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Volunteers Week Meet Stephanie

It’s Volunteers Week meet Stephanie one of our superb volunteers.

1) How long have you volunteered for Scannappeal?

I started in 2011 but was on staff from 2013 – 2015.

2) Why did you first get involved with Scannappeal?

My mother had been volunteering for a number of years and made me aware that Scannappeal needed some younger volunteers.

3) Tell us about your role?

Mainly helping in the office – currently processing event tickets as well as other admin tasks. Also helping at events.

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

Keeping in touch with friends and having a sense of making a contribution.

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

Casually strolling across a Scannappeal Open Garden event chatting to David Cameron.

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

Making a major contribution to pulling off the 25 for 25 open gardens in 2012.

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

Never go to bed on an argument.

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

I have trophies for machine gun and pistol shooting.

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

It is a great way to meet new people and visit some interesting places whilst helping to make a difference.

10) Finally if you could invite anyone living or passed to dinner who would it be and why?

Definitely Harry Potter so that I could invite my daughter and her friend as well – the world’s biggest fans!

 

 

Volunteers Week Meet John

It’s Volunteers Week meet John one of our amazing volunteers.

1) How long have you volunteered for Scannappeal?

15 years.

2) Why did you first get involved with Scannappeal?

Through my wife Pam.

3) Tell us about your role?

I work in the Wycombe bookshop on a Tuesday morning, flag days collecting, working at the Rebellion weekend (never missed a day) and anything else I can do to help fundraise.

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

Raising money for Scannappeal and meeting fellow volunteers and Hospital consultants involved with equipment for which we are raising money.

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

Collecting £100 in 2 hours on a flag day in Amersham.

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

A skydive with my son, daughter, stepdaughter and nephew in 2004.

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

Make the most of your life.

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

It is very rewarding raising money to help fellow citizens to have a well-equipped local hospitals and dedicated consultants with the best equipment available.

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

Go nowhere, but help find a cure for cancer and dementia.

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.