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Lingen Davies Ruby Appeal, raising £1.25M to improve local cancer services

Ruby Appeal

We are delighted to launch the Lingen Davies Ruby Appeal – it’s our 40th Anniversary on June 5th 2019, and to celebrate we want to raise £1.25million to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in our community. The Lingen Davies Ruby Appeal is focused on three key areas of work supporting people throughout their experience of cancer. Our appeal themes are: Improving Cancer Prevention and Early Detection We will:

  • Actively engage in public awareness campaigns, along with local and national partners;
  • Invest in equipment to detect cancers and provide diagnoses at the earliest possible stage;
  • Provide credible online information and support for people concerned about cancer or who have recently been diagnosed.

Enhancing Cancer Treatment Services We will:

  • Invest in ‘Kit to Combat Cancer’, ensuring that local health services are able to provide ‘above and beyond’ treatment to patients;
  • Support the employment of specialist staff to provide additional support to cancer patients;
  • Support projects that limit travelling distances for patients and facilitate treatment delivered closer to home or remotely.

Supporting People Living Beyond Cancer We will:

  • Support programmes of work focused on recovery, survivorship and wellbeing. This may include funding the recruitment of specialist staff;
  • Provide current, relevant online information to support patients in their recovery;
  • Continue to invest in innovative support programmes for patients during and after treatment, including digital health initiatives.

Our appeal will be funding the following exciting projects to support excellent services in our local community:

  • MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy Machine- Great News! This project has now been funded!
  • Colorectal Scope Guides- Great News! This project has now been funded!
  • PICC Placement Machine and PICC Passports
  • “Get Active, Feel Good” Programme

MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy Machine **Great News- This project has now been funded!**

As part of our 40th Anniversary Appeal, we will be raising funds for an MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy Machine. Prostate cancer can only be diagnosed by taking samples from the prostate. A standard needle biopsy is taken randomly from the prostate, and this can result in patients having repeated biopsies, or the tumour being missed. If cancer is still suspected, the patient will be sent for another biopsy with the MRI Guided machine.

The new machine uses MRI images to allow targeted biopsies of the tumour, making them more accurate and reducing the need for them to be repeated. There is no such machine currently available in our area.

The MRI Guided Prostate Biopsy Machine will help to:

  • Improve accuracy of diagnoses;
  • Reduce the number of biopsies patients need, and support quick recovery from procedures;
  • Keep technology available locally and prevent patients from having to travel for specialist biopsies.

Colorectal Scope Guides **Great News- This project has now been funded!**

As part of the charity’s 40th Anniversary Appeal Lingen Davies Cancer Fund is raising funds for two additional Colorectal Scope Guides for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, to help improve patient comfort and accuracy for bowel cancer diagnosis.

The Scope Guides ‘bolt on’ on to a colonoscope to provide a 3D representation of the shape and position of the endoscope inside the body, making it easier to move around the colon and more comfortable for patients.

The Scope Guide will help to:

  • Make sure cancers are detected early;
  • Make procedures shorter and more comfortable;
  • Improve accuracy and reduce the frequency of failed procedures;
  • Ensure more patients can be seen and waiting times are reduced.

“Get Active, Feel Good”

We’re working with Shropshire Council’s public health team to support the “Get Active, Feel Good” programme, which has been operating since 2012. The scheme, delivered by Lifestyle Fitness Ltd on behalf of Shropshire Council Public Health, supports people with cancer to feel better through increasing their levels of physical activity and moving around more.

With current funding coming to an end, Lingen Davies have agreed to support the continuation of the project, which will now be expanded to operate in community venues across the region, as well as its current bases at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals.

We’ve got two more projects still to announce- we’ll be working on some exciting new projects to provide information and support to local people, and make sure that we are making the best possible contribution to services in our community. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on the appeal and please have a look around our site for ways you might be able to help – we really can’t do it without you!

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