Cancer Care Campaign

“More than one in two people will develop cancer at some point in their lives and all of us will know someone suffering from this terrible disease. The new Cancer Centre is a unique opportunity to give up-to-the-minute care in a welcoming environment. It’s a project that thousands of people in the Bath area will benefit from – and a cause that I am passionate about.”
Sir James and Lady Deirdre Dyson

This is the largest fundraising campaign for The Forever Friends Appeal. Our target is to raise £8.5 million towards the cost of building a £27 million pioneering new Cancer Centre at the RUH.

Every year the RUH treats over 2,200 new patients with cancer, providing specialist chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.

Whilst the clinical care provided is amongst the best in the UK, the buildings which accommodate the existing cancer services are outdated, cramped and uncomfortable. Built hastily in the early 1940s, the buildings were constructed for injured WW2 service personnel. Inevitably they are no longer fit for purpose and our cancer patients deserve better.

Based on research findings from the RUH’s award-winning Dyson Centre for Neonatal Care, we understand the critical importance of the physical environment in the treatment of patients and their families. The hospital is seizing the opportunity to create a modern, world-class Cancer Centre which will locate all oncology services under one roof. This includes the unique provision of a Patient Wellbeing, Information and Support Centre located at the heart of the new building over three floors. It will be based around the key concept of a holistic and patient-centred approach to care that will create a uniquely beneficial healing environment.

The Cancer Centre is being designed around the patient journey. The new therapeutic environment will help to reduce stress and anxiety and promote wellbeing and optimism. There will be more single rooms to give patients privacy and dignity and a choice of waiting areas, including a courtyard garden. 


“We want a Cancer Centre which creates a therapeutic environment, where we can provide clinical excellence with a holistic approach to care and an exceptional patient experience.”

Caroline Gilleece, Matron for Cancer Services, RUH

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