We are Lingen Davies Cancer Fund; we exist to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin & Mid Wales.

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What we’re fundraising for NOW!

We’ve been supporting local cancer services for over 40 years, and we’re now aiming to raise £1.3 million to continue to maintain and improve these services.

Everything we fund makes a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales – please support us in any way you can, to help us keep cancer services local.

Our fundraising target will fund, the ‘Live Well’ Project, an extension to the Cancer Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, and a new CT scanner. Read on to find out why we’re funding these and the difference they will make.

 

‘Live Well’ Cancer Prevention and Early Diagnosis Health Promotion Project

Our Lingen Davies Live Well project will be available, free of charge, to visit communities across Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales. We will be able to bring our health-promotion van to communities, local events and organisations. We are happy to offer a stand-alone event or to participate in community events; this could be a health fair, festival, fetes, show or meeting. Our van will hold a wealth of information resources, and we will help people to find online information if they choose.  We’ll also bring lots of interactive fun such as quizzes, games, competitions and free handouts. We are able to provide presentations, talks and workshops on a range of cancer-related topics to community groups, school colleges and workplaces.

Aims

We want to reach as many people as possible to raise awareness and encourage people to take action. Our key themes include:

  • Early detection of cancer: increase people’s awareness of early signs and symptoms e.g. breast, prostrate, bowel, ovarian and skin cancers.
  • Promoting the uptake of cancer screening e.g. bowel, breast, cervical cancers, linking with national cancer awareness initiatives
  • Reducing lifestyle-related risks of cancer: tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, obesity and unhealthy diet and skin cancer & sun safety.

During COVID-19 lockdown people haven’t been coming forward with signs or symptoms that could be cancer. Every week during this period, it’s estimated that over 2,300 cancer cases (CRUK) are likely to be going undiagnosed across the UK – and these will be stacking up over time as many people are giving health services a wide berth during this period. Cancer doesn’t stop just because of a coronavirus pandemic, and early diagnosis is as vital as it’s ever been. As 4 out of 10 cases of cancer are preventable it also remains as important as ever to help people is take action to reduce the risk of developing preventable cancers.

Lingen Davies Cancer Fund is hugely aware of the need to encourage people to look beyond COVID to consider other important aspects of their health.  Once COVID-19 restrictions ease sufficiently and health services re-start, we will be launching a new, free, ‘Live Well’ project to address these key concerns.

A New CT Scanner

The current CT scanner was purchased for multi-department use and replacing it means patients will have access to a dedicated and modern CT scanner, used specifically to plan cancer treatments.

 

The CT scanner will:

  • Enable to current, best-possible service to continue
  • Provide a fantastic opportunity to improve treatment options and potentially, outcomes for patients
  • Provide a more individualised treatment for patients
  • Reduce the damage to healthy cells and decrease patient side-effects
  • Allow us to offer more complex and cutting-edge treatments that aren’t currently available in our region
  • Reduce radiation doses by up to 50%
  • Reduce delays in patient scanning and treatment

An Extension to the Cancer Centre at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

As we now expect 1 in 2 people to be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, there is a growing need for more space within our cancer centre to be able to offer our patients the best possible care.

 

Why do we need more space?

  • New cancer diagnoses increase every year, putting pressure on time and space in the centre
  • An increase in clinical staff means the need for an increase in clinic space
  • More patients are on long-term treatments which often requires frequent contact with the oncology team

Three new Clinic rooms will:

  • Allow oncology staff to schedule additional clinics, as and when required
  • Allow urgent unexpected patients to be seen promptly
  • Provide a private space for Oncology staff to inform new patients of their diagnosis
  • Eliminate out-patient, follow up, appointment delays
  • Improve patient experience

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