Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF) is a registered charity providing vital support to patients with blood cancer and other disorders, who attend the Haematology Centre at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital (RD&E).
ELF was founded in 1980 by Dr Miles Joyner, a consultant haematologist at the RD&E. Dr Joyner wished to improve the lives of patients with blood cancer and blood disorders through improved facilities, better equipment and the funding of research. Registered as a charity in 1987, today ELF is the leading patient-led support organisation for families affected by blood cancer in the South West. Over the past 35 years, ELF has:
- Helped fund and build the RD&E Haematology Centre
- Funded the building of a critical care unit at the RD&E's Yarty ward, the Chevithorne family suite
- Funded Haematological research projects
- Funded NHS nurses and support roles
Funded specialist equipment and fittings for the Haematology Centre.
We believe that every patient living with blood cancer is entitled to compassionate, tailored support throughout their journey; from initial diagnosis, during treatment and after treatment, at hospital and in the local community. We provide a range of services to support patients and their families throughout their illness to lighten the load.