ACTION Appeal Plus is off to a flying start

Following the huge success of the ACTION Appeal, which reached its £750,000 target 4 months early, we are raising money for a specialist couch (pictured below) to accompany the new LINAC machine when it becomes operational in summer 2017. The couch, which can be tilted in several directions, will cost £166,000. The latest total (January 20th 2017) shows that our amazing supporters have already raised £155,447.31 - over 90% of the target total! We all aim to reach the target by the end of March.

The PerfectPitch™ couch will be of great benefit to patients, particularly those whose tumour site moves during their radiotherapy treatment. This can happen due to weight loss, for example, and usually requires extra appointments for re-scanning and treatment re-planning. Using the new couch, the radiotherapy team will be able to continue treating the tumour with great accuracy and the patient will be positioned in comfort.


Awards Evening to celebrate Fundraising 2017

On January 13th, our annual Awards Evening was held at the Shropshire Conference Centre - many thanks to the team there for all their help in hosting the event. We celebrated the achievements of some of the many people who contributed to making 2016 such a success for Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. The awards and certificates were presented by our Patron, The Hon. Lady Jane Heber-Percy and included five special awards. Our pictures (top to bottom, below) show Jon Fuller, Fundraiser of the Year, who raised £25,000; Volunteer of the Year, Jenny Bounds who works tirelessly to help others make their events happen, and Joy Marston, who was presented with the Eryl Williams Award. This is given in memory of the charity's former Fundraising Manager and celebrates the contribution of an individual who embodies the charity's values in practical ways.

In the past year, we have been delighted to see many examples of the contribution made by young people from our area. The award for Young Fundraiser of the Year was won by Sarah Astley of Llanfair Caereinion. It was sponsored by Paton Fever Wealth Management. West Mercia Supplies sponsored the Schools Fundraisers Award, which was won by Hadley Learning Community, Telford.


ACTION Appeal for the LINAC - target reached!!!!

You did it! Four months earlier than anticipated, the people of Shropshire and Mid Wales have pushed the ACTION Appeal over the finish line. At last, the jigsaw totaliser is complete and we're excited that patients will benefit from a new linear accelerator at the Lingen Davies Cancer Centre. It was a moment of celebration (as you can see from the photos below) as Radiotherapy Manager, Louise Killey, placed the final piece into the 1,000-piece jigsaw. So.....

....what next? Reaching the target early has opened up an opportunity to extend the ACTION Appeal. Our next target is £166,000 to purchase a PerfetPitch™ couch to go with the linear accelerator. The special couch can be tilted to exactly the right angle, so that patients are positioned comfortably and the linear accelerator delivers radiotherapy accurately, even if the treatment site becomes mis-aligned through weight loss, for example. The extension of the ACTION Appeal also means that our sought-after jigsaw badges are still available to fundraisers who raise £750 or more towards the couch!

A young supporter makes a big statement to support the charity

Sarah Astley, age 13, of Llanfair Caereinion chose the town's carnival as the occasion to have her head shaved to raise funds for the charity's ACTION Appeal. You might think that this is the last thing a teenager would be willing to do but Sarah and her family were determined to make an impact. Sarah's grandfather had received radiotherapy treatment at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital's Lingen Davies Cancer Centre, so the family knew first hand the importance of the smooth running of the equipment in avoiding delays and making the treatment less stressful. Sarah says that she wants to raise funds for the new linear accelerator because, 'without this, people like my grandad would have to wait a longer time to receive treatment, meaning cancer could spread quicker.' Sarah also spotted an opportunity to help younger cancer sufferers. She has donated her hair to The Little Princess Trust, which provides wigs for young cancer patients who have lost their hair through treatment. If you would like to read more about Sarah's Head Shave (pictured below) or support her fundraising efforts, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-Astley


2016 Shrewsbury Half Marathon Team

On June 19th, a team of intrepid runners ran the Shrewsbury Half Marathon to raise funds for our ACTION Appeal. They were cheered on by large crowds and supported by the charity's staff and volunteers who ran the St Mary's water station and a stand at the Showground. The event was organised by UK Run Chat Events who supplied the photo of Francesca Hutcheson and Dave Andrews, two of the runners raising funds for the ACTION Appeal through sponsorship.

Charity funds innovative patient care pilot project

The pilot project for an exciting new development in cancer care is about to be launched by the oncology team at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, funded by Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.

The project will provide prostate cancer patients who have reached the end of their hospital-based treatment, and chemotherapy patients, with a quick and easy way to get help and advice on their personal concerns about side-effects. They will be able to download an electronic support tool which helps them to monitor side effects and tells them when to contact hospital staff.

This innovative Digital Health Solution can be used on smart phones, tablets and home computers. It allows a patient to contact a member of the cancer care team direct to share information on side effects and check whether or not there is an urgent need for a hospital appointment. The new system will help staff ensure that they pick up patients with serious side effects and provide them with the right care, at the right time in the right place. It also offers the benefit of offering personalised advice and support to patients with non-urgent side effects in a way that suits them better than the current care model.  For these patients, the app will reduce the waiting time, anxiety, travel and disruption to daily life that attending a hospital-based appointment can entail.

Mr Andy Elves, Consultant Urologist and Clinical Lead on Patient Access, says, 'This is an opportunity to shift the focus of attention back to being patient-centred and to change patient care for the better.'

The pilot will receive financial support (from existing funds) from the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund. Funds currently being raised by supporters will continue to be directed to the charity's ACTION Appeal for a new linear accelerator machine for Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. The ACTION Appeal recently reached the £500,000 milestone.