Designer and inventor Sir James Dyson and his wife Lady Deirdre have lent their support to a the RUH Cancer Care Campaign by becoming patrons.
Last year Sir James and Lady Deirdre donated £4 million pounds to the Forever Friends Appeal, paving the way for a new cancer centre to be built at the Royal United Hospital.
The couple have now become patrons of the Cancer Care Campaign.
They were inspired to lend their support after Sir James, whose career began in Bath with engineering firm Rotork, lost both his parents to the disease.
Sir James said: “Using clever design and state of the art technologies, the new Cancer Centre promises to become a healing environment that the whole region can be proud of.
“Deirdre and I have been inspired by the ambition of the campaign thus far – that’s why, as well as our donation, we have decided to become Patrons of the appeal.
“We believe that this centre can revolutionise cancer care in the South West.”
The £4 million donation from the Dyson’s came from their charitable foundation and was the biggest donation ever received by the RUH.
Sir James and Lady Deirdre are keen supporters of the Forever Friends Appeal, and donated £500,000 toward the new Neonatal Intensive Care unit.
In recognition of their generosity the unit was named the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care.
FFA head of fundraising Tim Hobbs said: “The endorsement from Sir James and Lady Deirdre is a wonderful accolade for the Forever Friends Appeal.
“Their support for both the Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care and now the cancer centre means that we can continue to help the Royal United Hospital to create an holistic healing environment that is the very best for the patients, their families and staff. We are truly delighted that James and Deirdre have agreed to become the patrons for the Cancer Care Campaign”
The new centre, which is expected to build on an holistic approach, aims to provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment for people receiving treatment for cancer. It will be designed using natural light, and will also provide room for relatives and carers.
The current RUH cancer services buildings date back to 1940. We look forward to that changing very soon thanks to the Dysons and others like them.
The new centre will replace current buildings dating back to the 1940s, and will bring cancer services at the hospital together under one roof.
It builds on an holistic approach, and aims to use natural light to provide a nurturing and therapeutic environment for people receiving treatment for cancer.
There will also be room for relatives and carers, to ensure they receive the support they need.