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Appeals targets reached by grant applicant Brighter Futures

As previously reported, the Friends have supported Brighter Futures with grants both towards their Radiotherapy Appeal and, more recently, their Special Care Baby Unit Incubator Appeal.  As many readers will be aware, Brighter Futures is the charity supporting Great Western Hospital and community health services across Wiltshire.

On 6 December 2018, Brighter Futures reached their £2.9 million fundraising target for their Radiotherapy Appeal – and will be using the money to purchase key clinical equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit in Swindon.  More recently, the Secretary of State has approved the loan for the main construction project – which was the final major milestone in the charity’s efforts to provide radiotherapy services locally – therefore meaning that patients will no longer have to travel to and from Oxford daily for radiotherapy treatment.

In both 2015 and 2017, the Friends of Savernake Hospital and the Community provided maximum grants of £10,000 to Brighter Futures towards the Radiotherapy Appeal.  The Friends are delighted to hear of their success in reaching their fundraising target.

Brighter Futures has also recently announced that it has hit its £175,000 target to replace five of the 10 incubators in the Special Care Baby Unit at Great Western Hospital with new state-of-the-art incubators.  As reported by Brighter Futures, “These new machines will help deliver care that is over and above the existing NHS budget.  The new incubators will respond to the changing and complex demands of our little patients from delivery to discharge, creating a seamless healing micro environment”.

Brighter Futures is keeping the appeal open so that they might be in a position to help replace some of the remaining five incubators.

9 January 2019


2018 round up from the Friends – message from Chairman, Janet Louth

“It has been another busy year for the Friends – with the added responsibility of GDPR compliance.  So many of you, in replying to our “Please may we keep in touch?” GDPR mailout, responded with generous donations.  Thank you to you all.

As a small committee of trustees, we feel a great responsibility when we have to assess grant applications and decide which should be supported.  We endeavour to use Friends charity funds as prudently as possible – with a view not only to the present healthcare needs of the local community but to the longer term as well.


Thank you to the Friends volunteers for helping to run the hospital Shop and for taking the trolley shop up to patients on Ailesbury Ward each weekday.  The home-made raffle prizes provided by our knitters and bakers etc are always a great success, a wonderful fundraiser, and a delight to see.  Thank you also to my fellow trustees – and in particular trustee (and volunteer) Nelson who is stepping down from duties shortly.  He has been a steady and good-humoured team player and we shall be sorry to see him go.  We are fortunate that Keith Marshall will be re-joining the committee early next year.  However, we would, as always, welcome any newcomers who feel they might have the time to attend 4-5 daytime meetings during the year.

Wishing you a safe and happy Christmas and all the best for 2019.”

To read a complete copy of Janet’s newsletter, please click on the link: 2018 Christmas newsletter.

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