Patients undergoing cancer treatment at the Launceston General Hospital will now be able to enjoy blue skies after a mammoth fundraising effort.
A sky ceiling has been installed in the newly refurbished radiation treatment room, with another set to be installed when the second treatment room is upgraded.
The sky ceiling gives patients the illusion of looking into the sky while undergoing treatment.
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The Holman Clinic and Cancer Ward Auxiliary began fundraising in 2018 with an initial goal of raising $40,000 to install one sky ceiling.
Auxiliary president Lynda Eastwood said because of the success of their fundraising effort they would now be able to fund two.
"Just $40,000 was actually our original target," she said.
"We had a car raffle and a cocktail party with an auction as well.
"At the end of the day after selling the raffle tickets throughout the North of Tasmania and our cocktail party we actually raised almost $84,000."
She said the ceilings provided therapeutic benefits to patients going through radiation treatments.
"There has been a lot of evidence based research that indicates access to nature or nature imagery support healing, reduces stress and anxiety," Ms Eastwood said.
"[They] have been installed in health care environments around the world to promote patient relaxation, provide positive distraction and improve the patient's experience.
"The benefits of having a sky ceiling in the radiation room aligned perfectly with the Holman Clinic Auxiliary's aims, to provide care and comfort to cancer patients at the clinic.
"Really it was a no brainer to fund it."
Ms Eastwood said every dollar donated to the auxiliary would be used on the clinic and to help cancer patients.
She wanted to thank everyone who supported their fundraising efforts.
"Acknowledgement must be given to the Ponting Foundation for the $20,000 grant received, together with the continued support and donations from so many Tasmanian businesses, Riverside and Perth Lions Clubs, and the Tasmanian public, who have supported the Holman Clinic Auxiliary for over 41 years," she said.
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