Former patient Angela Watson encouraged others to get behind her fundraising to purchase six comfortable recliners for the chemotherapy ward at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Having received treatment on King Edward Ward herself, Angela knew how beneficial the new seating would be.
“After being diagnosed with cancer for a second time I was devastated. I had to go for weekly treatment on Kind Edward Ward, so spent a lot of time sitting in the same chair which wasn’t overly comfy due to my bones aching from treatment. Being there so regularly I built up a rapport with the nurses, and after chatting about the ward’s need for more comfortable chairs for patients receiving chemotherapy, I decided, being a Reading girl, to do something to help my local hospital. I spoke with an old boss of mine, my neighbour and my local book club, who all expressed interest in wanting to support the cause, and we were able to reach our goal to raise £12,000 and buy six new chairs.”
As well as providing improved relaxation, the chairs are also easy to clean and move, both important features.
Polly Schofield, ward sister was delighted with the delivery: “Our chemotherapy unit has the capacity to treat 13 patients, but we only had seven armchair recliners. Chemotherapy can be physically and emotionally exhausting and to be able to rest in a comfortable armchair and put your feet up when receiving treatment is so important. This wonderful donation has allowed us to replace our six ordinary armchairs with recliners. This will ensure every patient who comes to our unit will be able to benefit from the same relaxation. We are so very grateful to Angela and her friends who enabled this purchase. The chairs will make a huge difference to the experience of our patients receiving chemotherapy with us.