A BLOOD cancer expert has urged the public to continue to back an appeal to create a specialist unit that would help Isle of Wight patients.
The Red and White Appeal has already raised enough money for building work to start on the haematology day treatment unit at Southampton General Hospital, but about £200,000 is still needed to complete the project.
Consultant haematologist Matthew Jenner said: "We are delighted work can begin on this purpose-built facility which will prove vital for patients living with blood conditions such as leukaemia and myeloma.
"However, for patients to benefit from these new facilities as quickly as possible, we need to have reached the fundraising target of £1.76m as quickly as possible, so we are appealing to the public to extend their generosity and support the unit that little bit further to help us reach our goal."
The unit will not only provide treatment for people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, but will also be used by Channel Islands patients.
Southampton Hospital Charity fundraising officer Suzie Simmons said: "We have received a huge amount of support from the public for this appeal and we are so grateful.
"However we so desperately need these final funds in order to start providing help for these patients in the new facilities as quickly as
possible, so if anyone thinks they are a position to help us I would urge them to get in touch."
Anyone interested in supporting the campaign can contact 023 80 79 8881 or click here.