2018 was a milestone year for Dorset County Hospital Charity.
Following its two-year Cancer Appeal, the Charity hit its target of raising £1.75million at the end of October 2018 thanks to tremendous support from staff, donors, trusts, community groups and local businesses.
The Cancer Appeal was part of a £9 million project, in conjunction with Poole Hospital , to bring radiotherapy services to Dorchester for the first time.
The Outpatients Department, funded by the Cancer Appeal, was opened to patients at the end of October 2018 and the Radiotherapy Unit, run by Poole Hospital, became operational in January 2019.
The Robert White Centre was officially opened in December 2018 by Martin Clunes OBE. It has been funded in part by the extraordinarily generous legacy from Poole businessman Robert White.
Robert was treated for cancer at the Dorset Cancer Centre, part of Poole Hospital, and sadly lost his battle in November 2015.
Before his death, he had resolved the to support the hospital and its county-wide cancer services to benefit others and decided that he would fund a new cancer unit, now named the Robert White Centre.
Following the success of the Cancer Appeal, the Charity launched the DCH Chemotherapy Appeal to upgrade the hospital's Chemotherapy unit to the standard now available in the Robert White Centre.