A brand-new car is set to help brain cancer sufferers across the Newcastle and Hunter regions.
The Mark Hughes Foundation welcomed the unveiling of the Toyota Corolla at Horseshoe Beach today.
The car will allow the foundation’s Brain Cancer Care Coordinators (BCCCs) – who provide support for patients and families from diagnosis, through treatment, to discharge or end-of-life care – to expand their face-to-face services.
“The foundation employs two BCCCs in the Hunter New England Health District to help make the confusing and often frightening journey for brain cancer sufferers a little easier,” the charity’s founder, Mark Hughes, said.
“This funding has allowed us to purchase a dedicated car so the BCCCs can now expand their in-person visits to sufferers and their families.”
One of the BCCCs, Alisha Gooley, said the vehicle would make the team less reliant on their own cars or a pool car within the Hunter New England Health District.
“It allows [us] to attend patient appointments, to get there face-to face, and provide emotional support,” she said.
“Having the car is paramount to our work – it will help a lot of people; it’s going to make a huge impact on the way we deliver care.”
Newcastle Federal MP Sharon Claydon contributed $10,500 to the project through the Newcastle Stronger Communities program.
“I was privileged to be able to support this project. Increasing the face-to-face time that brain cancer sufferers can have with their BCCCs will make an enormous difference to so many people,” Ms Claydon said.
Newcastle State MP Tim Crakanthorp also contributed to the purchasing of the car.
His office gave $15,000 to the project through the Community Building Partnership program.
“This is going to make a huge difference to the level of care the BCCCs are able to provide to brain cancer sufferers when they need it the most,” he said.