The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund was started in August 1998 when the haematology team began to do stem cell transplants for leukaemia on Rendcomb Side Rooms.
It soon became apparent that many of these patients, or members of their family, required financial assistance with travel costs and taxi fares. Being in hospital for anything up to 6 months can result in a huge bill for petrol or travel and it was soon noticed that some patients had very few visitors because they simply couldn’t afford to come more often.
Since then LINC has provided financial help to many who find themselves in difficulty as a result of their illness. Payment of rent, childcare and even the purchase of a new cooker has allowed patients to keep their homes whilst they are receiving treatment.
Buildings have been funded, equipment bought from televisions and DVD players to individual fridges for each side room – anything to improve the quality of life during the intensive treatment.
Funding has also been provided for the Robert Dalton leukaemia research fellowship and we now have two students who have gained their PhD with a third starting in September. LINC also funds a clinical psychologist for two sessions per week. This is proving to be an invaluable service which, at the moment, is totally inadequate. Our Make a Difference Campaign will hopefully raise sufficient funds for a full time equivalent.
The Leukaemia and Intensive Chemotherapy Fund (LINC) was registered with the charity commission in November 1998. How apt then that we are holding a dinner at Ellenborough Park on Tuesday 5 November to celebrate these 15 years. The event will be hosted by Laurence and Jackie Llewelyn-Bowen and the guest speaker will be Bob Champion. Tickets are £65 each and we do hope you will join us.
Dr Gill Rouse, Co-founder and Director of LINC.