Airedale patient Robert Thompson shaved his head and raised £4,792.50 for Airedale HODU (Airedale Hospital’s Haematology and Oncology Day Unit) and MacMillan Cancer Support.
He received a lot of support from friends and family and raised a huge amount for both charities. Half of the total (£2,396.25) will go towards Airedale Hospital and Community Charity’s HODU fund. The HODU Unit at Airedale Hospital is where patients with cancer and other blood diseases are treated with chemotherapy.
Robert, who is from Cullingworth, was recently diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. His treatment included chemotherapy which would cause him to lose his hair.
Robert Thompson said:
“I decided to turn this into an opportunity to raise funds to show my appreciation to clinicians on the HODU unit at Airedale Hospital and MacMillan Nurses who all supported me and took exceptional care of me throughout my treatment.
“I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone that supported me and donated to help raise an outstanding amount of money for the amazing nurses that took care of me.”
Pat Dyminski, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Airedale HODU said:
“Thank you to Robert and everyone who has supported him to raise this fantastic amount of money for HODU and Macmillan Cancer Support.
“On HODU we are planning to start refurbishment of the department within the next few weeks which will add another treatment room to the unit. This room will be used to initiate and deliver treatments and this very generous donation will help towards us purchasing the equipment required for the room.”
(Photographed L-R: Holly Stanley, Sarah Brain, Robert Thompson, Lucy Thompson, Leanne Marsden, Fay Daniels)