All smiles for Scan­nap­peal’s to­tal suc­cess

Four years of fundrais­ing comes to an end

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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