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Clarkson Evans making a real difference for cancer patients being treated in Gloucestershire

November 27, 2017

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Cancer patients receiving radiotherapy in Gloucestershire now find it easier to take their mind off their treatment thanks to the fundraising efforts of staff at Clarkson Evans.

Two state-of-the-art virtual “sky ceilings” are being installed in the radiotherapy department at Cheltenham General Hospital after staff at the leading electrical contractor raised more than £9,000 for Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity.

The specialist ‘sky ceilings’ were shipped from the USA and will help cancer patients feel calmer and more relaxed when receiving their daily treatment.

Healthcare lighting is known to have a dramatic effect on patient recovery. Radiotherapy treatment rooms can have no natural daylight and so virtual LED ceilings, depicting images of trees in blossom and cloud formations, offer a high-tech alternative.

Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity Senior Fundraiser Richard Hastilow-Smith said: “The sky ceilings have transformed the environment for local cancer patients. They are providing a welcome distraction for patients who look up to an inspiring backlit scene of blossoming trees with a summer sky. We are very grateful for the amazing support from Clarkson Evans which has made this possible.”

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Clarkson Evans kickstarted its fundraising year with an office summer fete, with HQ staff paying to “Soak a Director” and “Beat the Goalie”

A series of sponsored events, including a skydive by Production Director Simon Kingwell, a 10k charity walk and participation in the Cheltenham Half Marathon, also helped to boost money raised.

“Our staff were highly motivated to make a difference for Cheltenham & Gloucester Hospitals Charity, especially when they realised that all the money raised was going to be used to support local cancer patients,” said HR & Training Director Lindsey Young.

“As well as supporting the charity financially our staff have also offered support in kind using their marketing, graphic design and videography skills to help the charity widen awareness of its work,” added Mrs Young.

Chairman Steve Evans and Managing Director Nathan Evans visited Cheltenham General Hospital for the official unveiling of the first ‘sky ceiling’ meeting patients and staff benefitting from the new facility.

The daughter of one cancer patient, receiving treatment for throat cancer said: “My mum has recently finished six weeks of radiotherapy for throat cancer. The new sky ceiling has made what was an awful experience better. She came home and said they were beautiful. She couldn’t quite explain what it was but said that the ceiling gave her something to focus on during a really traumatic time.”

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