Since we relaunched as Bright Red in 2010, we have invested over £2m in various projects. Our key achievements and highlights are detailed below.
Bright Red Nurse Heather Lee is now in post at the Frirage Hospital in Northallerton, thanks to our investment of over £40,000.
Our third Bright Red Nurse, Susan Davison, has started her new role at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead – thanks to our investment of over of £55,000.
Bright Red are proud supporters of the complementary therapists at Sunderland Royal Hospital. We provided £3,500 of funding which helped provide 1,475 therapies, given to 992 patients.
Our second Bright Red Nurse, Jill Bell, has taken up post in Sunderland Royal Hospital, thanks to our investment of nearly £80,000.
We committed to funding over £20,000 for the refurbishment of Ward 33’s Day Room at the NCCC.
We contributed over £5,600 to the funding of a new Real-Time PCR Machine at Newcastle University, for critical haematological research.
We continued our funding of the Bright Red Outreach Nurse post at the NCCC, providing funding through to 2021.
We expanded our funding of Complimentary Therapies to Hexham and Sunderland.
We renovated three isolation rooms on Ward 33 to help improve facilities for transplant patients. Rooms now include free TV and a PlayStation, and have a significantly improved interior design.
We invested over £40,000 to help create a new ECP treatment centre at the NCCC. Until this time patients battling GvHD needed to travel to Rotherham.
We gave £1,500 to help fund the annual Haematology Patient Survivorship Conference. This is a highly regarded event, one which we are proud to partner.
The 100th Lee Robson Patient Care Grant was issued. These are one off financial awards given to patients in most need of assistance.
For the 3rd year in a row Bright Red provided funding to the Complimentary Therapy Team at the NCCC, which has since continued to receive support in to 2018.
Our largest educational grant finished in 2014. A £10,000 award from Bright Red gave DrArami access to a haemato-oncology and stem cell transplant fellowship at the world renowned Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle, USA.
Bright Red invested £310,000 (our largest one off grant to date) into the purchase and running of a state of the art Flow Cytometer.
The first Bright Red Outreach Nurse began her 3 year post at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. This was extended to 2018 and has recently been extended to 2021.
Our Patient Care Grants were launched in August 2012. In 2013 we would rename these grants to Lee Robson Patient Care Grants in memory of our first Ambassador.
Bright Red invested £50,000 to create a Lymphoma Biobank – a valuable resource for researchers.
The first Bright Red educational grant was issued. This enabled staff to attend the European Bone Marrow Conference in Paris.
Bright Red provided half of the funding for the George Walker Fellowship at a cost of £250,000. The recipient of this grant would go on to secure a prestigious Welcome Trust award, bringing a further £1,000,000 of research investment into the region.
MSCT 2000 was re-launched as Bright Red. The vision is to build on the £4m raised and invested by MSCT since 1988. Our aims were expanded to include improving patient care and education as well as research.