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

Ruby Appeal

It’s our 40th Anniversary on June 5th 2019, and to celebrate we wanted to raise £1.25million to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in our community – amazing news….we did this 3 weeks early!! 

With three weeks to go ,we hit our target! We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us through the last couple of years. Of course, we’re not stopping here!  We have recently agreed to fund two Endobronchial Ultrasound Scopes; tools to support diagnosis of lung cancers, and funds raised now will go towards this project. Lung Cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, and around 350 people are diagnosed with it in our region each year. Any money raised in the next few weeks and months will help us to fund this equipment.

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
  • Two Endoscopic Ultrasound Scopes
  • Three Lingen Davies Key Workers
  • A range of exciting smaller projects to make a positive difference to lives affected by cancer in our community

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.

Find out more about the difference this purchase will make to people with suspected prostate cancer here

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.

PICC Line Placement Machine **Great News- This project has now been funded!**

The PICC Line Placement Machine enables trained staff to place Peripheral Inserted Central Catheters (PICC) into patients receiving chemotherapy.

The PICC line is placed once and stays in the patient’s arm until their chemotherapy is over. This avoids the need for staff to find an appropriate vein each time. Where patients have small or weak veins, or are very afraid of needles, finding veins each time can be difficult and uncomfortable. Using a PICC line means that chemotherapy can be delivered more efficiently and comfortably to patients who need extra help to receive their medication.

This reduces delays as well as potential for pain or trauma in patients. The PICC Machine is now on site at RSH and we’re pleased it will be helping patients to received their chemotherapy successfully.

You can find out more about the impact this purchase will make to patients here

Endoscopic Ultrasound Scopes

We’re funding two Endoscopic Ultrasound Scopes (EUS), which are used to investigate and diagnose cancers in the upper gastro-intestinal system.

Over the past three years there has been a 23% increase in the number of EUS procedures performed at SaTH hospitals and this demand is expected to continue to rise.

EUS is carried out to further investigate lesions, masses, and cysts that have been found during a routine endoscopy, conventional ultrasound, CT scan or MRI. The procedures can provide detailed ultrasound images and measurements of tumors. By using a flexible needle through the scope to perform fine-needle aspiration (FNA), EUS can also give real-time tissue diagnosis of many different cancers, thus preventing the need for more invasive surgical biopsies.

These scopes will make sure that:

– diagnoses are quicker and more accurate

– patient comfort and safety are improved as risks of damage to tissue 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, helps people with cancer to feel better through physical activity and moving around more. Delivered by cancer exercise specialists and designed to encourage and support cancer patients to explore and utilise physical activity through and post cancer care, the programme aims to support recovery and help improve future health.

The programme has been running since 2012, and Lingen Davies will be funding it from 2018-2021. With our support, the service will be growing and expanding further into our region to allow people in rural areas to access it more easily. Physical activity has been shown to have a positive impact on outcomes and quality of life for people with cancer, and we’ll be making sure this service is available to everyone who needs it in our community. Meet the ‘Get Active, Feel Good’ team here.

Lingen Davies Key Workers

These three specialist staff roles will provide support for patients within the team who are receiving treatment for cancer.  They will be based within the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust and provide advice about non-acute side effects or impact of treatment.

They will also support with managing the psychological or emotional impact of their cancer diagnosis or treatment, signposting to support services such as therapies to help with treatment side effects, or referral to welfare teams for financial advice and support.  These posts will make a real difference to the experience of patients with cancer in our community.

We’ll also be funding a range of smaller projects and working on some exciting new projects to provide information and support to local people. We want to make sure that we are making the best possible contribution to services in our community, and we think funding these projects will help us to do that. 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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