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Cumberland grant leaves Rosemere sitting pretty

Kevin presents Rosemere’s Cathy with funding for an easy chair for the new ‘end of life suite’ at Barrow’s Furness General Hospital
Kevin presents Rosemere’s Cathy with funding for an easy chair for the new ‘end of life suite’ at Barrow’s Furness General Hospital

[A] £350 grant has been awarded to Rosemere Cancer Foundation by Cumberland Building Society, which is to be spent on an easy chair that will sit within the new ‘end of life’ suite due to open shortly at Furness General Hospital.

In presenting the money from its Community Fund to Rosemere’s Corporate Fundraising Manager Cathy Skidmore, Kevin Pybis, Manager of the building society’s Ulverston and Barrow branches, said: “Our Community Fund supports charities throughout Cumbria, North Lancashire and Dumfriesshire.

“We are pleased to extend this support to Rosemere, which is funding the ‘end of life’ suite’s creation. We believe the suite will help make an unbearably sad situation that little more bearable for families and any degree of comfort we can bring at that time through the purchase of this chair is a very worthwhile cause.”

The ‘end of life’ suite is a private home-from-home suite on Ward Nine, the hospital’s inpatient oncology and haematology ward. It is where cancer patients and those closest to them can share precious final hours together. Designed for comfort, it has been created from a meeting room at a cost £47,500, which is being met by Rosemere. An official opening is being planned for next spring but when it becomes operational later this autumn, it is expected to be in daily use.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation spends the donations it receives on vital equipment, research and training that cannot be funded by the NHS as it works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to local cancer patients throughout South Cumbria and Lancashire via their local hospitals and the region’s three specialist treatment centres. These specialist centres are the Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, which provides all local radiotherapy treatment, Blackpool Victoria Hospital for blood cancers and the Royal Blackburn for liver cancers.

The charity also funds those things that can make the cancer journey a little more comfortable such as free access to complementary therapies for all
newly diagnosed patients. For further information, visit its website at

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