At a recent rotary meeting a cheque for £500 was presented to Dan Hill, Head Fundraiser for the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. The money raised was a joint affair by ‘Ready to Network’ and Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary, who during the summer organised a Treasure Hunt in and around Whalley.
‘Ready to Network’ are a local organisation who meet on a regular basis and are a friendly networking group; where there is an opportunity to expand business connections.
Dan Hill gave a 30 minute presentation on what the Rosemere Cancer Foundation has achieved over the past 20 years, since it started at the Royal Preston Hospital, and what the very ambitious plans are for the present year. They are aiming to raise £1.5 million to finance 3 projects, which will make a real significant difference to patient recovery and after care.
Rosemere are getting very close to meeting the £1.5 million and hope to have the full amount in place during the next 4 months. The jewel in the crown is the DaVinci X1Robotic Surgical System, costing £1.25 million, which has been recently installed at the Royal Preston. This is the latest surgical robot and is the first of its kind in the North of England. It will assist surgeons in hard to reach, complex pelvic surgical procedures, particularly for bowel and gynaecological cancers.
The second project is the redevelopment of the Ribblesdale Cancer Ward to provide more flexible space better suited to patient’s needs, offering more comfortable and relaxed private areas for relatives wishing to stay close to their loved ones.
Thirdly, a state of the Art Cancer Research Facility is planned, which will have an on-site laboratory and pharmacy, equipped to the highest standard.
Ian McTurk, Assistant Rotary Governor for South East Lancashire, paid tribute to Dan Hill saying, “Without doubt this has been a most impressive presentation by Dan Hill, Head Fundraiser for Rosemere Cancer. All attending were in admiration on a clear and concise way that Dan presented the new ground-breaking projects. Moreover, all credit to Dan and fellow fundraisers for almost achieving the £1.5 million in such a short time. All Rotary members very much appreciate what Rosemere do for the people of Lancashire and surrounding areas and we as Rotary are always mindful of this organisation, when we distribute funds”.
The photo shows the presentation of the cheque. From left to right: Rotarian Richard Wallwork, Rotarian Ken Freeman and Dan Hill