A mammoth fundraising campaign has resulted in a massive £44,812 donation to help future patients at the Scott suite breast cancer unit at the Friarage Hospital.
Thanks to the Black Sheep Brewery’s ‘Big Push Up’ fundraising campaign specialist medical equipment has been provided to support the division of surgery’s breast service at the hospital.
A mammotome machine used in the breast department by consultant breast specialist, Rosalind Tetlow, and advanced practitioner, Gill Pyman, and a microtome used by a consultant pathologist – will help in both the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.
Examination couches have also been provided for the Scott and Mowbray suites at the hospital.
A host of fundraising events helped raise this fantastic amount enabling the brewery to provide the specialist equipment. A big thank you to everyone who helped and supported the brewery’s campaign.
An intrepid team from the Black Sheep completed an Arctic trek, led by team leader and business development manager, Brian Smith, riders Allan Russell, Mark Allison, John Oldridge and supported by Paul, Sue and Rob Theakston, to raise the money.
Friends, family and colleagues had all been touched by cancer at some time and the brewery team wanted to do something to help local patients at the Friarage. The hi-tech equipment will keep the Friarage at the forefront of breast cancer treatments.
The mammotome machine is used as a diagnostic tool – instead of conventional core biopsy – to gather more diagnostic information and in some cases it may be used as a treatment to remove small benign breast lumps. This reduces the need for patients to have general anaesthesia and surgery. The microtome is used by the division of pathology to provide finer tissue samples for diagnostic purposes and complements the work of the mammotome.
Rosalind Tetlow, consultant breast specialist, said: “The Friarage is the first hospital in England, other than the trial centres, to use the new mammotome machine.d by the division of pathology to provide finer tissue samples for diagnostic purposes and complements the work of the mammotome.
“We are very grateful to the Black Sheep Brewery for this wonderful donation. This is a fantastic achievement and will enable us to develop and enhance our diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer patients.”