Jenny Farrell from Wootton Wawen is one of the volunteers leading the fundraising effort.

“It is to get a little bit more of the comfortable things,” she explained. “And it is being able to buy better equipment.”

Four years ago Jenny helped raise £650,000 for the Aylesford cancer unit at Warwick Hospital. Six chemotherapy chairs were initially installed, now there are 12.

“I have met so many people since then who have said you’ve no idea the difference that it’s made,” she said.

“A lot of people having chemotherapy have to be in one position for several hours at a time.”

Work on Stratford’s new £22 million hospital, which is being built on the existing minor injuries unit site on Arden Street, is due to start in Autumn.

Announced in January, the project initially had a budget of £20m but that’s been increased.

The hospital is not going to have an A&E department, but will have a specialised cancer ward and eye unit.

The NHS are building it because the number of homes in Stratford is rapidly increasing.

A spokesperson said: “The £1million fundraising support pays for enhancements that we cannot use NHS money for but that we know make a real difference to patients.”

It is for equipment that is above ‘standard’.

A lot of the extras at Warwick Hospital's Aylesford Unit were paid for out of money raised by the community.

A lot of the extras at Warwick Hospital’s Aylesford Unit were paid for out of money raised by the community.

“If someone is coming into the hospital to have perhaps eight hours of chemotherapy, it is important that the environment does not feel like a hospital and therefore things like the flooring and artwork really make a difference.

“For example we could buy a standard pump to deliver chemotherapy medication to patients, however the fundraising support enables us to buy dedicated chemotherapy pumps which are more comfortable for patients.”

Jenny found the public helpful when raising money for the Aylesford unit and she’s hoping the people of Stratford will get involved over the next two years.

“Everybody knows somebody who’s got cancer,” she said.

Glen Burley, Chief Executive of South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have the capital funding in place to build the new hospital, so the fundraising campaign will hopefully allow us to fulfil our pledge to make it one of the best of its kind in the country, with the best possible facilities and creating an environment which the people of Stratford will be proud to call their hospital for years to come.”

Although the majority of the fundraisers are volunteers, the trust has recently employed ex-Shakespeare Hospice fundraiser Ali Gray as a Fundraising Manager.

She is not only raising money for this appeal, but also for the one at Leamington Spa Hospital and for other wards and teams across Warwickshire. Her salary is not coming out of the £1 million.