Working with the Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s (L&D) Charitable Fund, Charity Ambassador Denise Coates along with the help of Lisa Scheder and Challney Girl’s school, combined their efforts to raise thousands of pounds towards the purchase of a new ultrasound scanning machine for the hospital’s Breast Unit.
Although most breast problems are harmless and not due to cancer, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. Fortunately treatment is successful when symptoms are spotted early using techniques such as ultrasound scanning.
Denise, who is a breast cancer survivor, made the pledge to help raise money for a new scanner to be purchased and installed on the hospital site, reducing the need for patients to leave the site for screening; improving patient flow, appointment flexibility and patient experience.
Working alongside Challney Girl’s school who raised £3900 through a school wide sponsored run organised by L&D Community Fundraiser Bianca John, Denise and Lisa were able to collect enough money for the Hospital Charitable Fund to make up the difference and purchase the scanner. A generous donation from former patient Angela Garrathy also helped reach the ambitious target in just over a year.
L&D Chairman Simon Linnett said: “I would like to personally thank Denise, Lisa and Challney Girl’s school for their efforts in raising such a substantial amount, and to Angela for her incredible donation which enabled us to purchase this important piece of equipment.
“We’re always looking at ways to improve services and I’m glad that with the help of the community we can make these important changes, allowing us to continue to deliver the best care for our patients.
The new scanning machine was officially unveiled today by L&D Chairman Simon Linnett in attendance of two of Challney Girl’s School’s sponsored run participants, Lead Breast Cancer nurse Jan Chalkey, Charity Ambassador Denise Coates, Breast Surgeons Duraisamy Ravichandran, Kath Kirkpatrick and Deepak Shrestha and L&D Community Fundraiser Bianca John.