Past appeals/What your money has bought
The six appeals the charitable foundation has raised money for since 1998 are:
The Foundation’s first appeal between 1998 and 2000 raised over £400,000 towards a new Leukaemia Unit within Elizabeth Loury Ward, where patients are tested for cancer.
Building Blocks Appeal
In 2004 the new £1.6 million Lighthouse centre opened, thanks to the £500,000 raised by the Foundation’s Building Blocks Appeal.
The centre is for children with disabilities, providing medical services under one roof plus play facilities such as a play boat, sensory room, nursery and garden.
The Appeal also provided £90,000 for a GP referral suite to be built within the children’s Neptune Unit allowing children to be seen in a designated unit.
Healing Hearts Appeal
The Healing Hearts Appeal was launched in 2003 to raise money for a state-of-the-art heart monitoring system. By 2005 more than £700,000 was raised for a system that was the first to be introduced in Europe and second in the world. The heart monitors are digital, give twelve different readings of activity in the heart and can also provide a 72-hour history.
The monitors are in areas around the hospital including Accident and Emergency. The information provided can be accessed in the Heart and Chest Department where a cardiologist can make a quick and accurate diagnosis – reducing the damage to patients’ hearts and in some cases saving lives.
Pinpoint Cancer Appeal
Following the successful completion of the Healing Hearts Appeal the Pinpoint Cancer Appeal 4 was launched in 2005. The Appeal raised over £480,000 for a revolutionary image-guided radiotherapy system.
The equipment scans cancer patients during their treatment providing superior images to those from a CT scan. This enables the radiographer to ensure that none of the tumour has been missed and eliminates the need to radiate a larger area, which would damage healthy tissue.
The appeal finished March 2007 and benefits an estimated 500 patients a year.
Stroke is the largest single cause of severe disability and the third most common cause of death in the UK after heart disease and cancer.
Launched in April 2007, the StrokeBusters Appeal 5 contributed £750,000 towards a top-notch stroke unit at the hospital, with a new 14-bedded acute stroke unit, state-of-the-art equipment and enhanced rehabilitation facilities.
The £1 million unit has dramatically helped to reduce the level of disability in stroke patients and has become one of the top three stroke services in the UK.
Bosom Pals Appeal
The Bosom Pals Appeal was launched in May 2009 to raise £750,000 for the hospital’s breast unit. The appeal helped to fund two state-of-the-art digital mammography machines, essential IT equipment and helped to improve patient amenities including a new breast care counselling room.
Following its success, Phase Two was launched in October 2011 which took our fundraising ‘on the road’. The aim of the appeal was to fund two new digital mobile breast screening units.
Bosom Pals Appeal On The Road
The Bosom Pals Appeal On The Road 7 finished in October 2013. Thanks to the generosity of the local community, local women now have access to the most modern screening technology, helping our clinicians to detect breast cancer earlier.