MORE than £10,000 has already been donated to secure a surgical robot at the Alexandra Hospital to support the treatment of prostate cancer patients.
The cash has flowed in since the Standard launched the Rory the Robot campaign with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in March.
Standard readers, and those of our sister titles, have generously donated almost £3,000 alone while a number of other fund-raising events have taken place with more in the pipeline.
Theo Makris, who runs Studley Fish Bar, raised more than £700 by donating 50p from every portion of chips sold on Good Friday, as well as a raffle with one lucky customer winning the top prize of a year’s free supply of fish and chips. Staff at the High Street shop working on the night also donated their wages to the cause.
“My father had prostate cancer and I wanted to do something to help other people with the disease.” Mr Makris said.
“I’d like to thank my customers for supporting the Rory appeal.”
Solihull firm Couch Perry Wilkes’ has also raised more than £500 through a series of dress down days. Staff were inspired by mechanical engineer and Bromsgrove resident Aidan McSharry who was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had an operation to remove his prostate last January. He has now been given the all clear.
The campaign aims to raise £1.6million to buy the machine which will be based at the Alexandra Hospital, the county’s centre of excellence for urology.
Prostate cancer claims the life of one man every hour and by 2030 will be the most common cancer. In Worcestershire alone there are 2,500 men surviving prostate cancer at any one time, with about 450 to 550 new cases diagnosed every year.
The technology will allow surgeons to remove tumours with more precision through five cuts around the prostate gland rather than open surgery. It means less blood loss, less pain after surgery, a lower risk of complications and recovery times will fall from up to 12 weeks to between three to four weeks. It can also be used for head and neck cancer, colorectal and heart surgery.
People can donate online at www.justgiving.com/rorytherobot, by texting RORY 97 + £amount to 70070 or by filling in the form in this week’s Standard. Visit www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/rorytherobot for more information or sponsorship forms.