Hospital opens new cancer facilities thanks to work of Tom Bowdidge Foundation

Nikki Bowdidge, Emma Bowdidge and Richard Bowdidge cutting a ribbon in Tom�'s favourite colour of bl

Nikki Bowdidge, Emma Bowdidge and Richard Bowdidge cutting a ribbon in Tom�'s favourite colour of blue across the door of the Young Adults Clinic Room in the Mary Barron Suite. Picture: COLCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL - Credit: Archant

New cancer facilities have been opened at Colchester General Hospital, thanks to the fundraising efforts of a charity set up in memory of an inspirational teenager.

Tom Bowdidge

Tom Bowdidge - Credit: Archant

The three spaces will be used to treat teenagers and young adults, and cost £25,000 with funds from the Tom Bowdidge Foundation.

The charity was set up in memory of Tom who, at just 19-years-old, was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumour and extensive peritoneal disease.

Thanks to the charity’s hard work, the hospital can now make use of a new quiet space, chemotherapy room for outpatients, and single en-suite room.

A spokesman for Colchester General Hospital said: “We are extremely grateful to the Bowdidge family for the support they have given to the Trust and the facilities they have helped to fund for teenagers and young adults with cancer.

“We are sure they will be of great benefit and appreciated by our patients.”