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A breast cancer survivor has received a £1,000 boost to her charity from AWE’s Community Committee.
Pauline Williams was spurred to start raising money for a radiotherapy centre at North Hants Hospital, after experiencing the gruelling trek backwards and forwards to Southampton for medical treatment.
Pauline, 77, from Basingstoke, successfully completed her treatment in 2005, but the memories of the journey to Southampton stayed with her.
She wants the same excellent treatment she received to be more readily available to people around the area of Basingstoke and Deane, so they don’t have to do an estimated 100-mile round trip.
She said: “This is a terrific boost to our cause, and we are very grateful to AWE for this donation.”
Michele Maidment, secretary of AWE’s Community Committee, said: “We’re pleased to be able to give this help to RadCan, which has a fantastic vision and will help the local area immensely once it is realised.
“AWE aims to help both local and national charities either through donations, like this, or with offers of practical assistance.”
The presentation took place in the Mayor’s parlour, at Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council office, as the mayor, Cllr David Leeks, has chosen RadCan as one of his three mayoral charities for his year.
RadCan (Radiotherapy for Cancer) achieved charity status last year, and is aiming to raise £22 million within the next four years.
Cllr Leeks said: “A centre in North Hants would alleviate the need for people to travel great distances when their health is most vulnerable. To have this treatment locally could only benefit those receiving it and may also help with the healing process.”
Notes to Editors
1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
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