Improving services for patients with cancer

Your donations help fund specialist care, state-of-the-art equipment, and groundbreaking research in cancer care at our hospitals

One-off donation to cancer services

Monthly donation to cancer services

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Our hospitals treat cancer patients from all over the boroughs of Barking, Havering, Redbridge and Dagenham. Serving one of the largest populations of any acute trust in the UK, we look after more than 5,000 cancer patients a year, as well as providing facilities for their loved ones.

What our amazing supporters have already helped fund:

Complementary Therapy Service

We offer a selection of complementary therapies to our cancer patients. The room is a place for patients to relax and receive treatment to help ease anxiety as they journey with cancer. We have provided massage oils, salts, radios and furnishing for the room to help keep the ambience nice and relaxing.

Therapies offered include: 

  • Aromatherapy
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Reflexology
  • Bach flower remedies

Services like this would not be possible without the kindness and support of our community.

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Other ways we support cancer services

  • Cancer Haircare UK workshop for cancer patients dealing with hair loss
  • Lightboxes in oncology
  • Televisions and radios to help boost mental wellbeing and elevate moods
  • Bladder scanning machines to improve patient comfort and minimize delays in patient treatments
  • Cold caps - a hat worn during some chemotherapy sessions. It works by cooling the scalp to reduce blood flow. This in turn limits the chemotherapy medication reaching the scalp, effectively minimising hair loss.

Maria Souglais' story


Maria Sgouralis was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma cancer in September 2022. Since then, she has been bravely battling her illness and has undergone several chemotherapy sessions in our Sunflower Suite at Queen’s Hospital. Maria’s life was turned upside down suddenly when she found out her diagnosis. She was a primary school teacher in Essex, which she thoroughly enjoyed but after her diagnosis, could no longer do the job she loved.

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Maria said: “Instead of reading time and colouring, I had antiseptic hospital rooms and painful chemotherapy treatment.”

Although Maria has a long road to recovery, she has shown courage and strength to fight her illness, and this was helped by the amazing care and support she received from staff in our Sunflower Suite and Oncology department.

She added: “The staff have been absolutely wonderful, such high-quality care and I couldn’t have wished for anything better.”

Maria successfully raised funds through a JustGiving page, and also received an additional donation from Wanstead & Woodford Lions Club, of which she is a member. Maria, along with her family and the President and Zone Chair of Wanstead & Woodford Lions Club, presented a generous donation of £4,500 to our charity and the Sunflower Suite team on Tuesday 25th April. Maria proudly rang the End of Treatment Bell, marking the end of her chemotherapy treatment, surrounded by her loved ones and the team who provided her with care.

Help us to improve cancer services

With your help we can improve cancer services for patients both now and in the future.

Donate to cancer services

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