December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A campaign to raise £600,000 for a new cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will today be given fresh impetus - as a new pledge to support the fundraising efforts is launched.
The Lord Bishop of Norwich is backing the Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal (TRA) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by hosting an event today where senior figures will add their names to a pledge backing the drive.
Those who will sign the pledge today include the Lord Bishop, the Right Reverend Graham James; Philip Blanchflower, chairman of Big C; Daniel Williams, chief executive of Big C; Simon Bailey, temporary chief constable of Norfolk; Noel Warner, chairman of Norfolk and Waveney Prostate Cancer Support Group, Grand Mason Stuart Rushmer and Wendy Adams, vice chairman Board of Trustees from the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institutes.
The Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk Richard Jewson and the Right Reverend Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia have also signed the pledge, while the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News are also backing the campaign.
At today’s event in the Bishop’s House, those signing the pledge will be joined by Martin Bell OBE, broadcaster and former MP, who is also supporting the campaign in his role as patron of the Norfolk and Waveney Cancer Support Group.
The Right Reverend Graham James, Lord Bishop of Norwich, says: “I am pleased to endorse the appeal which will have such significant benefit for local cancer patients. By bringing together public figures I hope we will encourage others to raise money for the appeal and to get the message out to a wider audience.”
Daniel Williams, chief executive of Big C says: “Big C is very pleased to have pledged £50k towards this appeal. As Norfolk’s cancer charity we are very pleased to be supporting the development of new specialist treatment and expertise which will improves lives for local people.”
Mr Bell is also holding an ‘Evening with Martin Bell’ in aid of the appeal on November 21 at OPEN, the venue at Bank Plain in Norwich.
The Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal aims to raise £600,000 to provide state-of-the-art facilities at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for people undergoing internal radiotherapy, known as brachytherapy which is used to treat prostate and other cancers, reducing treatment times and meaning some patients can be treated closer to home.
For more information, go to: http://www.justgiving.com/NNUH-TargetedRadiotherapyAppeal