Thursday, 9 March 2017

Our new charity of the year - FOCUS

We’re really excited to announce that ARAG’s new charity of the year for 2017  is FOCUS, the charity for Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals that raises funds for the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre.

We’ve already kicked off our fundraising efforts this week with a charity ‘Bake Off’, which turned up some highly- skilled (and competitive!) amateur bakers in the ARAG ranks.

FOCUS is the Fund for Oncology Centre Users and Supporters, and the charity provides vital support to people being treated for cancer in Gloucestershire Hospitals, as well as purchasing important equipment for patients’ treatment.

We all know that our lives will be affected by a cancer diagnosis at some stage, whether it is a friend or family member, and while treatments are getting so much more effective and successful, they can also be more complex and expensive.

FOCUS helps people living with cancer in Gloucestershire and surrounding counties by funding everything from sophisticated clinical equipment to furniture and devices to make them more comfortable during treatment.

The charity came to our attention because one of our colleagues has benefited from its work, while undergoing treatment for kidney cancer. Our own charity committee, ACT (ARAG Charity Team) is hard at work planning events and fundraising activities, so that we can top the total raised for the Ronald McDonald House, Bristol, in 2016.

FOCUS is part of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust General Charitable Fund (Charity number: 1051606). If you would like to know more about its work, you can find more information here.

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