Project information

The Chevithorne Appeal - en-suite bathroom

Patients of blood cancers and blood disorders such as leukaemias, lymphomas and myelomas across Devon are treated at the RD&E. The Chevithorne Appeal will fund a suite for patients and their families so that they can be together during times of critical or end of life care.

March 2015 - December 2016

Charity information: Exeter Leukaemia Fund Cio

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  • Need


    Blood cancer and blood disorder patients are more likely to die in hospital than at home or in a hospice due to the intensity of treatment needed right up until the end; and because patients are often treated for long periods on the ward and grow to know and trust the staff.

    Currently in times of critical or end of life care, there is nowhere for family members to stay making already difficult times harder. ELF believes that patients should be with their loved ones at these times.


    The Chevithorne Appeal will raise £420,000 to fund a suite of rooms for patients and their families so that they can be together whilst still receiving the tailored medical care at the hospital. Family members can sleep within the suite in a separate bedroom and will have home comforts to make their stay as “normal” as possible all within the Haematology Ward. The en-suite bathroom will enable families to have a comfortable stay.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enable families to have the privacy of their own bathroom whilst staying with loved ones.


    » Build an ensuite bathroom as part of the extension to the Haematology Ward at the RD&E.

    What success will look like

    Success will be enabling over 30 families to be together during times of critical illness or end of life in the first year.

  • Impact


    The project will enable the Haematology Ward staff to provide the very best palliative care.
    We will evaluate the success of the suite of rooms by looking at occupancy, outcomes for families and ease for staff.
    We would look to maintain an occupancy level of over 80% and care for over 30 families within the suite each year.


    There is a risk that the money will not be raised in time for the finish of the build. We have mitigated this risk by building up good reserves as a charity. We can replenish this after the building work has commenced.


    Funders will receive a quarterly newsletter updating them on the project and where funding levels are at. They will be invited to key events such as the opening of the suite.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,750

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      Amount Heading Description
      £500 Sink wash hand basin
      £1,500 Shower to include shower tray
      £1,500 Toilet complete unit
      £1,250 IPS Integrated Plumbing Solution
  • Background


    The family suite will be located as an extension of the Yarty Ward at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, Exeter. it treats patients from all over Devon, some of Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall.


    Blood cancers and blood disorders can affect anyone regardless of age, sex and lifestyle choices. The family suite can be used by any patient and will also be used for teenagers and young adults where privacy and distraction technology are more necessary.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Exeter Leukaemia Fund has supported patients in the Yarty Ward for 28 years. It works very closely with the NHS and understadns the needs of patients, family and staff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Miles Joyner

    The Chair of ELF and founder of ELF. His knowledge and direction is critical to this project.

    Dr Anthony Todd

    Dr Todd is a consultant within the Yarty ward and is the lead on the family suite.

    Mags Naylor

    Chief Executive of ELF

    Alison Upton

    Fundraiser leading on Capital Appeal

Image of the family suite

Image of the family suite


Will pay for a sink for the ensuite bathroom

Patients need not only excellent physical care but comfort, privacy, dignity, and the opportunity for loved ones to be able to stay with them.

Dr Tony Todd