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Cancer ward receives £5,000 thanks to former patient

13 February 2020


Elizabeth Loury Ward at Southend University Hospital has been given a £5,000 donation from Women On the Move Against Cancer (WOMAC).

It will fund an air conditioning unit for the patient's day room and extra wheelchairs for use on the ward.

The donation has come about thanks to Carla Corbet, 32, from Rayleigh, who is currently in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma.

Carla said: "As a former patient of Elizabeth Loury I was really keen to be able to give something back to help improve the ward for both patients and staff. A big thank you to WOMAC, for which I'm a patron, for choosing to help a place so close to my heart."

The donation will make a huge difference to patients. Shinila Kokkadan, Matron on Elizabeth Loury Ward, explained: "Our day room, where patients and their families spend some time out, is designed to feel like home-from-home. The air con unit will make it a much more comfortable space for patients, so thank you to Carla and WOMAC for their generous donation."

Carla was first diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma in April 2018 and after six months of chemotherapy she received the all clear.

Unfortunately, in January 2019 Carla felt unwell and, after several tests, it was discovered the disease had returned.

Before going back into remission, Carla had chemotherapy at Southend University Hospital and University College London Hospital (UCLH), followed by a stem cell transplant.

Carla's family and friends are currently raising money in the fight against cancer; please see the link for more information: http://bit.ly/CarlaFundraiser



Notes to editor

WOMAC organises events and activities to raise money for cancer charities and to help continue the fight against cancer by supporting a variety of projects, searching for more effective treatments or improving the quality of life for cancer sufferers, their families and carers.


Image:Carla Corbet presenting the cheque to Elizabeth Loury Ward.