Stars Appeal launch their new breast cancer appeal

Please help us raise £750,000 for a dedicated Breast Cancer Unit here at Salisbury District Hospital.

Joanna Bott“Three months after my 26th birthday, I was told I had breast cancer. What happened after was a whirlwind of tests, surgery and treatments. Due to the nature of the cancer, I needed a mastectomy followed by months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I am now part-way through 10 years of hormone therapy.

Having cancer can be very isolating. Since my diagnosis I have met some wonderful people and been fortunate to have a lot of support, but it is not easy for everybody to seek such help. That’s why I think a specialist Breast Unit would be a fabulous idea. A place for patients to go without feeling embarrassed, a hub of support and information, and somewhere everything can be done in one place.”

Joanna Bott, Salisbury

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 Why do we need a dedicated Breast Unit?

1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Breast cancers treated in Salisbury have increased by nearly 40% in the last two years. Salisbury District Hospital’s specialist breast team offer excellent care but the number of patients they see is growing fast. Now they urgently need a dedicated Breast Unit to provide even better, quicker and more dignified treatment for over 4,500 local women, and a small number of men, each year.

What will the benefits be?

A dedicated Breast Unit will offer:

1. Faster diagnosis and treatment

  • Same day diagnosis
  • No need to visit other departments or repeatedly dress and undress for mammograms and scans
  • Quicker access to treatment
  • State-of-the-art equipment

2. The best possible environment

  • Purpose-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms dedicated entirely to breast patients
  • Sensitive design and décor creating a calm, light and dignified environment
  • Private spaces to talk, think and reflect
  • Counselling rooms for women who have just been told they have breast cancer

3. The best possible experience for patients

  • No more anxious waits for results
  • Fewer return visits and more efficient care
  • A tranquil haven where patients can be supported by staff and one another

Who will you be helping?

Your support will help over 4,500 local patients each year, from across Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset. Perhaps even you, a friend or a member of your family.

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The campaign is supported by  salisbury journal

Photos kindly provided by John Rose Photography

Lord Pembroke launches Walk for Wards 2013

Stars Appeal President Lord Pembroke officially launched Walk for Wards 2013 today and is inviting local people to take part in the event which takes place in the grounds of Wilton House, his ancestral home, on Sunday 23rd June.

Lord Pembroke said, “Our local hospital does such a great job and the work of the Stars Appeal makes an enormous difference to people in every ward and department. Last year’s walkers raised a record-breaking £63,000. Much of that went towards enhancing the new Neonatal Unit and attached parents’ accommodation, projects especially close to my heart as I was cared for in the old Neonatal Unit as a baby. Now I encourage local people to get involved again. Come and join this year’s walk at Wilton House to raise even more funds for important charitable projects around our Hospital.”

Over the last seven years, thousands of local people have enjoyed the annual Stars Appeal Walk for Wards. As a result the event has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to help fund additional care, the latest equipment and a better environment for patients in Salisbury District Hospital.

Walk for Wards features two routes, both of which cross the beautiful Palladian Bridge and go on to the parkland and woods of the estate. The 3k walk is particularly suitable for young families with toddlers and pushchairs whilst the 10k walk is more challenging.  All walkers get a free picnic lunch, medal and the chance to enjoy the grounds and adventure playground after the walk. Entry is free, but all walkers must register in advance and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £15 per person.

Walkers can choose to support a particular project, ward or department, or raise funds for wherever the need is greatest. This year the Stars Appeal is raising funds for a number of new projects to make a difference for local people in Salisbury District Hospital.

These include: building a therapeutic garden for cancer and stroke patients; providing state-of-the-art heated cots for the Neonatal Unit, so that babies can be transferred out of incubators sooner; improving care for teenagers and young adults on the Hospital’s Pembroke Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit; funding state-of-the-art monitoring equipment for seriously ill children; providing portable diagnostic machines for cardiac patients, especially those too sick to be moved; and supporting creative activities for elderly patients.

To register for Walk for Wards visit the Stars Appeal website at www.starsappeal.org or call 01722 429005 to request an entry form.

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