The Sussex Cancer Fund was created in 1981 by consultant oncologists Dr Deutsch, Dr Hodson and Dr Murrell. Originally called the Sussex Cancer Treatment Fund, the charity progressed to include the funding and development of research programmes and later became known as the Sussex Cancer Fund for Treatment and Research. Now named the Sussex Cancer Fund, the goals of the fund are to work hand in hand with the NHS to give every cancer patient in Sussex the best available treatment and facilities.
1 in 2 people in Sussex will develop cancer. Every single cancer patient in Sussex will benefit from something we have funded during their care, but for us to continue to achieve this, we need your help. It is our responsibility to guide others in how cancer can impact lives as well about support for cancer patients. There are 200 different types of cancer and whilst cancer survival rates are increasing all the time, as treatment and surgery advances, the UK still lags behind many other countries.
Our funds fulfil the needs of Sussex hospitals and provide support for cancer patients in terms of equipment, resources, research, and facilities. In recent years we have rebuilt and refurbished the Sussex Cancer Centre, providing improved equipment and facilities to help care for our patients. Sussex Cancer Fund also provides Sussex Hospitals with specialist equipment such as Chemotherapy chairs, scanners, and other treatment essentials.
We have spent over £1million in the last three years supporting research projects across many treatment areas including blood, brain, breast & bladder cancers. We have three new projects starting soon covering topics such as the HPV virus and cancer, leukaemia, and advanced radiography techniques.
The Sussex Cancer Fund will have grown substantially in public awareness about support for cancer patients and fundraising levels and we will be celebrating the success of a three-pronged strategy – all generally above core NHS funding.
- 1. A strong and growing set of cancer research projects based in Sussex – some of these jointly funded by the SCF together with other major UK medical and research organizations.
- 2. The provision of funded services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, exercise programs, outward bound programs to rebuild confidence, dietary advice, and the provision of free ‘extras’ such as magazines, tea/coffee, car parking -for the Sussex Cancer Centre based in the Royal Sussex County Hospital – all with hugely positive feedback from patients and their families.
- 3. The gradual implementation of a plan to support other NHS cancer treatment centres in Sussex, based on their specific equipment, service needs and priorities – within our fundraising capabilities.
Sussex Cancer Fund, company number 07963616, a charity registered in England and Wales no. 1147195, registered office at Sussex Cancer Centre, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, BN2 5BE, United Kingdom. email: