The Leukaemia Foundation was the recipient of a 2016 Dry July Foundation grant to refurbish accommodation units in Western Australia, in order to provide a high standard of accommodation to patients with blood cancer and their families.
The Leukaemia Foundation provides 10 units of accommodation in Perth, eight of which are located in the Perth suburb of Bassendean. These eight units are in high demand, but due to the age of the units the Foundation used the grant to undertake some internal upgrades to ensure the units provide people with blood cancer and their families with the best possible type of accommodation whilst they utilise these facilities as their ‘home away from home’.
The upgrade included the purchase, installation and replacement of furniture and whitegoods for these accommodation units.
The Leukaemia Foundation accommodation coordinator Lara Andreson explains the new furniture has enlivened the patient apartments in Bassendean. “Many people diagnosed with a blood cancer have to uproot their families and leave their home to be close to treatment, often with little notice and no idea of where they’ll stay or how long they’ll be away,” Ms Andreson said.
“Last year we had more than 200 families stay in our accommodation. With this number of people staying with us household items get quite a work out, that’s why the support of Dry July in the provision of brand new furniture and whitegoods makes such a difference.
“It has helped spruce up the units and given them a new lease of life. The families who stay with us are going through such a tough time, it is feels good to, not only provide them with a roof over their head, but one that has lovely new, modern furniture and white goods,” she said.
A guest patient said, “We were rapt just having a roof over our heads, with no out of pocket expenses, during treatment in the city, let alone having a unit with lovely new furniture!
“To see other charities like Dry July recognising the value of such a service and supporting it with a grant for new furniture and whitegoods is so special, we are very grateful."
To assist in reducing the enormous stress placed on patients and families whilst they receive their treatment the Leukaemia Foundation is committed to providing a standard of accommodation that meets a high quality of health and safety which is cost free and, hopefully, close to the standard they are used to in their own homes.