Ely Freemasons’ donation raises the PULSE for Fenland cancer patients

ely pulseStaff at the Oncology unit prior to lockdown

Freemasons from Descensus Aquarum Lodge, which meets at the Masonic Centre in Silver Street, Ely, have raised £180 for the local health charity PULSE. The donation will help to support the charity’s Oncology Unit which is based at St. George’s Medical Centre in Littleport.

The Oncology unit at St George’s was started in May 2014 to provide cancer treatments for residents of “The Isle of Ely” and other local towns and villages. The location and service provided by this Oncology unit has become a valuable resource during the Covid-19 pandemic. Because it is located away from the Addenbrooke's site, it was considered safe for patients to attend for ongoing treatments. Addenbrooke's asked St George's if they could double treatments, so that fewer vulnerable patients needed to attend the hospital. PULSE secured a grant from the Lottery Fund, and this has helped to double the provision. Patient numbers rose steadily from April 2020 onwards, with treatments more than doubling in some months, compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Siobhan Carew, Secretary of the PULSE charity said

We are incredibly grateful for this this funding from Descensus Aquarum Lodge. This will help to fund the extra demands for this clinic being experienced now and, in the future, and when the pandemic ends, we are expecting the demands to increase yet again.

John Sinclair, Charity Steward of Descensus Aquarum Lodge said

This is a valuable local charity that needs our support to underpin the treatment of local people for the foreseeable future.

The Oncology unit is an ongoing valuable resource for the people of the Fens, Isle of Ely and further afield. It is hoped to secure additional funding to underpin delivery of treatment for the foreseeable future, as there is general recognition that it will be some time before medical treatment returns to what it was before the pandemic.

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