Hospital staff raise more than £1,100 to benefit patients

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Staff from the haematology and oncology day unit who helped raise more than £1,100 for the Blue Skies Hospitals Fund

Kind-hearted staff and patients at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have raised more than £1,100 to benefit local cancer patients.

The money was raised through a raffle organised by Healthcare Assistant Martin Gillan who was supported with donations from a number of local businesses.

Martin, who works on the haematology and oncology day unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, said: “We raised £1,147 in the end which will be donated to the Trust’s charity Blue Skies Hospitals Fund for the benefit of our patients.

He said: “I’m really grateful to everyone who donated a prize and everyone who bought a ticket. We are all thrilled with the amount of money we raised.

“We want to make the patients as comfortable as possible while they are undergoing their treatment and this money will help us provide things that will make the time they spend here as nice as possible.

“I am going to ask the patients for their ideas about how we can make their stay that bit nicer and use the money for things they suggest.’’

Head of Fundraising and Voluntary Services, Caroline Scholz, said: “The haematology and oncology day unit worked really hard to collect some excellent raffle prizes so it’s no surprise that they managed to raise such a fantastic amount of money.

“It is another demonstration of the hard work and dedication shown by our staff not only in organising the raffle but also in supporting it and ensuring that Blue Skies can continually enhance the care our patients receive.’’

If  you would like more information about how you could to make a donation to Blue Skies Hospitals Fund to support patients locally please contact Rebecca Ferguson, Deputy Head of Fundraising, on 01253 957903 or email

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