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Mobile Chemotherapy Unit will have first dedicated therapy service

Thanks to support from two major donors, Tesco Centenary Grants and the Vinci UK Foundation, the Fountain Centre will be able to support the new Mobile Chemotherapy Unit launched today by the Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.  They will be providing the first dedicated therapy service for a mobile chemo unit in the country.  Tina Gardiner, a fully qualified therapist, will offer support, information and therapies to patients using the service to receive their chemotherapy closer to home.

Speaking at the launch of the new unit, Martin Read, Chair of the Fountain Centre Trustees, said: “The Fountain centre is Surrey’s local cancer charity, and it is absolutely right that we should support this new service taking cancer treatments nearer to our patients’ homes.  We could not have achieved this without very generous grants from Tesco, whose Centenary Fund has donated £15,000 to cover the cost of employing our dedicated therapist; and the Vinci UK Foundation, whose £5,000 has covered the cost of kitting out the therapy room on board the mobile unit.  We are immensely grateful to them.”

Tina Gardiner, Unit Therapist, said: “This is the first time there will be a complementary therapist on board a mobile chemotherapy unit anywhere in the country.  This is setting a great precedent for future services.”

Phil Hines from the Vinci UK Foundation said: ”It has been really satisfying and useful to be able to see our donation in action.  The therapy room looks like a real haven for patients and we wish it every success.”

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