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A Bucketful of Hope for Pembrokeshire

Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Seven years ago, Pembrokeshire born, Adam Evans-Thomas embarked on a fundraising mission to thank both hospitals that cared for him during his fight against leukaemia.
 
He wanted to fund a “Pembrokeshire Bed” on the new Transplant Unit in The Heath Hospital, Cardiff and to create a new Cancer Care Day Unit (CDU) on Ward 10 for Withybush Hospital. He raised £9000 before he sadly died. His family and friends pledged to fulfil his legacy as a tribute to the Doctors and nurses who looked after him during his 10 year fight against leukaemia.
 
Following a farewell concert for his doctor – Dr. Najma Saleem, where one patient remarked that she gave a “thimbleful of bad news in a bucketful of hope” – the charity was formed.  To date, almost £500,000 has been raised through the Bucketful of Hope Appeal and other donations to Ward 10 and the Chemotherapy Day Care Unit in readiness to fulfil Adam’s dream.
 
A new high dependency room called “The Pembrokeshire Room” in the Heath Hospital’s Transplant Unit Cardiff was opened in 2007 and has fulfilled one half of Adam’s legacy.
 
In a recent meeting between the charity members, the Chairman of the Hywel Dda Board, Chris Martin said that the Health Board is currently in discussions with clinical staff about the future of chemotherapy services and the chemotherapy day unit in Pembrokeshire.
 
He said: “Hwyel Dda will work closely with Adam’s Bucketful of Hope, and other fundraisers, to ensure that chemotherapy services are delivered in a modern day facility and that the funding which has been donated for this purpose will be used for the benefit of Pembrokeshire patients. 
Future proposals will be available by the early summer of next year and we look forward to working closely with the Bucketful of Hope appeal during that time.”
 
Adam’s mother, Chris Evans-Thomas commented: “We did not envisage fundraising for this amount of time and frustration was setting in, but to know that we will have a definite date for a new CDU by May 2011 is wonderful news!  It   this means we can move forward with a real message of hope for the New Year!”
 
In the meantime, Chris and a large group of volunteers have set up a “Distraction Centre” at 11 Dew Street, Haverfordwest.  It comprises of a charity shop/boutique, a coffee shop, a sheet music shop called the “Notebook” and for all the existing patients in Ward 10’s CDU – a “pamper” room offering massages, manicures, pedicures and many other relaxing treatments, alongside a “tranquillity” room where self help cancer groups can meet.
 
Chris said: “We felt that we had been promising this CDU forever, seven years is a long time waiting for some patients – so we decided to offer some “distraction therapy” to them here and now and when the state of the art unit is built – everything in our building will be transplanted back into the new unit.
 
“We are continuing our appeal in the hope of reaching the million pound mark with renewed vigour following this meeting and if you would like to contribute please visit our shop and fundraising cheques can be made to “Adam’s Bucketful of Hope Appeal”.
 
Nodiadau i'r Golygydd / Notes to editors:
 
  • For further information please contact “Adam’s Bucketful of Hope Charity Venue” 11 Dew Street, Haverfordwest, O1437 779400.
 
Am ragor o wybodaeth, neu i dderbyn y datganiad hwn yn Gymraeg, cysylltwch ag:
 
For further information, or to receive this press release in Welsh, please contact:
 
Alexandra Fry
Swyddog Cyfathrebu Allanol / External Communications Officer
01267 239576
 
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