Now that the Unit is treating patients locally the HLCT is actively supporting local groups who help patients with cancer. We continue to donate money to the Pink Finss group to help them provide hands-on support for people with cancer, have donated to patient transport services and many other local things.
We are continuing to raise funds to ensure the Hawkesbury Hospital Chemotherapy unit remains financially viable and supporting the people of the Hawkesbury District who are now able to get cancer treatment in their district.
The Trust was created through a genuine need to provide local oncology and chemotherapy services to people of the Hawkesbury.
With no oncology services available, residents were forced to travel outside Hawkesbury’s north-west region for prevention or life-saving treatments, right up until, and during, the early 2000s.
The Richmond Club, the oldest ex-servicemen’s club in the Hawkesbury, was inspired by its members and the community to establish a local cancer treatment facility in 2008.
Consulting with the community, business and governments, its board of directors set processes in motion to improve local health infrastructure.
In 2010 the board approved fundraising coordinated under the charitable status of Hawkesbury Living – a subsidiary business of the Richmond Club Group. Hawkesbury Living is an aged care facility operated by Richmond Club. It also features new extension wing, Rivera Place.
The Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust was established with the goal of raising funds to provide a cancer treatment center within the Hawkesbury.
It was the catalyst for an immediate groundswell of donations from hundreds of locals and businesses. It realized its first goal in April 2017, creating a chemotherapy unit at Hawkesbury Hospital – a stand-alone satellite service of the Nepean Cancer Centre.
The unit, named the Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust Chemotherapy Unit, is a collaboration with St John of God Health Care, Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Hawkesbury District Health Service.
The Trust continues its work of funding the unit, as well as providing funding for nurses, resources and medical equipment.
It has so far raised in excess of $2.5million.