The first-ever dedicated ward for brain tumour patients in the UK, The Molly Lane Fox Ward, has recently re-opened – and has now doubled in size, thanks to our fundraisers, who raised £670,0000 for the project.
The original unit opened in 2011 with £1m funding from our supporters, but was such a success, with 750 patients being seen on the ward each year, it became clear that extra capacity would have to be found to meet the demand. The new ward has expanded and has 26 beds.
The opening event was attended by many key fundraisers for the project, including Jean O’Sullivan, 71, who flew a Spitfire last year to raise money for the new ward. Jean took on this daredevil challenge because her daughter is a long-term patient at The National Hospital.
Her daughter, Julieanne, 45, has a brain tumour, for which she had surgery in 2013, and a rare neurological condition, called acromegaly, that will require regular treatment for the rest of her life. She was was joined at the event by Julieanne and granddaughter Mia, 12, after raising £2,500 for the project. They were delighted to see their names inscribed on glass panel at the ward’s entrance.
Jean says, “I feel so proud to have contributed towards the new brain tumour ward and I’m delighted that more patients will now be able to benefit from the great care that my daughter Julieanne received when she was a patient on the ward. It is so upsetting as a mother to know that my daughter is so unwell. Raising money has been a really positive experience and helped me to cope. I have every intention of continuing to fundraise for The National Brain Appeal.”