Local generosity funds four new chemotherapy chairs for Taranaki Cancer Care Centre

8 February 2024

Thanks to three Taranaki businesses the new Taranaki Cancer Centre (TCC) will have four brand spanking new chemotherapy chairs waiting for patients when it opens its doors in 2025.

Two of the specially designed chairs have been kindly purchased by Baker Tilly Staples Rodway, another by DFE Pharma, and the fourth, a joint purchase between Skin Aware and Peggy Chen Skin Cancer & MOHS Surgery.

With the construction of the state-of-the-art TCC well underway at Taranaki Base Hospital, we’ve been focusing on ways that fundraising can really enhance the environment in which patients receive care says Taranaki Health Foundation’s marketing manager Simon Velk.

“In 2019, we fundraised for six new chemotherapy chairs for our current cancer unit, and these have had a significant impact on the comfort of patients receiving chemotherapy, a treatment that can sometimes take several hours,

“However, the TCC is going to have a 10-person chemotherapy bay, and so we quickly realised that we are going to need four additional new chairs.”

“Last year we put the call out to the people of Taranaki via social media and a radio interview with Ken and Anna on More FM, and before we knew it, our community had helped to raise enough money to purchase the chairs we need.”

To top off this generosity, the Soroptimist International of New Plymouth have raised a significant sum which will fund one of chemotherapy isolation rooms to be built within the new facility.

“It is heart-warming to get such a fantastic response from local businesses and we are very grateful. Investing in healthcare is one of the most impactful ways a business can invest in its people.”

To find out more about the different ways you can support the Taranaki Cancer Centre and all of the redevelopment work that is happening at Taranaki Base Hospital as part of Stage Two of Project Maunga, visit thf.org.nz

Last updated: Thursday, February 8, 2024

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