Our chosen charity for 2018 is – The Rosemary Appeal.
Since the original launch of the Rosemary Appeal in 2016 the overall target of the project for the new Renal Dialysis and Cancer Care Units has increased from £4.5 million to just over £5.315 million. On completion these units will provide essential facilities for the local community, including day therapy, chemotherapy, renal dialysis, IV therapies and a CT scanner.
It is great news that there has been significant progress and the fit-outs of both Units are almost complete with just over £5.1 million being raised and they hope to reach the final target later this year.
I include below a photo taken from their website
Some examples on costs and how raising money helps:
- £45 pays for an aromatherapy session
- £150 covers the cost of a mobile IV drip stand pole
- £200 buys a blood pressure monitor
- £300 covers the cost of an infusion pump
- £700 buys a treatment couch
- £1,400 brings a Lymphoedema Compression Unit to the centre
- £14,000 buys a dialysis machine
A little bit of the history to the name: The Rosemary Appeal takes its title from Rosemary Rooke, who donated land to the Newbury and Thatcham Hospital building Trust (NTHBT) in her will. When the land was sold, the money was managed by NTHBT and used to build the new Community Hospital. To commemorate Rosemary’s dedication to the people of Newbury and West Berkshire and her support for the local Hospital, the Appeal has been named in her memory.
Upon the completion of the building, the Hospital will be known as the Rosemary Centre in recognition of Miss Rooke’s generosity.
As we make our donation via The Good Exchange, The Peter Baker Foundation and Greenham Trust matches and therefore doubles every pound we raise – thank you for your continued support.
In 2017 we also raised money for The Rosemary Appeal and were delighted to present a cheque for £700 to Dr Keith Endersby, a Trustee of The Rosemary Appeal at the AGM in November. This amount has also been matched with a donation by the Peter Baker Foundation thus raising £1400 in total. Thank you to everyone who has supported the society in 2017 and thereby helping to raise money for this excellent local cause.