It was an important milestone for the dedicated breast unit at Noble’s Hospital as the first sod was cut on the site.
Donning pink high visibility jackets and hard hats for Thursday’s ceremony which marks the beginning of construction were members of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group, breast surgeon Millie Bello and Department of Health political member Dudley Butt MLC.
The facility, which will sit in a courtyard between the private patients’ wing and Ward 2, will provide diagnostic and treatment facilities as well as dedicated rooms in which a cancer diagnosis can be delivered in complete privacy and treatment options discussed.
Miss Bello, who first unveiled her aspirations for the new unit during the charity’s AGM in June last year, described the sod cutting ceremony as the ‘realisation of a big dream’.
She thanked everyone who had supported the campaign so far for their kindness and generosity – but urged residents to continue their support saying the project’s timescale was dependent on how quickly the money could be raised.
The Manx Breast Cancer Support Group launched its fundraising campaign in September last year.
It has now raised £325,000 towards its target of £1.5 million.
Upcoming fundraising events include a ladies day at Ballavartyn Equestrian Centre, Santon, on Saturday July 5, as well as national pink day on October 24.
Support for the unit has come from across the island, including £30,000 from the Henry Bloom Noble Healthcare Trust.