Following on from the highly successful Breast Care Appeal, we are raising money to enable Frimley Park Hospital to carry out research into breast cancer. On behalf of the breast team we would like to announce a new charity Breast Research and Support, or ‘BRAs’.
The helix on the ‘s’ is the DNA, is the true face and future of treatment for breast cancer which affects 1 in 8 women. We look forward to the day we can genetically influence the cancer cell by simply turning off its ‘drivers’.
Earlier this year, the team at Frimley Park Hospital wanted to join a very interesting study using minimal invasive surgery in patients who have chemotherapy first, but we could not due to need for more staff.
Why raise more money?
Do we just watch and wait?
Or aspire and move forward?
So we are raising funds to finance a research person to enable us to join future studies.
BRAs – Support :
BRAs is also aiming to provide support not only to their Breast Care patients but also their partners who are often also in need of support. No one wants to be a patient in a Breast Cancer Unit but if you do find yourself a patient, we want the new unit to be a nice place to be treated in with great facilities all round. The Breast Care team are very dedicated, passionate and strive to provide the best possible care to the 400 patients they treat every year. They have some great vision in what they would like the new unit to be.
If you would like to help us by hosting a fundraising event, we would love to hear from you and help you in any way we can.
Email us: Brasfirstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate to this new appeal, please visit our Just Giving campaign page.
Huge support was given to the appeal by the local community and by the end of September 2016 £830,000 had been raised. Since then more donations have been received and these extra funds are very welcome as more equipment will be needed once the dedicated breast unit has been built.
A new state of the art 3D tomosynthesis mammography machine has been ordered. This machine will be installed within the radiology department so patients can benefit immediately from the latest technology. This will ensure that patients have the best chance of successful (and less invasive and debilitating) treatment. Whilst the Trust agreed to match fund every penny we raised up to £750,000 they will, in fact, be spending several million pounds providing the dedicated breast unit as it will be within a brand new building at Frimley. Construction is due to start soon in 2020; watch this space for regular progress updates.
The Breast Care Appeal launch video, which compares where we are now with our vision is below:
Although the appeal is over, we will still accept donations indefinitely to continue investing in the latest equipment. For more information please visit Frimley Health Charity. All help is greatly appreciated, whether you wish to donate, organise an event or volunteer your services. Thank you.