What is the additional money for?
The government investment provides the funding to build and equip the centres to the same standard as conventional radiotherapy centres.
We are raising £10m of extra funding for each centre (The Christie and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) to ensure they are world-leading, providing the best care possible to our patients.
Patients typically need around 10 weeks of PBT. We want to ensure this time is as stress-free as possible. This is especially important because, even though our patients will no longer have to travel abroad, most will still be away from home and from their wider families, communities and support networks.
The additional funding will help to:
- Provide additional enhanced imaging equipment, located within the PBT treatment facilities. This includes a specialist CT scanner and MRI scanner in each centre. Having these as close to the PBT treatment rooms as possible will be a real benefit to patients.
- Build and equip specialist paediatric anaesthetics suites at the heart of each centre. For children who need general anaesthetic for treatment, most of whom will be six years old or less, an extra 10 minutes' journey each way to be treated would represent more than 10 hours of extra time under anaesthesia over the course of a treatment. Having these facilities will minimise the time children need to be anaesthetised and it will also make the experience less stressful, both for the children and their families..
PBT is not just for children, although they will make up around a third of the cases referred for this vital treatment. To ensure all of our patients benefit, we will also provide other age-appropriate facilities. These include spaces for both teenagers and young adults who have different needs to children, and for older patients too.
How you can help:
The Christie charity, registered charity number 1049751, is managing the fundraising campaign.
If you would like to learn more please contact Marie Toller at:
Tel: 0161 918 7399
Mob: 07919 496071
If you wish to make a donation by cheque you can write to us at:
The Christie Charity
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Cheques should be made payable to The Christie and endorsed for "The National Proton Beam Therapy Project".
We are currently setting up a facility to give online; in the meantime, please contact us if you would like to give now.
It is also possible to give regularly by direct debit or standing order. A regular gift from people like you will help us provide our patients with the best possible care. The forms can be downloaded here:
Please ensure you write "The National Proton Beam Therapy Project" on the form.