Women rugby play­ers raise thou­sands for screen­ing ser­vice

Macclesfield Express - - WILDLIFE -

WOMEN at Mac­cles­field RUFC have raised al­most £2,000 for breast screen­ing ser­vice.

Ladies con­nected to Mac­cles­field RUFC raised £1,798 through host­ing a ladies’ lunch which saw al­most 100 at­ten­dees dress up in their most glam­orous garb and take part in ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing raf­fles and an auc­tion.

A fur­ther £145 was raised for the breast screen­ing unit through a sep­a­rate raf­fle in sup­port of one of the ladies’ friends who was re­cently di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer.

The £1,943 to­tal is even more than the £1,550 the ladies raised for the breast cen­tre through the same event last year.

The money raised will go to Vic­to­ria Breast Cen­tre, op­er­ated by East Cheshire NHS Trust, which hopes to com­bine both sums with funds from the first ladies’ lunch back in 2013 to en­hance its breast scan­ning ser­vice.

Co-or­gan­is­ers of the event – Mac­cles­field RUFC ad­min­is­tra­tor Bev Roberts and club sup­porter Sarah Davies – pre­sented East Cheshire NHS Trust chair­man Lynn McGill and Vic­to­ria Breast Cen­tre con­sul­tant Dr Mike Crotch-Har­vey with their do­na­tion.

Sarah said: “All in all, the ladies’ lunch was a fan­tas­tic day and £1,798 was raised for a most wor­thy cause.

“The amount was even more than we raised last year and al­most three times the amount raised at our first ladies lunch in 2013.

“We wanted to sup­port our lo­cal breast screen­ing unit be­cause breast can­cer is some­thing that touches so many women – I think all of us will know some­one who has been af­fected in some way.

“Thank you to ev­ery­one who at­tended and a spe­cial thank-you to the lo­cal busi­nesses who do­nated some in­cred­i­ble prizes, along with the first-team play­ers who gave up their time to wait ta­bles, serve drinks and sell raf­fle tick­ets.”

East Cheshire NHS Trust chair­man Lynn McGill said: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to the ladies of Mac­cles­field Rugby Club for their fan­tas­tic fundrais­ing work over the last three years.

“Their do­na­tions will be put to good use by fur­ther en­hanc­ing the ser­vice we pro­vide to lo­cal women and some­times also male pa­tients at the Vic­to­ria Cen­tre.

“In ad­di­tion to pa­tients who are re­ferred for screen­ing to in­ves­ti­gate any anom­alies, these pa­tients are au­to­mat­i­cally in­vited to an ap­point­ment once they reach the age of 50, so count­less lo­cal women, and by ex­ten­sion their fam­i­lies, stand to ben­e­fit from any en­hance­ments we are able to make to the cen­tre.”

The Vic­to­ria Cen­tre is lo­cated on the ground floor of New Alder­ley House on the Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal site.

● Breast Cen­tre con­sul­tant Dr Mike Crotch-Har­vey, East Cheshire ● NHS Trust chair­man Lynn McGill, Mac­cles­field RUFC ad­min sec­re­tary and event or­gan­iser Bev Roberts and co-or­gan­iser Sarah Davies

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