$500k boost to house patients

ACCOMMODATION units for cancer patients at Lismore Base Hospital is another step closer to becoming a reality with the Cancer Council of NSW kicking in $500,000 to help buy the Hunter Street site.

The council yesterday said it was giving the money to local charities, the Northern Rivers Community Cancer Foundation and Our Kids, to help buy the site for the $4.2 million accommodation.

“Cancer Council has been the light at the end of the tunnel for this project, offering a substantial contribution to the Our House project right from the outset,” said foundation chairman Chris Ingall.

“Without them we would not be where we are today.”

During his visit to Lismore in April Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also pledged to chip in $2.6 million for the project.

Located beside the hospital, Our House will offer patients and carers accommodation for the duration of the treatment.

Cancer Council chief executive Andrew Penman said the new accommodation would provide a critical service for cancer sufferers and their families.

“Providing affordable accommodation will mean that patients who live long distances from Lismore can be treated at the new cancer centre without the cost and inconvenience of long drives,” he said.



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