Who need three homes you may ask? Especially when they are in the same part of the world.
But when it means cancer patients can have the best possible treatment care closer to their homes, eliminating the need for a two hour round trip every day for up to six weeks whilst suffering from the disease, then it’s a very important requirement.
Our new radiotherapy centre opens in Salford next month and this week we’re having a series of special preview tours for different groups. VIPs, fundraisers and member will get an exclusive look round the new £18 million centre to see the high-quality environment and high-tech facilities. Visiting supporters include Holts Brewery who have generously raised £250,000 for the impressive reception. We could simply not achieve developments like these without the outstanding support from companies such as Holts, who have supported us for over 100 years, as well as local people. Russell Watson the Salford-born opera signer, who we treated with radiotherapy for a brain tumour in 2008, will also visit the centre tomorrow. It looks fabulous if I say so myself.
We look forward to showing everyone around over the next few days and so very proud that we now have three homes. Homes that will save lives and there can be no greater reason to open the doors than that.
I’m very focused on wellbeing at the moment after giving a key note Patron speech on the subject at the Network National business women’s event in Newcastle this weekend. The theme of the event was wellbeing and celebrated their 30th anniversary.
It was a great atmosphere and a real pleasure to join a group of bright, bubby and friendly women, but it reminded me about the importance of wellbeing, not just in ourselves but also in our employees.
Wellbeing is one of the most important aspects our lives – underpinning everything we do, how we think, feel, act and behave but the statistics about the impact of poor health on individuals and companies are quite shocking. The cost of ill health to the British economy is more than £100 million, but the UK economy could gain £12 billion in productivity if wellbeing levels were to rise by just 7%.
We all need to be pro-active about a healthy workplace and lead by example. I talked about our wellbeing programme at The Christie at the conference and used a brilliant quote from the entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, “Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied and even joyous. That has more effect on economic wellbeing that any other single factor.”
Because we’re all worth it……