Join our 2016 Shrewsbury Half Marathon Team
On June 19th, a team of intrepid runners will be running this year's Shrewsbury Half Marathon to raise funds for our ACTION Appeal. If you would like to apply for one of our places, click on the link, complete the Application Form and return it to us by Saturday 30th April.
Half a Million reached!
We are delighted to announce that our ACTION appeal has passed the half million pound mark. Our current total is £503,639.21. See appeal page for more details.
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.
Bryony runs her first Marathon for the ACTION Appeal
Bryony Price, a Bariatric Specialist Nurse at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, is training hard for the 2016 London Marathon. Along with four others representing the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, Bryony will be taking her place on the start line at next month's Marathon to raise funds for our ACTION Appeal. Bryony runs a support group for bariatric surgery patients to help encourage weight loss. So, she decided to follow her own advice on taking regular exercise a step further. You can help Bryony to reach her £1,500 target at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BryonyPrice Our other London Marathon runners are Francesca Hutcheson, Tom Groves, Andy Dawson and Peter Eatough. Good luck and thanks to all of them.
Calling all Walkers
Do you like walking or fancy a challenge? Two of our supporters, David and Jane from Oswestry, have written and published a local walking guide, 'The Oswestry Round', describing a 33-mile circular route around the border market town. The guide was written to raise funds for the Charity, and a weekend fundraising challenge covering the whole route will take place on the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of June. The route follows Offa's Dyke Path on the West side of town and the canal system on the East side.
The 'Oswestry Round Challenge' event is a relatively tough 1-day walk, though the route can be covered over two days by those preferring to take more time. It starts and finishes at the Lion Quays, one of the guide book's main sponsors. Money raised from event entries and sponsorship will go to the Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Cancer Research UK. You can find more information and Challenge entry details at www.oswestryround.co.uk See poster for further details.