WORK on a state-of-the-art, £4.5m cancer and renal facility at West Berkshire Community Hospital in Thatcham will begin within days.
But although enough cash has been raised in donations and short term, interest-free loans to allow the work to commence, now the fundraising starts in earnest.
As exclusively revealed by the Newbury Weekly News today (Thursday), the project will transform treatment and quality of life for cancer and renal patients in the area.
Newbury and Thatcham Hospital Building Trust (NTHBT) first proposed the renal facility in 2014 and subsequently invited the the Newbury and District Cancer Care Trust (NDCCT) to site the proposed cancer unit there too.
An official launch today was attended by civic dignitaries including Richard Benyon MP and Newbury mayor Julian Swift-Hook.
But the project (pictured in an artist's impression) now needs public support.
Already a 'Fun Run-n-Walk Challenge' has been arranged at Greenham Common on Sunday, October 16.
Also at the launch were patients already undergoing treatment for cancer and kidney problems who told how the new unit will transform treatment in future.
To find out more about the project, pick up a copy of this week's NWN.
For more details of the launch, and of how you can get involved with supporting the project and helping to keep it on track, check next week's NWN...and watch this space.