Sir Jimmy Savile’s £50,000 donation to cancer unit

Posted on Jul 20, 2011

Sir Jimmy Savile made a return visit to the cancer unit at St James’s Hospital, Leeds in the region today to see first hand how a £50,000 donation under the “Savile Fellowship” is being used. The £4 million unit includes two CT scanners, devoted to research and the use of radiotherapy. It is one of the largest cancer centres in Europe.

Without Sir Jimmy’s personal financial support the Trust says it would not have been able to start the ground-breaking research trials which offer the chance of improving cancer treatment for patients.

At the opening of the unit a year ago, Sir Jimmy presented a personal donation of £50,000 to Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

He said today: “This is a move forward in the curing and helping of people. I hope it makes a lot of people a lot happier and a lot safer.”

This money has been used to fund equipment and the wage of Dr Robin Prestwich, who was appointed to the inaugural Savile Fellowship in April.

Without Sir Jimmy’s personal financial support the Trust says it would not have been able to start the ground-breaking research trials which offer the chance of improving cancer treatment for patients.

Dr Prestwich said his work was helping to research how radiotherapy can best be used.


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