£350k appeal launched to support breast cancer diagnosis and treatment in Bucks

Breast Biopsy Appeal

Patients from across Buckinghamshire will benefit from our new fundraising appeal. The Breast Biopsy Appeal will support the integrated Breast Unit for Buckinghamshire (based at Wycombe Hospital ) to fund revolutionary 3D technology, transforming diagnosis and treatment for local patients with early breast cancer.

Monies raised will fully equip a second dedicated biopsy suite within the unit with 3D mammography technology. Targeted biopsies will be carried out quicker with pinpoint accuracy, significantly reducing the time patients need to wait from diagnosis to treatment. Importantly this cutting edge equipment will help in diagnosing very small cancers at an early stage, improving prognosis.

Dr Vaishali Gada, Consultant Radiologist commented: “Providing the very best of care for our patients is at the heart of what we do. We are delighted to be working with Scannappeal to raise £350,000 to further expand our services with the introduction of an additional Breast Biopsy Suite. The new equipment will improve patient experience, reduce waiting times and improve workflow for radiologists and radiographers”.

The integrated Breast Unit is a state of the art one stop service where 30,000 patients a year are supported through breast screening and symptomatic care provided by expert clinicians. We have previously supported the Breast Unit to move to digital technology on site at Wycombe Hospital and through mobile units which can be regularly seen touring sites across the local community.

The Facts
• Bucks Integrated Breast Unit is a state of the art one stop breast diagnostic and treatment service
• 30,000 patients from across Bucks are supported every year
• 80-100 patients recalled for assessment following routine screening at the unit
• 500 new symptomatic cases seen each month
• 20-25% of referrals will need image guided biopsy

Scannappeal Director Lisa Trivett is encouraging support of the appeal from within the community “We are really proud to support the Breast Unit with this brand new appeal and hope the local community will join us to raise the money as quickly as possible. Many of us know someone who has been affected by breast cancer and as the festive season approaches we encourage people to consider making a donation in recognition of the wonderful care we are lucky to benefit from here in Bucks’”.

Longstanding Supporters Make A Difference

Some of Scannappeal’s longstanding supporters were entertained at Lord’s Wood, near Marlow, at a private event last night.  Guests were able to look around the house, gardens and Messum’s art studio.  Countess Howe, who is a Patron of Scannappeal, explained the difference that regular givers had made to the charity’s work and clinicians from the cardiology, dermatology, breast screening and speech and language departments demonstrated some of the equipment that Scannappeal has funded in recent years.  The event raised £2,500 for the All Heart Appeal for Wycombe Hospital.  Our thanks to David and Millie Messum for kindly allowing Scannappeal to hold the event at their beautiful home.


Countess Howe, Patron, with Phil Robertson, Scannappeal Trustee, watching a portable cardiology scanner in action at Lord’s Wood


Volunteers Week Meet Maureen

It’s Volunteers Week meet Maureen one of our delightful volunteers.

1) How long have you volunteered for Scannappeal?

18 months.

2) Why did you first get involved with Scannappeal?

On retirement from my NHS career I still wanted to be involved in healthcare. Was aware of Scannappeal and saw a request for volunteers in their events diary.

3) Tell us about your role?

Admin in the office, particularly a project relating to Gift Aid paper work.

4) What do you like most about the role you do?

Understand how long term it will help with that particular area of finance.

5) Can you tell us about the most memorable thing that’s happened to you whilst volunteering?

Attending events particularly the recent open garden in Chesham – an absolutely ‘unique’ experience.

6) What contribution or achievement are you most proud of?

The work around the project I am doing.

7) What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Be kind to yourself!

8) What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I used to have fear of flying but am now planning a trip to Australia later in the year.

9) In one sentence why should people volunteer their time to support Scannappeal?

The satisfaction of working with an organisation that provides equipment for ALL people.

10) Finally if you could go anywhere and do anything with no limit on time or money, where would you go, what would you do?

I would love to own a boat, have it kept in the South of France and just be able to holiday on it whenever!


Volunteers Week Meet Elsa

Its Volunteers Week meet Elsa one of our wonderful volunteers.

1) How long have you volunteered for Scannappeal?

Since 5 March 2003.

2) Why did you first get involved with Scannappeal?

I wanted to help raise money because I felt equipment meant the charity funded in 1995 led to my husband Mickey’s lung cancers being identified at an early stage and that bought us another 8 years together.

3) Tell us about your role?

I’ve been involved in garden events, many tombolas out and about. In Amersham lots of stalls, bric-a-brac, cakes etc. In my early days I helped in the office and that encouraged me to buy a computer and have lessons. That was good for me as emails, Google and Facebook keeps me in touch with family and friends. My biggest role has been helping to start the bookshop.

4) What do you like most about the role you do?

Just knowing that all the money raised is going to give patients’ access to updated machinery it also has given me the chance to make lots of friends. We get lovely people who come to visit us in the bookshop.

5) Can you tell us about the most memorable thing that’s happened to you whilst volunteering?

a: When I heard we could have the shop on the 2nd floor. To allow us to show all the lovely various books that are donated.

b: I always have a smile and lovely memory of Susie after one of the open garden events when Lord Carrington came down and drew a halo over heads!!

6) What contribution or achievement are you most proud of?

“The Bookshop” gives me pleasure always working along with Pam. Organising themes etc. But mostly meeting all the patients that visit us. I’ve made many friends who bring in books, knitted items and homemade cards. All wanting to contribute in some way.

7) What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Not to waste time and energy on something you cannot change.

8) What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I have a crush on Aidan Turner.

9) In one sentence why should people volunteer their time to support Scannappeal?

By volunteering to raise funds for Scannappeal many lives will be saved.

10) Finally if you could go anywhere and do anything with no limit on time or money, where would you go, what would you do?

Nothing comes to mind! Happy where I am.


Top Chef announced as Patron for Scannappeal

Acclaimed celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge, from the two Michelin Star ‘Hand and Flowers’, Marlow, was been announced as a Patron of Scannappeal following a recent occasion where he cooked up the cash at his inaugural event in aid of Scannappeal.

Kerridge delighted 34 guests at a private dinner hosted by Scannappeal Chairman, William Baxter CBE, at the beautiful Stoke Park, to a delicious taste of the classic ‘Hand and Flowers’ menu.  The evening raised over £22,000 which will help Scannappeal to fund cutting edge equipment to ensure Buckinghamshire hospitals provide the best possible care to their patients.

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This is the first time that Tom Kerridge has taken on a formal position with a charity but when asked why he has become a Patron he said: “Scannappeal are a great charity doing so much in our community.  They really are making a big difference to the diagnosis, treatment and care our local hospitals can deliver and I am delighted to be able to help”.  He went on to say:  “Tonight was a fantastic evening and it was a privilege for me and my team to cook for such grateful guests and support Scannappeal on this very special evening”.

Explaining the importance of the evening, the charity’s Chairman, William Baxter CBE, said, “Tonight was a truly wonderful evening and with thanks to Tom Kerridge we have been able to raise a significant amount of money to benefit the lives of so many people across Buckinghamshire.  Our work is totally reliant upon the generosity of our supporters and events such as this are critical in our ability to deliver our various appeals.  We’re thrilled to have Tom Kerridge join us as a Patron and we’re looking forward to a long and rewarding partnership with him”.

Congratulations to our two London Marathon runners

A HUGE Congratulations and Thank You to our two marathon runners on completing the 2016 Virgin London Marathon.

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Christina Foxwell, completed the course in 4hrs 7mins‎ and said she’s “quite pleased if not a little stiff! I’m delighted to say I’ve raised over £1800 so far and I think I’ve got a few last minute donations coming in. My best memory of the day was the camaraderie from the other runners and the massive boost from the crowd. Mile 18 was tough but I got a huge up lift from seeing some friendly faces”.


It’s the second marathon for Max Jolly who said, Max Jolly after“It was an amazing day. The crowds and atmosphere were brilliant. All the way round there were crowds, 3-4 deep in places, that made running that little bit easier. The first half went well, almost enjoyable, but the last 7 miles were extremely painful! I was fighting cramp all the way home and so my pace dropped considerably towards the end but I made it home in 03:20 which I’m really pleased with.

My highlights included giving high-5s to most of London, coming through Cutty Sark and Tower Bridge, the sign that said ‘Touch here for power’ 1 mile from home, and getting over the line that couldn’t come soon enough.”


Christina and Max are on target to raise an amazing £7,000 between them, we thank them both for their support and hope their legs recover quickly!

Silent Auction…shhh…for Scannappeal

The Rotary Club of High Wycombe are kindly hosting a Silent Auction with proceeds going to Scannappeal’s Cancer Fighting Fund.

The auction will take place on Friday 20 May, 7.30pm at Adams Park, High Wycombe.              Tickets for the event are £10 and include a Fish and Chip supper.

Items available for bids include…

  • Evening trial gliding lesson at Booker
  • 1 hour flight in private aircraft
  • Framed Watercolour of the Cornmarket, High Wycombe, by renowned local artist
  • 2 tickets in a private box at Wycombe Wanderers for a 2016/17 game
  • A selection of superb Vintage Port
  • Cordon Bleu dinner for 4 cooked in your home by Jeremy Ellis
  • Signed books by Mary Berry, James Corden and David Jason

In addition to the Silent Auction, Chris Williams, Founder of Sportingold Ltd will be available on the night to value your sporting memorabilia for free.

Money raised will go directly to the Cancer Fighting Fund (Phase Six). The appeal is aiming to raise £130,000 for equipment to treat patients with prostate, kidney and bladder cancers, and other urological conditions. Once purchased, Buckinghamshire will  be one of the first counties to have this specialist urological equipment benefiting over 1000 patients each year.

To book your tickets for the event please contact Mike Child:

T.07714 899219

E. mike@mmchild.co.uk

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Sound Support

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Heart of Bucks (Buckinghamshire’s Community Foundation) has donated £3,348 to our Sound Appeal to purchase one of the diagnostic tympanometers needed.  Lauren Fallaize from Heart of Bucks said ‘We are delighted to award Scannappeal a grant towards new equipment helping to improve audiology services to thousands of patients in the south of Buckinghamshire.’

Heart of Bucks seeks to raise money locally to support the community within Buckinghamshire.  The Sound Appeal is for equipment to radically improve diagnosis of hearing problems and £5,000 is still needed to reach the £75,000 target.

Laser Heart Appeal successfully reaches its £250,000 target

On Monday 29th February 2016 at Wycombe Hospital, Scannappeal Patron, Countess Howe DL and Chairman, William Baxter hosted a reception to thank some of the supporters of the Laser Heart Appeal.
Scannappeal are delighted to have reached the target of £250,000 for the Laser Heart Appeal to purchase four pieces of equipment to help diagnose and treat heart disease based at Wycombe Hospital.
The reception welcomed Dr Andrew Money-Kyrle, Consultant Cardiologist, having just finished an operation and still in his scrubs, Dr Money-Kyrle spoke of the difference that the equipment has made to the Cardiology Department. He was pleased to give an insight into the new equipment the Appeal is purchasing including a 3D cardiovascular ultrasound system.

Scannappeal Feb 29th 2017 (42 of 117) P4Countess Howe thanked donors and supporters and confirmed the equipment will benefit 10,000 local patients, before she and William Baxter unveiled the Recognition Wall. Guests at the reception were invited to see demonstrations of key equipment including an Echocardiology Vivid 9 Scanner, emergency hand held V Scan and a Heart Works Simulator and well as seeing their names proudly placed on the Recognition Wall.
Thank You! Scannappeal would like to thank everyone who has supported the Laser Heart Appeal, including individuals, companies, trusts and NHS staff. Funds have been raised in various ways including donations, organising or taking part in events and challenges for sponsorship.

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We could fill this update one hundred times over listing all the amazing supporters of the Appeal, so we shall highlight just a few…

  • As well as opening their garden, Mr and Mrs Ford have organised their Strictly Dance series for 15 years.
  • Our very own Elvis, Billy Gallacher, has held his tribute nights for over 25 years.
  • Our thanks to the Louis Baylis Trust (Maidenhead Advertiser) who donated £1000 to the Appeal
  • Councillor Mahboob Hussain has supported Scannappeal Cardiology Appeals for many years, including the Ramadam Radio Appeal alongside the local community and Wycombe District Council.
  • The tremendous and continued kindness and commitment of the staff at The Rebellion Brewery whose open weekends not only grow in attendance but also in generosity.
  • Thank you to the Cardiology team who have supported Scannappeal during the fundraising for their department. Raising awareness but also attending and taking part in fundraising activities.

Thank you to all!

New Events Diary

Take a look at our new Events Diary including our Open Gardens, for a detailed listing of events organised by Scannappeal and our supporters.

Events take place from March until August 2016.

For online information please visit our Events Calendar.