Staff at Northampton General Hospital aiming to raise £350,000 for new chemotherapy suite

Chemo Commandos prepare for Rock Solid challenge
Chemo Commandos prepare for Rock Solid challenge

Northampton General Hospital (NGH) has been moving on leaps and bounds in its efforts to raise money for its new chemotherapy suite, which will help improve the experience of patients receiving treatment in the hospital.

Staff from the department are taking part in a calendar of fundraising events throughout the year to raise the £350,000 needed for a refurbishment of their chemotherapy treatment room.

The money will also fund 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.

Lending some outside support for the course, a team of ‘dirty dancing’ mums from Oncore Dance Academy will be taking part in a Muderella obstacle course this Saturday (August 30) at Boughton House in Kettering.

The seven-mile women’s course tests strength and stamina with up to 15 tough obstacles, all to be completed while wading through wet mud. To support them, visit:

Volunteers are invited to join the NGH charity team’s London to Brighton cycle ride on Sunday, September 7, or their London to Paris cycle ride on April 22 - 26 2015, which will take riders through chic cities, rural villages and wartime landmarks.

Nine team members have already signed up for the 54-mile journey from the capital to Brighton’s famous seafront, but there is still space for more on both rides. Visit: to register; fees are £35 and the minimum sponsorship requirement is £100.

On September 20, 17 NGH staff members will transform into the Chemo Commandos as they take part in Silverstone’s Rock Solid event. This punishing challenge will see them climb 12ft high obstacles, jump into a lake, and throw themselves down a super-speed Hydroslide. The team have already raised £700 through the challenge, but are welcoming further donations.

Grant Thornton, the accountancy firm with a branch Brackmills, also announced the appeal as their charity partner of the year. The decision was made after a vote by more than 200 employees and means that the company will be holding their own charity events over the next 18 months to raise money for the new chemo suite.

For more information on getting involved in any events or making donations, contact the NGH charitable fund on Northampton 545091 or: