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Cancer group’s colourful boost

16 July 2013


A local cancer support group has helped improve facilities on Southend University Hospital’s cancer ward.

Southend Oncology Supporters (SOS) donated £7,269 to refurbish the day room on Elizabeth Loury ward. The money came from a wide range of fundraising activities including quiz and race nights, live music evenings and afternoon teas.

SOS chairman Derek Cooney was previously a member of Southend Leukaemia Unit Group Supporters (SLUGS) which provided various items of medical equipment for the hospital. After SLUGs was disbanded, Mr Cooney was determined to keep up the fundraising drive in memory of his late wife, Iris, who was a patient on the ward. He formed SOS three years ago to continue providing added extras for patients with cancer.

This latest donation has given the day room a bright green lick of paint, new wood-effect laminate flooring, a new kitchen area, coffee table, bookcase, chairs and subdued table lamps to replace the more clinical effect from the previous strip lighting.

Ward manager, Liz Bradley, said: "We are hugely grateful to all the hardworking SOS members who over the years have done so much for our cancer patients.

"We know how important the environment is to their well-being and comfort and this donation has made such a difference."

With pic: SOS committee member Leon Kudla, chairman Derek Cooney and committee member Barbara Black.