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Amersham Town Band boosts Scannappeal funds!

Amersham Town Band joined forces with Amersham Town Council with a charity concert and raised £294 from donations for their delicious cream teas.

Hundreds of people enjoyed the warm summer sunshine whilst listening to the Proms style concert held in the Memorial Gardens in the Old town on July 19.

Scannappeal volunteers ran a very popular tombola and plant stall raising a further £274.50 bringing the total to a wonderful £568.50 for the Sound Appeal at Amersham Hospital.

 

 

‘Elvis’ breaks fund raising record at annual tribute concert for Scannappeal!

Local Elvis sound a like Billy Gallacher and his band the Bonquas broke his personal best fundraising target from their 26th Tribute concert held on the anniversary of Elvis’s death. Over 150 supporters sang and danced their way through the two and a half hour concert celebrating music of ‘The King’.  Billy, a long term supporter of Scannappeal has raised an amazing £40,000 from his fundraising concerts and events over the years.  Last Friday’s gig, held at Hazlemere Community Centre, raised almost £2,200 for Scannappeal’s Digital & 3D Breast Cancer Appeal for Wycombe Hospital. This Appeal once complete, will radically improve the early diagnosis of breast cancer so helping over 23,000 local patients aged between 47 and 73 each year. Billy who’s delighted to have exceeded his fundraising target says “ there was a fantastic atmosphere and to see a full dance floor all evening couldn’t have been better”

 

Open Garden Season 2015

Running from late spring to mid summer, this year’s Scannappeal Open Garden programme featured a total of 15 scheduled garden openings plus one garden whose owners offered to open by appointment.

Four of the gardens were larger gardens where musical entertainment, a raffle, plant stall and teas were provided.  A further three were group openings where a number of gardens in close proximity to each other offered visitors the chance to visit various styles of garden during the afternoon.  Two gardens opened during the evening offering wine and canapés for visitors to enjoy whilst relaxing in the late sunshine and another garden opened over a Sunday lunchtime, serving a two course meal with musical entertainment.

This extremely varied programme of gardens attracted over 1,500 visitors in total and Scannappeal are delighted to have raised £17,000 towards our current three appeals at Amersham, Wycombe and Stoke Mandeville hospitals.

We are as ever grateful to the garden owners who kindly agreed to take part in this year’s programme and who have put a tremendous amount of effort into preparing their gardens for our visitors.

Our sincere thanks must also go to the small army of wonderful Scannappeal volunteers who helped to ensure that every open garden event ran smoothly.

Planning for our 2016 programme is now well under way. To register interest in receiving further details please contact Scannappeal.

Tributes Pour In After Scannappeal Patron Passes Away

Scannappeal’s Trustees, staff and volunteers were very sad to hear the news that the charity’s Principal Patron, Cilla Black, has passed away.  Cilla was actively involved with Scannappeal for nearly 20 years and has met thousands of supporters during that time.  She played a key part in the success of many Appeals for life-saving equipment, hosted receptions to thank donors and attended major fundraising events and private functions to thank the charity’s many volunteers.  Scannappeal’s Chairman, William Baxter CBE, said ‘As Principal Patron she worked tirelessly to help Scannappeal raise funds and to give supporters the recognition they deserved through her Patron’s Awards scheme. We have lost a remarkable person who brought sparkle and humour to every occasion.’

Community Matters to John Lewis

Staff and customers at John Lewis in High Wycombe kindly supported Scannappeal through the Community Matters scheme earlier this year.  Susie Weisz, a Trustee of Scannappeal, was presented with a cheque for £1,131 by Dawn Stokoe , Community Liaison Coordinator at the John Lewis store.  In addition the company donated gift vouchers and a Kindle Paperwhite for fundraising activities and this helped  generate a further £3,000.  This will go towards our £500,000 digital & 3D breast screening Appeal for Wycombe Hospital and the community to radically improve diagnosis of early breast cancer.

 

Summertime Swing!

MANY thanks for all the hard work and effort put in by ALL the volunteers involved in our new Summertime Swing event at Shardeloes Old Amersham on Sunday 21 June.

In particular, Hilary’s ‘set up’ party who arrived to find very little venue left, thanks to an event the previous evening. What was left, was covered in feathers and sparkles! Special thanks to Audrey Vale, Marlene Hayton, Charles Pledger and Betty Keen who came to the rescue and helped with the enormous clear up and replacement of furniture. Huge thanks Also to Amerhsam Free Church who kindly lent us many, many chairs at the last minute!

Thankfully, the evening was a huge success and raised over £2,600 for the Sound Appeal.  A special mention must go to Diane Emsley who sold raffle tickets at £5 each and single-handedly raised a magnificent £975

Climbing dizzy heights for Scannappeal!

photo - group William Baxter (Scannappeal Chairman) & wife Fiona, teamed up with  Scannappeal Trustee Andrew Harman and his wife Kate in a new fundraising  challenge.

The intrepid four climbed a snowy Ben Nevis, cycled 25 miles and rowed 3K  across a Loch in Canadian canoes in challenging conditions in less than 12  hours!

 

Between them, they raised a magnificent £5000 for the Laser Heart Appeal at Wycombe Hospital and we’d like to say huge thank you for their efforts and that we’re already planning their next challenge!

The team event was organised by Dream Challenges.  If you would like to challenge yourself to a trek, climb or bike ride and help raise funds for Scannappeal then please contact hilary.colgan@buckshealthcare,nhs.uk for more details of forthcoming events.

 

New Piece of Equipment for Audiology

Scannappeal has funded another  much needed piece of equipment, this time for Audiology.

The Maico OAE Screener is designed to measure the function of the outer hair cells of the inner ear as well as monitoring the function of the outer and middle ear.

  • It is fast and portable with the ability to test newborn babies, children and adults.
  • It has an easy to view screen and portable printer.
  • It can also be linked to a computer for more detailed test analysis

The benefits to the patient is that they should not have to wait for a screening diagnostic appointment or need to be seen at a different hospital and that their care can be prioritised accordingly.

 

Running the Bupa 10,000 for Scannappeal

A huge well done and thank you to David Yeung who has raised a wonderful £287.50 after completing the BUPA 10,000  in May.

 

David (in the blue shirt on the right) has asked that his fundraising go to the Cancer Fighting Fund.

 

If you would like to take on a running/walking/cycling or any other sort of challenge, please contact Hilary at the Scannappeal office on 01494 734161 and we’ll let you know how we can support you.

New Portable Machinery for Anaesthetics Department

As part of our Small Projects Programme, we are pleased to have funded a Portable  Anaesthetics Ultrasound Machine .

Dr Carl Morris, Consultant Anaesthetist, said, ‘It’s already been put to plenty of use.  I was at Stoke Mandeville once, and on that day it got used for about 6 patients, two of whom probably couldn’t have had their operations done without it.