JAGUAR Land Rover has made a donation of £5,000 for a proposed new cancer unit for Solihull Hospital.
The money has been granted to support Solihull Hospital Charity’s appeal for funding to build the new 31 patient chair facility.
The project will see the empty Bruce Burns Unit at the Lode Lane site transformed into a new facility specifically designed to meet the needs of chemotherapy patients.
Costing £2.2million the unit will have 24 patient chairs, rising to 31 within the next three years.
The unit, which will form an extension of the existing Ward 19 Cancer Centre at Heartlands Hospital.
The donation from JLR has helped Solihull Hospital Charity towards their overall goal of raising £150,000.
Sharon Gray, secretary of the Jaguar Land Rover Solihull Charity Committee said: “It’s a lovely part of my job when I can tell people we’re making a donation to their cause.
“Helping towards the Chemotherapy Day Unit at Solihull Hospital is a great way for us to support our community as so many of us are touched by cancer.
“Over the last two years I am proud to say that at a plant level we’ve donated nearly £20,000 to the hospital charity for a variety of fundraising projects. Across our workforce there is always the desire to help local organisations, especially the local hospitals”.
Justine Davy, head of fundraising at the hospital charity thanked everyone at the Lode Lane plant and said: “This is a fantastic show of support from all of the people at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull. Huge thanks go to everyone at the plant, especially those from the Charity Committee who decided to donate such a generous amount of money to support this project.
“The Chemotherapy Day Unit at Solihull Hospital will provide a great service to low risk patients from across the region who are being treated for cancer. Not only will this day unit be convenient for those who use it, but it will take the strain off Ward 19 at Heartlands Hospital.
“Generous donations such as that from Jaguar Land Rover Solihull will enable the hospital charity to support the Chemotherapy Day Unit and I would greatly encourage any other local business or community group to support the Charity’s appeal.”
For more information visit www.heft.org.uk/cancercentre or go to www.solihullhospital.org.uk or call 0121 371 4852.