Fundraising in Carol’s memory gives patients with cancer greater comfort at St Bartholomew’s

07 Nov 2017

Patients on the cancer wards at St Bartholomew’s Hospital have a dedicated new private room in which to discuss treatment and any worries with staff in a comfortable environment.

This was made possible thanks to the wonderful fundraising efforts by the friends and family of Carol Wells. Carol was treated for breast cancer at St Bartholomew’s for several years, but sadly passed away in 2016.

To honour her legacy and help future patients with cancer, Carol’s friends and family chose to support Barts Charity to help patients at the hospital where she was cared for so well.

“Mum was remarkably strong and brave in her battle with cancer,” said Billy, Carol’s son. “She fought endlessly and was helped by the dedicated nurses at St Bartholomew’s.”

Family and friends donated a hugely generous £3,600 to the cancer wards and this amount was enough to fund a project that the staff were keen to undertake – transforming the pre-assessment room into a less clinical and more welcoming space for patients.

With natural wood and art on the walls, the new room is homely, calm and bright and has been used regularly since it was finished earlier this year.

Almost 20 members of Carol’s family (pictured by the fountain outside St Bartholomew’s) recently visited the hospital and the staff who cared for Carol for so many years.

They saw the room that their donations had funded, and said that Carol would have loved it. Billy added that he was “delighted that the money has been put to good use in such a quick time.”

The family plan to keep fundraising to help more patients like Carol be more comfortable. We’d like to thank them for the wonderful impact they’ve created for patients – a truly lovely way to honour Carol’s memory.

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