We set up Woolverstone Wish in 2009 to raise money to refurbish the Woolverstone Wing of Ipswich Hospital. On Monday 16th May 2016, the new £4.7m cancer centre opened its doors and welcomed patients for the very first time. The Woolverstone Wing has now been transformed; bringing together outpatient chemotherapy, oncology and haematology day services. There is space for 30 people to receive treatment, and it is expected that 21,000 people will visit the centre each year, which is more than double the previous number.
The Woolverstone Macmillan Centre has been designed by experts in developing cancer centres, staff and people affected by cancer, to improve the privacy and dignity of patients. There is room for loved ones to stay during treatment, as well as beautiful artwork and three gardens which make it as calm and non-clinical an environment as possible.
This has been the realisation of our dream to transform cancer care and improve local services. We had already raised more than £800,000, but our vision ultimately became a reality when we, the Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support jointly launched an appeal for £3.7m in November 2014.
After 7 years of fundraising, the last two as a Macmillan Fundraising Group, the Woolverstone Wish committee have decided, now that the new unit is open and treating patients, to take a step back and retire from active fundraising.
We will still be here to help if you need it, our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter) will remain open, but we will no longer be organising events.
Fundraising continues as there is still a long way to go before the goal of £3.7 million is reached. Please read on to see how you can get involved and support the fantastic new centre. We hope that you will continue to help to spread the word and keep the momentum going.
But first, we'd like to take this opportunity to say what an amazing journey we've had over the past seven years. And to thank each and every one of our supporters for your fundraising efforts, help and encouragement. Without you, the new unit at Ipswich Hospital would never have become a reality. Without your support and fundraising efforts, we, Macmillan Cancer Support, and Ipswich Hospital Trust would never have come together and elevated our goal for refurbishment to a brand new, state-of-the-art cancer unit.
No matter what you did to help, be it donate a few pounds or organise numerous events, we want you to know how grateful we are and that you should be so proud of yourselves - it's you who have given Ipswich and the surrounding area this amazing gift, it's you who have helped make a huge difference to the lives of local people affected by cancer for generations to come.
Macmillan Cancer Support are still fundraising for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre at Ipswich Hospital and there are lots of ways to get involved.
Many of our donations are the result of events organised by our supporters.
If you're taking part in a sponsored event and would like to make a donation to us, or if you're thinking of organising an event from scratch, let us know by email (email@example.com) or by phone on 0300 1000 200 and we'll do what we can to help.
We can help to promote your activity or event on Facebook and Twitter and provide fundraising merchandise, templates and promotional material to use in preparation for your event.
Download a Macmillan Sponsorship Form from here.... Please mention the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre when you return the form to the freepost address.
To set up a JustGiving page for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, please set up your page with Macmillan Cancer Support and refer to the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre in the description of your event.
If you'd like to make a donation, no matter how big or small, you can send a cheque payable to 'Macmillan Cancer Support - Woolverstone Macmillan Centre' to:
Macmillan Cancer Support
87-90 Albert Embankment
If you're a UK Tax payer, then we can claim back an amount equivalent to 25% of your donation from the Inland Revenue. You can find out more information about this here.
Woolverstone Wish operates under Macmillan's registered charity number: 261017