A SOUTHAMPTON hospital ward that treats thousands of people with cancer every year has had a significant boost in the form of a £21,000 donation.

Housebuilder Barratt Homes raised the money for the C3 Hamwic Oncology Ward at Southampton General Hospital.

The cash was raised throughout 2018 and, with the end of the year nearing, Barratt Homes workers visited to let hospital staff know the grand total.

Beth Hall, head of fundraising at Southampton Hospital Charity, said: “We were absolutely thrilled when we heard how much had been raised for the C3 Hamwic Oncology Ward.

"That kind of money can make a huge difference, and it has already been earmarked to help us refurbish a disabled toilet to make it fit for purpose in the waiting area.

"A huge thanks to everyone at Barratt Homes for their continued support.”

Richard Langton from Barratt Homes, received treatment on the ward himself only last year.

He said: “Being able to make gestures like this is one of the most rewarding things about working for a company like Barratt.

"Having recieved treatment for cancer at Southampton General Hospital myself, I know first hand that the money raised will make a difference not just to patients but their families too.”

It’s not the first time Barratt Homes has supported the ward.

Last year the company, which is building new homes across the region, donated more than £17,000.

It meant the hospital was able to buy several new comfy chairs, which patients use while receiving their chemotherapy treatment.