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James Dyson Foundation’s £4m donation to improve cancer treatment at the RUH

The James Dyson Foundation has donated £4m to the development of a pioneering new Cancer Centre at the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath. The donation is the largest in the hospital’s history.

James Dyson said, “Bath is our home and the base from which I have grown Dyson.  This new Cancer Centre will use cutting edge technology and well considered design to improve the health of its patients.  We have been hugely impressed by the outcomes of the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care at the RUH; research has shown the incredible effect that a healing environment can have on recovery.”

The hospital’s charity, Forever Friends Appeal, announced last year that it was starting its largest ever fundraising campaign, aiming to raise a minimum £5.5m towards the £20.5m cancer project over the next three to four years.  Following this donation and fantastic support from the public, they have met that minimum target and are now able to extend their campaign by a further £2-3m.  This will enhance even further the therapeutic environment that RUH doctors are aiming to create, and maximise its impact for patients with additional state-of-the-art medical equipment, dedicated research facilities, as well as art and pastoral gardens.

RUH Cancer Cantre

John Cullum, Chairman of the Forever Friends Appeal said, “The James Dyson Foundation’s donation is providing a massive boost in helping us reach the initial target and allowing us, with the public’s support, to expand the ambition of the campaign.  It is important that the public and other donors now continue their fundraising efforts for this amazing new Centre – it will be the public that help make this pioneering building truly exceptional.  The funds raised will enable us to vastly improve cancer care in the region, in the same way that the Dyson Centre for Neonatal care has already done for premature babies.”

James Scott, the hospital’s Chief Executive said, “I am delighted that the hospital has received this very generous donation towards the building of our state-of-the-art Cancer Centre.  As a Trust we are already providing some of the best cancer care in the South West and the creation of a purpose built centre to bring all our cancer therapies under one roof in a truly therapeutic environment can only improve the patient experience even more”.

This support of the Cancer Care Campaign follows a £600,000 donation from the Dyson family and the James Dyson Foundation, to the hospital’s new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  The award winning Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care is leading to better outcomes for its very young patients, research using a cohort of babies from both the new and old unit showed that: 90% of babies recuperating in this new environment are going home breast feeding, compared to 64% in the old building. And babies are better rested – sleeping on average for 22% longer.

The RUH Cancer Centre

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The RUH provides cancer services for a catchment area of half a million people in Bath & North East Somerset, Wiltshire and the Mendip area of Somerset.  The new Cancer Centre is expected to open in 2017/18.

Research shows that the healing environment created by a building can significantly improve patient experience, reduce stress and improve clinical outcomes.  The building will be designed with this in mind: using natural light to give bright, spacious interiors, and removing sources of noise to provide a more relaxing environment. It will also provide space for relatives and carers to stay overnight and inpatient rooms will be at the top of the building so that patients have the best views over the surrounding countryside.  There will be flexible, private spaces to sit and be quiet, or to have private conversations with clinicians, or other patients.

For more information on the Cancer Care Campaign click here