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Fundraising Appeal Launched to Fund Vital Frontline Role at the Hospital

24 June 2022

We have launched an emergency appeal to raise £20,000 to fund an Exeter Leukaemia Fund Patient Support Coordinator. This frontline support worker, based at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital's Haematology Centre, will play a key role in helping patients and families in Devon affected by blood cancer.

A blood cancer diagnosis is life changing. Subsequent treatment for blood cancer and related conditions affects not only the individual, but also their family members and loved ones. Having an ELF Patient Support Coordinator on hand at the RD&E Hospital's Haematology Centre will provide frontline support from diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.

The Patient Support Coordinator will provide a link between patients and the ELF services available to support their journey. They will work closely with the NHS medical team to establish support areas outside of the specialist medical treatment provided at the hospital. This includes physical and mental well-being services, financial and legal support. The Patient Support Coordinator will be there to pick up the pieces for families after lives have been turned upside down by blood cancer. This position will provide a friendly face to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, and a helping hand to help with life’s struggles, all of which can be overwhelming alongside a draining treatment schedule. The Coordinator will not only be there for the patient, but also for their family members, who will face their own challenges and emotions whilst caring for their loved ones.

Alongside a GoFundMe appeal page, throughout the summer the ELF Fundraising Team will be organising collections, events, and initiatives to raise funds towards the £20,000 goal.

If you would like to fundraise toward the appeal with your own fundraising event or a sponsored challenge, then please contact us at enquire@elfcharity.org.uk or by calling Gary and Andy on 01392 493344 (option 3).

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Your donations will ensure that ELF can be there on the frontline for blood cancer patients and their families in Devon. Thank you.