Friday 16th December 2016
This year our Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk will be collecting for the Dorset County Hospital Cancer Appeal after each performance.
Over the summer we supported the appeal with collections during our summer panto Pirates of the Pavilion and raised a fantastic £1031.17 over the run! We're thrilled to be working with DCH again to help raise money for such a great cause this festive season.
On Wednesday our fabulous cast dropped in to Dorset County Hospital to meet the Charity team and to see where the new radiotherapy unit that the charity is supporting will be built.
Writer/Director and star of the panto Lee Redwood said, “We were asked if the pantomime could do something for the cancer appeal and we were happy to help. We plan to take a collection at the end of each performance are sure that our audiences will be happy to support such an important local project.”
The two radiotherapy machines and the bunkers that will house them are being funded by Poole Hospital and a generous legacy. The charity’s appeal will fund a new outpatients department on top of the radiotherapy unit which will serve all cancer patients at the hospital. The appeal will also pay for improvements in the existing chemotherapy unit so that friends and family can sit with patients having chemotherapy.
The Cancer Appeal total currently stands at just over £700,000 thanks to recent fundraising events and a Christmas Challenge at the hospital. We hope to help raise that total even more this Christmas with the generous support of Weymouth's panto audience.
Charity staff say that there will be further announcement soon regarding recent donations. The target is £1.75 million which needs to be raised by the end of March 2018.
For more information about the Cancer Appeal or about other projects being supported by Dorset County Hospital Charity visit www.dchft.nhs.uk/charity.