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Local businesses and community groups visited the Nepean cancer Care Centre to meet patients and see the chairs in use. 

Donation a comfort to cancer patients

15 Feb 2018

 

Chemotherapy patients at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre now have the comfort of 11 new, specially-designed chairs, each valued at $7,000.

The donation has been made possible by the incredible generosity of local businesses and community organisations. Lead by charitable group 'Our Community Cares', businesses and groups including the Lions Club of Emu Plains, Nepean Business Network, The Great Walk Foundation, Helping Hands, Emu Sports Club, Property Central and Café 2773, teamed up to donate and fundraise $77,000 to purchase the 11 chairs.

“We greatly appreciate the donation from our local community and all the groups who have contributed to these chairs, which are a great success and, I understand, an Australian-first in relation to this type of chair,” says Ashley O’Rourke, Nurse Manager for Cancer Services.

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Representatives of the Lions Club of Emu Plains

The chairs were designed based on suggestions and feedback from Nepean Cancer Care Centre staff and patients. Staff conducted a year long trial of different chairs to identify a design that provided maximum patient comfort and met clinical care requirements for patients.

Clinical Nurse Consultant for Cancer Care, Louise Maher says, “Every patient I have asked is extremely pleased that they were involved in the trial of this chair and they had a huge voice and drove us to make sure that we got the right chair. We listened to our patients, we surveyed them, they were included in every decision we made – including colours.”