A plaque was today (2 September) unveiled at the City Hospital in memory of a patient who was treated there twelve years ago, and in honour of the charitable foundation set up in his name.
Basil Skyers, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, was treated at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the City Hospital after being diagnosed in 2008 with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood. Basil sadly passed away in 2010 at the age of 49.
His sister, Dr Sophia Skyers, set up the Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation in memory of her brother, to support other patients with myeloma. The Foundation has since given more than £80,000 to hospitals in Nottingham, across the East Midlands region, and nationally.
Unveiling the plaque in honour of her brother, Sophia said: “It is wonderful that some 10 years on, Basil remains in the hearts and minds of everyone who cared for him, and who continue to treasure his memory. I want to thank NUH for recognising the work of the Foundation in this way.
“The consistency in support the Foundation has received from Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, the wider community from across Nottingham, the East Midland region, the South East, and internationally, has quite frankly been amazing and I would like to thank everyone for turning, what was an aspiration I talked about with Basil on the last day of his life, into a permanent legacy.”
Joining Sophia for the unveiling of the plaque was her and Basil’s father, Dr Richard Skyers, Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals, and Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
Barbara said: “Thanks to the Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation we have been able to fund a whole range of specialist equipment and extra services for patients with multiple myeloma, such as complementary therapy and a bank of special cushioned wheelchairs that are available for patients who need them at various stages of treatment and recovery.”
For more information about the Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation please click here.