RadCan Update – Autumn 2015

RadCan has so far contributed £104,000 towards the £450,000 cost of a CT Scanner, £7,593 on a Bladder Scanner, £5,000 to sponsor a garden and £38,000 to purchase a Respiratory Motion Phantom which is a stateof-the-art breathing simulator which enables tumour motion to be reduced making the treatment more accurate and less likely to damage adjoining organs such as the heart.

Stuart Morgan from Tadley after running the London Marathon for RadCan. Stuart has raised almost £12,000 in memory of his father Henry Morgan

Stuart Morgan from Tadley after running the London Marathon for RadCan. Stuart has raised almost £12,000 in memory of his father Henry Morgan

Radcan is currently arranging for the purchase of a Head Only Immobiliser which will cost around £10,000. The Head Only Immobiliser fully immobilises the patient’s head during the CT planning scan and treatment. The patient’s head will be held in a comfortable position but they are unable to move it whilst being treated ensuring that the treatment is received in exactly the right place.

Radiotherapy Unit Staff explaining the operation of the CT Scanner to RadCan Trustees

Radiotherapy Unit Staff explaining the operation of the CT Scanner to RadCan Trustees

RadCan will continue to support the Basingstoke Radiotherapy Unit by purchasing specialist equipment which ensures that treatments are more accurate and more effective.

We are currently raising funds to purchase 2 additional software licences which will enable medical professionals involved in radiotherapy planning to be able to dial in from other sites. This will reduce delays in treating patients when relevant staff cannot be on site. The cost is likely to be in the region of £15,000 to £17,000.

28 new patients started their treatment at the centre in August and it was expected that 34 would begin in September. That is a lot of people who do not have to travel far, can park free on-site and will be treated in a modern, light and airy environment.

Nicky Lambert from Bounty Road Dental Practice, long term RadCan supporters

Nicky Lambert from Bounty Road Dental Practice, long term RadCan supporters

 

RadCan Update – Spring 2015

New Radiotherapy UnitAs most of you will know the new Radiotherapy Unit is now open to patients and the CT Scanner is in place.  RadCan contributed £104,000 towards it, almost a quarter of the total cost.  All of the money came from local fundraising and is a magnificent feat.  Now we are turning our attentions to the other pieces of equipment that the unit needs.  We are about to give the unit £38,000 towards a Respiratory Motion Phantom machine which is a breathing simulator for conducting quality assurance testing on radiotherapy systems.

We now have the unit’s wish list and we will soon be deciding what the next fundraising item will be.


The organ recital by Andrew Benson-Wilson was a great success and raised £800 for RadCan. Thank you to everyone who supported us there.

Upcoming fundraising events (click for more details):

STUART MORGAN will be running the LONDON MARATHON for RadCan

Henry Morgan Charity Crib Evening

MAJESTIC WINES Wine Tasting

The Sherbornes Art Exhibition


Wine Tasting – Majestic Wines

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MAJESTIC WINES & RadCan
Invite You To Attend

A WINE TASTING EVENING

INCLUDING LIGHT REFRESHMENTS AND A RAFFLE

In aid of RadCan (Registered Charity No 1140906)

All proceeds raised will help fund much needed equipment for the new
Radiotherapy Unit currently located at the Basingstoke & North Hants Hospital

27th March 2015
Commencing at 7pm

Brookvale Village Hall
Lower Brook Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7SD
Car parking available

Tickets: £10 each
Available on a first come first served basis from: Mrs L Fox
Tel: 01256 353219
Email: lindaefox.LF@gmail.com

Do come and join us for what promises to be a great evening!

The Sherbornes Art Exhibition

Paintings – Sculpture – Ceramics – Woodcraft

 Sherborne St John Village Hall, RG24 9HP

Saturday 4th April : 10.00am — 5.00pm
Sunday 5th April : 10.00am — 4.00pm
Monday 6th April : 12.00am — 5.00pm

Refreshments available all day
Supporting RADCAN, Basingstoke

Details from 01256 850593 or 01256 850495

Click here to download a flier for the event

RadCan Update – Summer 2014

Each year around 300 cancer patients have to travel from the Basingstoke area to either Guildford or Southampton and sometimes even London for radiotherapy treatment. This represents around 7,500 sessions of treatment and may involve daily return journeys five days a week for up to six weeks! All this at a time when patients are likely to be already at a very low ebb.

In 2012 a firm commitment was made by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust that a state of the art cancer centre would be provided in the North Hampshire area. The exact location is not yet known but in the meantime an interim Radiotherapy Unit has been built on the Basingstoke Hospital site. RadCan is a truly local charity and all of our current fundraising efforts will support the new unit.


New Radiotherapy Unit

The new Radiotherapy Unit will be open to patients in June 2014 and will treat around 40% of cancer patients from the Basingstoke area. RadCan Trustees recently visited the new unit and were very impressed with the equipment, the staff and the general ambience.

 

In December RadCan contributed £104,000 towards the £450,000 cost of a CT Scanner for the new unit and in March we spent £7,593 on a Bladder Scanner and £5,000 to sponsor a garden.

Our founder Paulline Williams with Debra Morgan of The AA in the seating area of the summer gardenWe are now raising funds to purchase a piece of equipment called a Respiratory Motion Phantom which is a state-of-the-art breathing simulator for conducting quality assurance testing on radiotherapy systems. When the system downloads patient respiratory waveforms to the phantom it is possible to simulate the breathing function. The outcome is that the impact of the tumor motion is reduced and the treatment is more accurate and less likely to damage adjoining organs such as the heart. The equipment can be used in the treatment of lung, breast and prostate cancer.

The equipment will cost in the region of £43,000 to £45,000. RadCan has already raised £30,000 and we need your help to raise the rest.

The purchase of the motion phantom will put the Basingstoke Radiotherapy Unit in the top ten units in the country.


Please visit the How You Can Help page  for details on ways you can support our work.

Click here to download this update as a PDF

Organ Recital – Andrew Benson-Wilson

In Aid Of RadCan
European Organ Music 1600 to 1750

SATURDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2014 – 3.00 pm

Andrew Benson-WilsonAndrew Benson-Wilson specialises in the performance of early organ music, ranging from early 14th and 15th century manuscripts to composers of the late Classical period. His playing is informed by experience of historic organs, an understanding of period performance techniques and by several internationally renowned teachers. Andrew’s concerts have ranged from the prestigious London concert hall of St John’s, Smith Square to a tiny 17th century chamber organ in a medieval castle in Croatia. According to one reviewer, his St John’s, Smith Square recital ”proved to be one of the most rewarding organ recitals heard in London in years, an enthralling experience”.

The Ledsham Memorial Organ at All Saints Parish Church was designed and built by Martin Goetze and Dominic Gwynn in 2011

The recital will be followed by afternoon tea – proceeds to RadCan (Charity No. 1140906) Click here to download an application form or click here to download a poster for the event.

RadCan is raising funds to provide equipment for the new Radiotherapy Unit at Basingstoke Hospital

Further details and tickets may be obtained from Margaret Porter (Treasurer Radcan) Tel: 02380 230649 or Peter Heath (RadCan Trustee) Tel. 01256 327713

Venue: All Saints Parish Church, The Bury, Odiham, Hampshire RG29 1LZ
(there is limited parking in The Bury Car Park, 32 spaces in Deer Park View Car Park off the High Street and parking on the High Street itself)

Ticket price £12 including refreshments (children half price)

Walk for RadCan 2014

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This year’s Walk for RadCan will take place at 10am on Sunday 4th May.

A gentle 5 kilometre walk around the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke.

No minimum sponsorship level, no entry fee. Dogs welcome.

Registration forms also available at your local Southern Co-operative Stores in Beggarwood, Buckskin, South Ham, Tadley and Overton