proceeds from their Street Dance Presentation Evening this weekend.

Following the positive effect of projects undertaken at the department, such as the treatment room funded by the Bigley family and the waiting room cafe set up and run by Northamptonshire charity, Crazy Hats Breast Cancer Appeal, NHCF are keen to meet the target that will see improvements made to the whole department.

If you would like to organise an event to support the appeal, contact the NHCF on Northampton 545091.