Leah Russell, her partner Wade and son Seth with our CISS Director Sandy McKiernan and CEO Ashley Reid.
Renovations at our Lodges are currently underway. Upon completion, we expect to be able to be able to reduce waiting lists and accommodate an estimated 300 extra country cancer patients in Perth each year at our Crawford Lodge and Milroy Lodge.
The refurbishment of the Lodges has been prompted by growing waiting lists, particularly in the last two years. Last financial year we accommodated close to 5,000 people from around WA.
Our CEO Ashley Reid said the lodges provide invaluable accommodation for country patients who need to temporarily relocate to Perth for cancer treatment.
“I am delighted to announce this expansion because we know these facilities are highly valued by our guests,” said Mr Reid. “It’s also been difficult for our staff to turn people away due to a lack of room availability when we know there are genuinely people in need of accommodation during their cancer treatment in Perth.”
Wickham resident Leah Russell has stayed with her partner Wade and son Seth at our Crawford Lodge many times since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.
“Without this place, my treatment in Perth would not be possible,” said Leah. “It really is a ‘home away from home’ where you feel like you are part of a family.”
“Crawford Lodge is brilliant and I know a lot of people would struggle without it,” she said.
The refurbishments will create nine new guest rooms, with six new rooms under construction at Crawford Lodge and the remaining three rooms at Milroy Lodge.
The work, which is expected to be completed by early September, includes construction of a family unit at Crawford Lodge which will enable us to accommodate a family of six for the first time. New kitchen and laundry facilities will also be constructed at Crawford Lodge.
The funding for these renovations has been secured through a Lotterywest grant of $1.5 million, $300,000 from Dry July fundraising and other private donations.
“As a community funded organisation, we are very grateful to the generosity of our donors and supporters who have made this work possible,” said Mr Reid.
Learn more about our Lodges on our Support Services page or contact us on 13 11 20.