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Before and after work training runs are now part of the agenda for a trio of work colleagues from Blackpool company Adcroft Hilton, who are putting themselves through their paces to raise money for the campaign to open one of the UK’s first ever acute cancer triage units at Blackpool Victoria Hospital (BVH).

Director Rosalind Hilton, corporate manager Sonya Brannigan and office manager Sheryl Armer have signed up to the Beaverbrooks Blackpool 10k on Sunday, 12th May, and are hoping to collect £1,500 in sponsorship from family, friends and other colleagues at their Church Street office on making it over the finishing line.

Sheryl said: “None of us are really runners but many of the staff at Adcroft Hilton have had family members affected by cancer and we understand what this new unit will do to help so many. We think it’ll be incredible.”

The company, which specialises in insolvency and business recovery and has a sister practice in Carlisle, has already committed to be being an appeal partner, having supported charity Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which has pledged to contribute £100,000 to the new unit’s build, for a number of years.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation is working alongside Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s own charity Blue Skies to bring in £150,000 to convert a disused operating theatre at the rear of the hospital’s Oncology and Haematology Day Units into a 999 call or walk-in assessment and treatment centre exclusively for the hospital’s cancer patients. To date, it has raised £39,000.

The new unit, which will be run by doctors and nurses from the hospital’s Acute Oncology Team and which is scheduled to open later this year, will enable local cancer patients to receive immediate specialist care, by-passing the Vic’s busy general A&E department that they currently have to attend if their condition worsens, they fall ill or suffer treatment side-effects.

It is estimated more than 500 local cancer patients a year will benefit from attending the new acute cancer triage unit, relieving pressure on A&E. Through the unit’s specialist oncology 999 treatment pathway, the number of patients needing hospital admission is also expected to fall while treatment outcomes are anticipated to improve.

The incidence of cancer in Blackpool is around 7% higher than the regional average and 20% higher than the national average.

To support the Adcroft Hilton trio, visit https://w HYPERLINK “https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sheryl-armer2″ww.justgiving.com/fundraising/sheryl-armer2

Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to bring world class cancer treatments and services to cancer patients throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria being treated at Rosemere Cancer Centre, the region’s specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, and at another eight local hospital cancer units across the two counties, including that at BVH. It does this by funding cutting edge equipment, research, training and other services that would otherwise be beyond limited NHS resources. For further information on its work and how to donate, visit www.rosemere.org.uk

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