All smiles for Scannappeal’s total success
Four years of fundraising comes to an end
In an evening reception held at the hospital with specially invited guests, William Baxter CBE, Chairman of Scannappeal’s Board of Trustees, shared his heartfelt thanks for the ‘incredible’ fundraising effort, which had transformed the digital breast cancer screening service for local people in Wycombe and Aylesbury area. He said: “The Bucks Breast Cancer Appeal, which launched in 2012, has raised over half a million pounds - an incredible achievement.
“This brand new equipment has already gone a long way towards substantially helping to improve the early diagnosis of breast cancer.”
He added: “Our supporters have really gone the extra mile this time and we’ve seen everything from Elvis fundraising evenings, to mountain climbing, swimming and bike riding to help raise vital funds. On behalf of everyone involved with Scannappeal, I must say a huge thank you to our volunteers who have given their time, energy and skill; to the entire breast cancer unit team here at Wycombe Hospital, our wonderful donors, supporters and trustees along with everyone involved in the Charity team for this monumental effort.”
Guests on the night included Scannappeal patron, Countess Elizabeth Howe, who unveiled the Charity’s ‘Tree of Life’ plaque, which highlighted the names of all those people who had donated towards the appeal, Dr Vaishali Gada, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Breast Screening Director at Wycombe and breast cancer patients Jane Bowley and Fiona Cross, who shared their experiences of the breast cancer service and treatment provided at both Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals.
Dr Gada, who has worked at Wycombe Hospital for over 10 years, commented: “The new technology for screening our patients is simply phenomenal.
“Being able to analyse digital images millimetre by millimetre on a computer screen means we can identify cancer much earlier, especially smaller cancers that might be more difficult to detect on the analogue system we had previously. We have diagnosed 500 cases of cancer already this year.”
She added: “We are so very lucky to have this cutting-edge equipment (3D mammography) here at Wycombe Hospital and are one of the only units in the region to have it. Thank you to Scannappeal and everyone who supported this campaign. Providing the very best of care for our patients is at the heart of what we do here at Wycombe Hospital, and with this exceptional digital and 3D breast screening technology, we can continue to do just that.”