Our hospital launches '2019 Club' to raise funds for cancer centre

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Paul Milsom

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Paul Milsom.

16 April 2018

A leading East Anglian entrepreneur is calling on businesses in Colchester and Tendring to get behind our hospital’s charity Cancer Centre Campaign.

Paul Milsom is backing the 2019 Club which is an initiative where businesses are asked to donate £2,019 to support the hospital’s Cancer Centre Campaign. It will be launched at the Milsom Business Showcase networking event on Thursday, 19 April at Le Talbooth, Dedham.

In return for their donation, Club members will benefit from excusive member-only events while helping to ensure the aspirations of the new Cancer Centre are met.

Work is set to start on the new £3.25m state-of-the-art facility and while £2.9m has been raised through fundraising and donations already, another £348,261 is needed to complete the project which is due to open next year.

Mr Milsom who is the patron of the club and a founding member said: “We all know people who have been affected by cancer.

“It’s a traumatic time for patients. If it was me, a member of my family or a friend, I would want to be treated in an environment that is calm, welcoming and less daunting than your typical NHS clinic or treatment space, which is why I am backing this initiative and calling on others to join me.”

Hospital Chief Executive, Nick Hulme said “The business community in Colchester and Essex has a long history of supporting its local hospitals, ever since Essex County Hospital was founded 200 years ago.

“Now we are calling on far-sighted individuals to show their support for the Cancer Centre Campaign by joining the 2019 Club. I am confident that with the help of the community we serve, the fundraising campaign will be completed this year and the new centre will open in 2019.”

Caroline Bates, Head of Charity and Fundraising at Colchester Hospital’s Charity said “We’ve had a phenomenal response from the community so far and even though we’re nearing our £3.2m target we can’t stop yet. The 2019 Club is a fantastic way for local companies to get involved and be part of this life-changing project.”

The 2019 Club will be active until mid-2019 when the new cancer centre opens.