Representatives of the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity have thanked the people of the Isle of Man for their support following their recent visit.
Fundraising managers Louise Beach and Jade Barrett hosted a series of thank you events and a well-attended public information day last month to raise awareness of the charity’s work.
Miss Beach said: ‘We were overwhelmed by the amount of support that people wanted to give to Clatterbridge, and the really positive feedback we received from former patients and their families.’
The Clatterbridge centre is one of the largest cancer centres in the UK, treating up to 28,000 patients each year including more than 1,000 Manx people.
The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity raises funds to benefit patients and their families, funding research, equipment and support services such as the relatives’ accommodation that provides a home from home to the loved ones of patients during treatments.
Miss Beach continued: ‘Clatterbridge is the island’s cancer centre - any cancer treatment at Noble’s hospital is offered by Clatterbridge, from the consultants to the nursing staff.
‘We have two consultants that travel to the island every week, where they treat around 20 patients, and we see around 300 new patients every year in the island.
‘We are the only charity that directly raises funds to benefit Clatterbridge cancer patients across the region, including the Isle of Man.
The UK-based charity does not have a Manx equivalent, which has restricted its ability to fundraise locally and raise awareness of their work.
Miss Beach added: ‘There are so many people in the island who have been helped by Clatterbridge.
‘People might forget we’re here because we’re based in the UK, but they can still support us through donations.’
For more information about the charity visit www.clatterbridgecc.org.uk