Cancer unit’s new charity boost

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A PIONEERING multi-million-pound cancer unit for Wigan is set to be boosted by a new charity named by Wigan Evening Post readers.

Three Wishes will help to enhance Wigan Infirmary’s planned oncology complex as well as other departments and services provided by the borough’s hospitals trust.

Local people are now being urged to raise money for the fund which, health chiefs stress, is not a substitute for NHS buildings, staff and standard medical equipment cash. Rather it would be used for helping to make patients’ hospital experience more comfortable, whether it be improving decor, paying for a television or children’s toys.

We received scores of votes over the past two months as to what to name the Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust’s charity and the most votes went to Three Wishes.

It was chosen by voters ahead of Brighter Day and Altogether Better as the new name of the charity.

Elizabeth Titley, fund-raising officer for the charity, said: “We really want to say a big thank you to all of those people who took the time to vote.

“We can now move forward with a fabulous new name and identity, Three Wishes really captures the meaning behind what the Hospitals Charity is trying to achieve.

“We have three main hospital sites and our three main wishes are to improve our sites and environment and provide better patient care and improve patient quality with many ‘wishes’ of what the Charity can provide in future years.

“The charity will now seek to have a more prominent presence in the area, with the launch of a fantastic fundraising event at Christmas.

“Wigan will have its own Reindeer Run which will be held at the DW Stadium on December 16.

The Fun Run will be an all inclusive event, encouraging novice and experienced runners to run and raise sponsorship for Wigan’s new Oncology Unit.

Les Higgins, Chairman of the Trust and the Charity said “We would love the community to become involved in this wonderful event, anyone who has cancer or had a loved one suffer from the disease, will know how difficult their journey to recovery can be.

“We want the unit to be as comfortable for patients as can be and this event along with support from colleagues and stakeholders will go a long way to making this happen.”

If you have any fund-raising ideas or want some more information on Three Wishes contact contact Elizabeth Titley by email: or call 01942 773850.