Summertime Swing!

MANY thanks for all the hard work and effort put in by ALL the volunteers involved in our new Summertime Swing event at Shardeloes Old Amersham on Sunday 21 June.

In particular, Hilary’s ‘set up’ party who arrived to find very little venue left, thanks to an event the previous evening. What was left, was covered in feathers and sparkles! Special thanks to Audrey Vale, Marlene Hayton, Charles Pledger and Betty Keen who came to the rescue and helped with the enormous clear up and replacement of furniture. Huge thanks Also to Amerhsam Free Church who kindly lent us many, many chairs at the last minute!

Thankfully, the evening was a huge success and raised over £2,600 for the Sound Appeal.  A special mention must go to Diane Emsley who sold raffle tickets at £5 each and single-handedly raised a magnificent £975

Running the Bupa 10,000 for Scannappeal

A huge well done and thank you to David Yeung who has raised a wonderful £287.50 after completing the BUPA 10,000  in May.


David (in the blue shirt on the right) has asked that his fundraising go to the Cancer Fighting Fund.


If you would like to take on a running/walking/cycling or any other sort of challenge, please contact Hilary at the Scannappeal office on 01494 734161 and we’ll let you know how we can support you.

New Portable Machinery for Anaesthetics Department

As part of our Small Projects Programme, we are pleased to have funded a Portable  Anaesthetics Ultrasound Machine .

Dr Carl Morris, Consultant Anaesthetist, said, ‘It’s already been put to plenty of use.  I was at Stoke Mandeville once, and on that day it got used for about 6 patients, two of whom probably couldn’t have had their operations done without it.



Super Seven Support Scannappeal in London Marathon!

Ben & Robbie Bilsland

Ben & Robbie Bilsland

Alex Hayward

Alex Hayward

Darren Hill

Darren Hill

Darren Owen

Darren Owen

Manjit Moore

Manjit Moore

Mark Gregory

Mark Gregory

Neil Hillier

Neil Hillier

The Scannappeal team would like to thank all seven runners supporting us in their first ever Virgin London Marathon.

Brothers Ben and Robbie Bilsland finished seconds apart in just over 4:02 hours. Darren Owen in 4:10hrs, Darren Hill 4:12 hrs, Alex Hayward in 4:29hrs, Manjit Moore in 5:15hrs and Neil Hillier in 5:43hrs.  A special thanks also goes to Mark Gregory who ran the Brighton Marathon for us just two weeks earlier!

Darren Owen says ‘The standout moment for me was running over tower Bridge. It is such an iconic part of the marathon, and of London itself, it was both a surreal and amazing experience. Unforgettable.’  Alex says ‘The highlight for me was the feeling of crossing the finish line (obviously!), but I also really enjoyed running over Tower Bridge. The crowds were amazing and it felt fantastic to see my family along the way.’ And brothers Ben & Robbie told us ‘Crossing the finish line was one of the greatest feelings they have ever had!!

A HUGE WELL DONE from the whole Scannappeal team to all eight of our marathon runners who so far have raised a fantastic £14,000 between them for Scannappeal’s Laser Heart and Cancer Fighting Fund Appeals at Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville Hospitals.

Scannappeal’s Sportsman’s Dinner raises over £48,000 for lifesaving hospital equipment

Held Wednesday night (22nd April) at the prestigious Pinewood Studios, the Sportsman’s dinner raised over £48,000, with all proceeds from the event funding a range of lifesaving equipment for hospitals in the Buckinghamshire area.

Over the past 28 years, Scannappeal has helped locals receive essential treatment and the provision of advanced medical equipment across different NHS departments for Amersham, Stoke Mandeville, Wycombe and Community Hospitals means that every 10 minutes a patient in the local area is diagnosed or treated with equipment funded by Scannappeal.

Diners at the event were treated to talks from A Question of Sport’s Matt Dawson and entertainer Bobby Davro, who kept spirits high throughout the evening. A range of other sporting guests, including Lee Dixon, Matt Perry and Kyran Bracken attended the event, delivering signature anecdotes and words of support for the charity. After the dinner, a charity auction of sporting memorabilia raised a phenomenal £24,000.

Scannappeal’s Chairman, William Baxter, said: “Scannappeal has an extraordinary track record for a local charity, having raised over £11 million. The high number of patients that require treatment and the demand for new equipment in the area means that the funds raised at the Sportsman’s dinner will have a direct impact on the local community. Scanners, amongst the other equipment we raise money for, are an indispensible part of identifying and responding to disease, and our funds make sure the local population are treated correctly.

“Over 100,000 patients have been treated in the last year alone. To put that into perspective, since we began in 1987, one in four of the local population in Buckinghamshire have benefitted from the equipment we have supplied. Sponsors such as Annodata are essential to maintaining and improving this level of care, and we look forward to seeing the immediate benefits of their donation”, William concluded.

Andrew Harman, Managing Director of Annodata and a Trustee at Scannappeal, commented: “Having been one of their trustees for 2 years, and seen first hand the impact the charity has made, we are incredibly proud to be able to offer them our continued support. Their supply of life-saving equipment has been immeasurably important and it is a pleasure to support a charity whose results are so obvious and immediate.

‘Hospitals are at the centre of our local community and it is important that we all play our part to help them continue to deliver a high standard of services. We raised an incredible amount last night and I’m very pleased that we were able to lend Scannappeal our support,” he concluded.

Photograph from left to right: Andrew Harman – Managing Director of Annodata, Lee Dixon, William Baxter CBE – Chairman of Scannappeal, David Seaman, Matt Dawson MBE

Sponsored by Annodata

Sound Support for Scannappeal

The Misbourne Matins Rotary Club have donated £1,700 to The Sound Appeal at Amersham Hospital.  The funds were raised from the club’s Christmas floats and Scannappeal was chosen as one of the beneficiaries.  Mike Leyland, President Elect, presented the cheque at one of the club’s weekly breakfast meetings in Gerrards Cross.  This will go towards the Sound Appeal to radically improve diagnosis of hearing problems and will go a long way towards funding one of the pieces of equipment needed.

Another Successful Quiz Night!

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Last year’s winners have again carried off the prestigious Scannappeal Quiz Challenge Trophy at Hazlemere Golf Club with twenty teams being cerebrally challenged by our Question setters Adrian and Michelle Planterose and helped along by a delicious fish/chicken and chip supper at half time! In first place Five x Fish, runner’s up were What Eclipse! and in third, T1 S5.  The team taking home the wooden spoons were the Bluebirds with the Scannappeal team climbing from their bottom place last time to 15th!  The evening raised £1350 for Bucks Digital & 3D Breast Appeal. Wycombe Hospital Breast Consultant Giles Cunnick welcomed the guests and spoke about how the new equipment would help thousands of local patients across Bucks.

Only a few tables remain for our next quiz on 13 November, you can pre-book a table in advance by calling 01494 727752. (Posted 25 March 2015)

Freemasons to Help Babies in Bucks

Freemasons funds to help babies in Bucks

Scannappeal has received a significant donation from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Buckinghamshire to support the Paediatric Orthopaedics department at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust. The donation will fund a specialist portable ultrasound and probe to diagnose and treat babies with Developmental Dysplasia of Hips (DDH). This will substantially improve the service by extending the number of clinics from Stoke Mandeville Hospital to other sites.

If DDH is not diagnosed and treated early, it becomes more difficult, and distressing to treat. A baby whose DDH is not treated in infancy is likely to need bony hip surgery as they become older; prolonged periods in a plaster cast, and may still develop early arthritis causing pain, possible disability and requiring a hip replacement in early adulthood.

Jo Hicks, Consultant Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: ‘‘Being able to perform ultrasound scans in all my clinics will mean I can give immediate reassurance to those parents of babies whose clinical examination has raised concerns that the hips may be abnormal. Where I do find the hips to be abnormal, I can start treatment immediately – this is both reassuring for the parents and increases the probability that the treatment will be successful. I will be able to diagnose, treat and monitor babies closer to home for those based near High Wycombe, and now potentially in other locations such as the Neonatal Unit or in peripheral clinics.’’

Scannappeal’s Chairman, William Baxter, said: ‘We are most grateful to the Freemasons for their donation of £21,300 which will make a difference to many babies each year from the Buckinghamshire area. The support of local organisations is crucial to Scannappeal’s work to provide advanced equipment to extend or improve local health services.’