More Fleetwood folk have joined a joint Weekly News and community campaign to try and reinstate a cancer treatment unit in the town.
A 1,500-name e-petition aiming to bring the chemotherapy service back to Fleetwood has been bolstered by our paper petition which has done the rounds of pensioners’ and residents’ groups in the town.
The paper version has attracted more than 1,300 names in just a couple of weeks.
Supporters say the unit, which ceased earlier this year when its 12-month trial ended, saves cancer patients a gruelling journey to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, for treatment.
The campaign has been backed by Larkholme Community Centre and other groups have joined the cause.
This week Coun Alan Marsh, the Fleetwood Town Council chairman who has links with the centre, said: “This shows the strength of feeling in the town, and the real need for this facility.”
Angela Patchett of Fleetwood Women’s Institute, said: “The Fleetwood unit saves cancer patients the time, expense and stress involved in travelling to get treatment.”
The original e-petition was set up by Paula Fowler, who lost her mother, Ann Bond, to breast cancer in December.
The chemo sessions, based at the privately-owned Health and Wellbeing Centre on Dock Street, proved hugely popular with cancer sufferers.
It was set up with £100,000 from Rosemere Cancer Foundation, which provided equipment and the cost of setting up the unit at Dock Street. But despite its success a key problem in reviving it is the cost of rent at Dock Street, or finding suitable alternative premises.
NHS Fylde & Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group says it is reviewing services, including cancer treatment, across the Fylde coast. The petition will be presented to health chiefs in the near future.