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Every year Woolley & Wallis assigns their charity budget to an office to support local causes and this year is Shaftesbury’s turn. After much deliberation the Shaftesbury Office has chosen the charities Hope for Tomorrow and The Cedars and we will be carrying out a range of fundraising events throughout 2016.
Hope for Tomorrow provides Mobile Chemotherapy Units (MCU) that travel to communities to enable cancer patients to receive their NHS chemotherapy treatment closer to home. They aim to reduce the stresses and costs of travelling to and from hospital main oncology units for cancer patients and their carers as well as saving time so letting patients spend more time with their families and friends. Hope for Tomorrow currently has 9 MCUs in operation and 11 Nurses Support Vehicles. They are operated in partnership with highly trained NHS oncology teams. Each MCU can provide approximately 2000 treatments per year. Hope for Tomorrow’s vision is to provide an MCU to every county in the UK. North Dorset is visited by ‘Kayleigh’ a south Wiltshire unit based in Salisbury and her weekly visits currently include Shaftesbury and Gillingham. Woolley & Wallis will be focussing their fundraising efforts on keeping Kayleigh on the road. More information can be found on the website at www.hopefortomorrow.org.uk
Cedars Castle Hill grew from The Shaftesbury Community Association (SCA) which was founded in the 1980s. The SCA’s Trust Deed was too limited to allow it to provide residential care so created a sister charity named the Community Health Association in Shaftesbury (CHAS) and in 2012 was renamed to Cedar Castle Hill. The Cedars and Castle Hill House offer 31 places and are care homes based in Shaftesbury that specialise in providing care for elderly people of a variety of dependency with severe disability – mental or physical. The Cedars Castle Hill encourage their staff in their professional and personal development to ensure that each member of staff can provide the best care possible for the residents; on top of this all the staff receive additional specialist training in dementia care. More information can be found at www.cedarscastlehill.co.uk/the-charity
If you would like more information on the charities or to be kept up to date with our fundraising events, do not hesitate to contact the Shaftesbury office on 01747 852242 or by e-mail at Shaftesbury@w-w.co.uk.