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Volunteers Week Meet Elsa

Its Volunteers Week meet Elsa one of our wonderful volunteers.

1) How long have you volunteered for Scannappeal?

Since 5 March 2003.

2) Why did you first get involved with Scannappeal?

I wanted to help raise money because I felt equipment meant the charity funded in 1995 led to my husband Mickey’s lung cancers being identified at an early stage and that bought us another 8 years together.

3) Tell us about your role?

I’ve been involved in garden events, many tombolas out and about. In Amersham lots of stalls, bric-a-brac, cakes etc. In my early days I helped in the office and that encouraged me to buy a computer and have lessons. That was good for me as emails, Google and Facebook keeps me in touch with family and friends. My biggest role has been helping to start the bookshop.

4) What do you like most about the role you do?

Just knowing that all the money raised is going to give patients’ access to updated machinery it also has given me the chance to make lots of friends. We get lovely people who come to visit us in the bookshop.

5) Can you tell us about the most memorable thing that’s happened to you whilst volunteering?

a: When I heard we could have the shop on the 2nd floor. To allow us to show all the lovely various books that are donated.

b: I always have a smile and lovely memory of Susie after one of the open garden events when Lord Carrington came down and drew a halo over heads!!

6) What contribution or achievement are you most proud of?

“The Bookshop” gives me pleasure always working along with Pam. Organising themes etc. But mostly meeting all the patients that visit us. I’ve made many friends who bring in books, knitted items and homemade cards. All wanting to contribute in some way.

7) What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Not to waste time and energy on something you cannot change.

8) What might someone be surprised to know about you?

I have a crush on Aidan Turner.

9) In one sentence why should people volunteer their time to support Scannappeal?

By volunteering to raise funds for Scannappeal many lives will be saved.

10) Finally if you could go anywhere and do anything with no limit on time or money, where would you go, what would you do?

Nothing comes to mind! Happy where I am.


Volunteers Week

We are extremely proud of all our volunteers, and so grateful for all that they do for us, that is why we are showcasing our volunteers throughout Volunteers Week.

Let us introduce you to our fabulous volunteer Brenda Hall, we asked her the following questions:-

1) How long have you volunteered for Scannappeal?
Since January 2009 – 8 years

2) Why did you first get involved with Scannappeal?
We started supporting Scannappeal events in about 2000.

3) Tell us about your role?
I help out in the office half a day a week, doing anything from stuffing envelopes, photocopying making coffee to work on the database and researching information on the internet. I also help with some collections and one or two events each year.

4) What do you like most about the role you do?
The variety of jobs and keeping my brain active, if only once a week!

5) Can you tell us about the most memorable thing that’s happened to you whilst volunteering?
Meeting Mary Berry at an open garden event I was helping at.

6) What contribution or achievement are you most proud of?
Meeting Mary Berry at an open garden event I was helping at.

7) What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
To always be friendly and polite to everyone however annoying the may be!

8) What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I’m an avid walker walker, I do a walk of 10-12 miles every week.

9) In one sentence why should people volunteer their time to support Scannappeal?
It’s a really worthwhile charity that is likely to have helped wither someone in your family or a friend.

10) Finally if you could go anywhere and do anything with no limit on time or money, where would you go, what would you do?
I would love to visit Costa Rica to see all the wonderful wildlife there.

Pearl Ball Sponsorship Opportunities

With this being our 30th Anniversary year we are delighted that one of our key events will be our Summer Pearl Ball taking place on Saturday 24th June at The Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross.

If you are a business or organisation that wishes to gain exposure of your company profile and show your commitment and support towards a fantastic local charity that is making a big difference to the community, why not take advantage of our fantastic sponsorship opportunities.

Our packages are designed to incorporate businesses of all sizes whilst gaining them maximum exposure. We also offer bespoke packages which are customised to suit individual needs.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss the Pearl Ball Sponsorship  opportunities with you and tailor it to meet your needs. Please contact info.scannappeal@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk or (01494 734161) to discuss opportunities further.

The Mayor of High Wycombe’s Charity Ball

The Mayor of High Wycombe proudly presents, The Mayor’s Ball. Taking place on Sat 6th May 2017, this exciting evening will include; a 3 course sit down dinner (Asian food, plus English food on request), live auction raffle and music where you can dance well into the night. Proceeds from the Ball will benefit the Mayor’s chosen charities The Wycombe Homeless Connection and Scannappeal.

Purchase your tickets today and show your support for two great charities. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Mayor’s office on 01494 421134.

Venue: Queen’s Hall, Royal Grammar School, Amersham Road, High Wycombe, HP13 6QT

Date: 6th May 2017

Time: 7pm – 11.30pm

Ticket Price: £35

All Heart Awareness Day

Scannappeal would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in our All Heart awareness day on Wednesday 8 February.

Patients, visitors and staff alike, were able to have their BP checked, get one to one dietary and exercise advice and see some of the latest technical equipment in action thanks to the Cardiology team at Wycombe Hospital .  A raffle for a huge food & drink hamper and a heart/love themed stall at Amersham Hospital were manned by Scannappeal volunteers and the 1st Halton Scouts and various hospital staff at Wycombe at Stoke Mandeville dressed in red in recognition of the day.

Thanks again to all who supported the day and helped raise a wonderful £643.28 for the All Heart Appeal.

Go Red for Scannappeal!

February is Scannappeal’s All Heart month and we’re looking for supporters to get together with family, friends & colleagues to hold a fundraising activity on any day during February to help raise funds for our All Heart Appeal.

Ideas include a wear red to work day, red themed cakes with coffee morning or a red themed raffle.  With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, you may like to add a love theme to your activity such as a romantic novel book exchange/sale, or a girls chick flick, chocolate and red wine night!

It doesn’t matter how big or small your event is, every penny helps us achieve our fundraising goal to purchase state of the art equipment to radically improve diagnosis and treatment of heart disease in our local hospitals.

If you can help us reach our £185,000 target by doing any of the above or your own fundraising idea, please contact info.scannappeal@buckshealthcare.nhs.uk or call the Scannappeal office on 01494 734161 for more information and how we can help support your event.


Charitable trust boost for cataract patients

Our Eye See appeal received a significant boost this week when Roger and Jean Jefcoate visited the ophthalmology department to donate £7,000 from their family charitable trust.

Dr Larry Benjamin, consultant ophthalmologist at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said:  “The very generous donation from The Roger and Jean Jefcoate Trust will be used for equipment to remove cataracts and repair retinal problems.   We operate on around 4,500 patients with cataracts a year and the numbers are rising due to an ageing population. These new machines will keep us at the cutting edge for years to come, making operations much safer and more efficient.  This donation will benefit a large number of patients and all the staff at the eye unit are extremely grateful”.

Mr Jefcoate said: “We are pleased to support the Eye See appeal, being so impressed with Larry Benjamin’s work, both here and overseas; he is very much an unsung hero.”

The Eye See appeal was started in Spring 2016 and a vitrectomy machine for complex eye surgery was purchased in November.  Lisa Trivett, director of Scannappeal, said: “Thanks to Roger and Jean‘s tremendous support we will shortly be in a position to order a phacoemulsification machine to help improve cataract surgery.”

Kop Hill’s Cardiology Boost for Bucks

Our small project for pocket-sized cardiology scanners received a significant boost this week when £6,000 was received from the Kop Hill Climb.  This will fund one of the scanners at Stoke Mandeville hospital.

Beverley Trevitt said: “The work of Scannappeal is vital and Kop Hill is very committed to supporting heath and well- being across the local area of Aylesbury.  We are delighted to be able to donate £6,000 to Scannappeal this year to enable a quicker and non-invasive diagnosis, building upon the £3,500 donated the previous year. The Kop Hill Climb is now part of Heart of Bucks (the Community Foundation for Bucks) and through this excellent partnership ‘local need is supported through local giving’.”

This project is to fund three of these portable scanners for Stoke Mandeville and Wycombe hospitals.  Using ultrasound technology, they give a fast first look into the heart – immediately and non-invasively, assessing cardiac anatomy and function, wherever and whenever needed. Small and lightweight, they can be carried straight to the point of care, with a battery capacity which provides over one hour of scanning on a single charge.


New Year – New Challenge for Scannappeal

If your New Year resolution is to achieve a thrilling challenge then our Scannappeal Skydive could be just what you’re looking for! It takes place on Sunday 9 July at Brackley Airfield (15 miles North of Oxford) where you will complete training and complete a exhilarating 10,000 feet freefall tandem parachute jump with a qualified instructor.

Our information pack has everything you need including your reservation and sponsorship forms and we’ve made everything as easy as possible for you to take part.

All we ask is that you to raise £395 in sponsorship money in order for you to jump for free and in turn we will receive an average donation of £140. In addition to this, every extra pound that you raise over the minimum comes straight to the charity, so please try to raise as much as you possibly can!

This challenge event is possible thanks to professional events organisers Skyline who receive a flat rate per jumper for organising the jumps for us. Skyline specialise in organising fundraising events for charities such as ourselves so if you have any questions please ring them directly as they are in the best position to answer your questions – you can contact them on 020 7424 5522.

Here are some comments from a couple of our 2016 ‘jumpers’

Christ Croft says he & his daughter Louisa wanted to do the skydive to raise money for Scannappeal because, “my wife Alison had breast cancer 5 years ago and she benefited from the latest technology and only needed one operation rather than two.  We wanted to show our appreciation by raising some money to help many other people.  We are very grateful to have this local charity which is in the forefront of providing equipment used within the NHS. The skydive was a fantastic experience and I am so glad Scannappeal gave us the opportunity for the thrill of a lifetime!”

Sam Evans and Sarah Hicks from Audiology at Amersham Hospital completed their skydives on Saturday 16th July 2016, in glorious weather conditions. Sam told us their jump took place from 13,000 feet and from above two layers of clouds. He said, “It was truly a wonderful experience, which will never be forgotten.”

Scannappeal fundraising officer Hilary Colgan, “I conquered my fear of heights in one fell swoop, a fantastic instructor and an amazing experience which I will always remember and yes I WOULD do it again!!!”

We sincerely hope that you will decide to give it a go and help us raise vital funds in order to continue our work. Don’t forget, all you have to do is raise the minimum amount of sponsorship and you will get to jump for free!

If you would like to register your interest and receive a free information pack call the Scannappeal office on 01494 734161 or email Hilary.colgan@buckshealthcare.nhs.com  Please note that the closing date for registrations is 31/03/2017, places are limited so get in quick if you’d like to join us for a truly amazing experience,

Winter Quiz raises £1300 for All Heart Appeal!

A full house saw 20 tables of intrepid Quizzers raise over £1300 for Scannappeal’s new All Heart Appeal for Wycombe and Amersham  Hospitals at the second of our twice yearly Scannappeal Quiz Nights at Hazlemere Golf Club. The ‘Not you again’ team reclaimed the coverted silver trophy with 74.5 points, ‘Back with a Vengeance’ were the runners up with 72 points and ‘The Trojans’ in third place with 47.5 points.

Our Quiz dates for 2017 are Friday 17 March & Friday 10 November – we only have four tables left so if you want to reserve your table please call the Scannappeal team on 01494 734161.

We’d also like to say thank you to the hospitality team at Hazlemere Golf Club for the scrummy fish/chicken & chip supper .