Our charity events throughout the year help to raise money towards important and potentially life-saving pieces of equipment. Some of the money is also used to improve facilities for relatives and staff throughout the Trust. Here are a few examples of some of our ongoing and recently completed, fundraising projects:
Fundraising for a Linac
What’s a Linear Accelerator?
A Linear Accelerator (Linac for short) is a machine which enables oncologists to target and destroy cancerous tumours using measured doses of radiation. Chemotherapy is another form of treatment for some patients and can be administered in conjunction with radiotherapy. Radiotherapy utilises both IMRT (Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy) and IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy).
We need a new one…
The Berkshire Cancer Centre currently receives around 2,500 new patient referrals per annum – along with an existing patient base of 40,000. This year around 1,800 people in our community will be diagnosed with cancer and require radiotherapy treatment.
Improving our service and enhancing patient care.
We are constantly striving to ensure up to date equipment is available to treat our patients and are hoping to invest in a new Linear Accelerator to work alongside the existing machines in the Trust. The new £1.7m machine will also be a state-of-the-art modern digital accelerator incorporating the latest technology and will greatly enhance the care we provide to our local population.
Looking to the future
The RBC is wholly concerned with improving and enhancing facilities for the people in our community. Your donations help purchase equipment providing a service that goes way beyond the NHS standard. Cancer treatment in our community should be nothing short of world class.
The good news is that, thanks to the work of The Royal Berks Charity and the donations of hundreds of people like you, we’ve already collected £1,200,000 toward the new machine. Can you help us reach our target?
Faxitron Breast Screening Appeal
The Breast Screening Unit ran a Campaign to raise £47,000 for a Faxitron – a small piece of equipment to be located in the biopsy room and is designed to be operated by Radiologists and Radiographers. It uses X-rays to image specimens of breast calcifications. Breast calcifications are mostly benign (non cancerous), however sometimes they can be an early sign of breast cancer.
The Faxitron will enhance the image quality of calcium in breast tissue, and improve diagnostic accuracy of biopsies, allowing us to give the best possible treatment. The new machine will also help to reduce the time it takes to get an appointment and, as a result, improve waiting times. Patient experience will be improved by helping reduce stress and anxiety. In addition, adopting new technology will ensure that the Breast Screening Unit remains at the cutting edge of technology.
The support we received for this campaign will significantly improve the service provided by the clinic, and the team in Breast Screening are extremely grateful to everyone who helped us achieve our goal.
The X-Ray Department Radiology Trust Fund Ultrasound Scanner.
The department wanted to extend the service and increase the number of patients seen, to around 360,000, but to do so they needed to purchase new equipment. Ultrasound (US) systems, like any other imaging technology, are constantly evolving and improving. The Charity working with the X-Ray team launched a campaign to raise £90,000 towards the cost of a new state-of-art Ultrasound machine in May 2015 and by June 2016 we had raised sufficient funds to make the purchase.
The X-ray department is a busy unit diagnosing some 280,000 patients a year. They use a variety of techniques such as X-ray, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, CT and MRI scanning to help determine the appropriate course of action. In addition, they prescribe and administer a wide range of image-guided treatments and lifesaving interventions.
Many of the improvements in the X-ray department have only been possible due to the financial support of patients. Through these charitable gifts, the Radiology Trust Fund has been able to provide the extra things that can make a difference to patients, visitors and staff.
The new machine will help reduce waiting times, allow the department to see patients quicker and the improved quality of imaging will enhance the diagnostic process.
Having this technology has made a big difference to patients undergoing ultrasound examinations or procedures.
30 X-ray staff members comprising doctors, nurses, health care assistants, radiographers, sonographers and administrative staff, took part in a number of fundraising events and other challenges helping raise funds towards the appeal.
The team also took part in a number of other fundraising events and other challenges.
Our Cash4Coins campaign goes from strength to strength and has now reached a whopping £36,000 in donations which goes towards enhancing care throughout the Trust. It is one of our favourite activities to empty the collection box each week of 4-5 kilos in coins and notes and to see it converted into ‘real’ money is a joy. Due to the success of the campaign we plan to raise funds indefinitely.
Many people have foreign coins or notes left over from a trip abroad and usually, they end up in a drawer or in a jar in a cupboard. We are able to turn the donations into “real” money – whether they be Euros, Yen, predecimal coins, or other long since departed currencies such as the franc, mark and peseta. If you have any foreign currency/old British coins or medals you would like to donate please contact the Charity office on 0118 322 6969 or if you are coming to the hospital we have a collection box at Main Reception on Craven Road where you can deposit your coins.
All donations, no matter how small, are welcomed! Perhaps you have some left over from a trip abroad?
A huge thanks to everyone who has contributed, no matter how big or small, with a special acknowledgement to Barclays bank who donated a huge 49 kilos of foreign currency.