The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is an Adelaide-based charity raising vital funds to support people in hospitals across South Australia through vital health and medical research and improved patient care.
The partnership between SuperCycle and THRF fits perfectly with THRF’s commitment to support families experiencing the heartbreak of cancer in South Australia. Funding for cancer research and patient care represents a large portion of THRF’s commitment to striving towards a healthy South Australia, and helping cancer patients by providing exceptional care and convenient, comfortable accommodation is a significant part of that.
For more information about The Hospital Research Foundation, click here.
UNDER OUR ROOF
The Hospital Research Foundation’s Under Our Roof project is providing accommodation for country cancer patients receiving treatment in Adelaide hospitals. Finding a place to stay close to the hospital during treatment periods is one of the major stressors for country patients.
Since inception in 2011, SuperCycle has raised over $2.6 million, funding the purchase of land and construction of the two purpose-built Under Our Roof homes in Woodville West, as well as a third apartment currently under construction in Bowden. The Bowden apartment is due to be completed in August 2020.
The unique part of Under Our Roof is that the homes built are designed specifically for families, allowing patients to have the all-important support networks around them, which ultimately aids in recovery and comfort when going through cancer treatment. This style of accommodation for country cancer patients is lacking in Adelaide, and is an identified need by doctors who treat rural cancer patients and is echoed by the patients themselves.
The Under Our Roof family homes are helping country cancer patients, like Felicity Plew, through the toughest times of their lives.
Felicity Plew and family.
The Darwin mother of five started experiencing abnormal headaches and problems with talking.
“I was pregnant at the time with my fifth child and everyone thought I just had baby brain,” Felicity says.
Soon after, she was sadly diagnosed with a brain tumour. After the birth of her son Jessie, the 32-year-old travelled to Adelaide for surgery to remove her tumour.
“The homes have taken away a lot of stress from such a difficult time. The kids have been able to have their own space, somewhere to run around and be normal kids,” Felicity says.
Felicity and her family are grateful to all the Riders, Support Crew, Sponsors and Donors of Mercer SuperCycle for helping make these homes a reality!
Under Our Roof located in Woodville West, South Australia
Since the first two Under Our Roof homes opened, demand has been significant and there is a need to build more family-style accommodation. In 2019, 20 patients and their families stayed at our two Under Our Roof homes, but sadly 40 families were turned away due to lack of availability. This highlights the urgent need for more homes.
Due to the continued high demand, riders and support crew in Mercer SuperCycle 2021 will be raising money to enable the construction and fit out of a fourth, much needed Under Our Roof home. With $601,000 already raised towards our fourth Under Our Roof home, Mercer SuperCycle 2021 aims to raise the $250,000 needed to purchase and build another essential home for country cancer patients and their families.