Rosemere’s ‘Walk in the Dark’ charity trek raises £23,600

Posted on - 11th July, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fylde News, People, Preston News, Proud Preston, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Dan receives a cheque from (left to right) Chorley area’s Denise Bolton, Susan Higgins, Hazel Derbyshire and Marion Hilton

A Rosemere charity scheme that saw 250 walkers trek 11 miles between two local hospitals in April has raised £23,600.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s ‘Walk in the Dark’ saw walkers across Lancashire and South Cumbria trek from Chorley and South Ribble Hospital to Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital.

Rosemere will use the funds raised in entry fees and sponsorship, with around half of the total raised through online fundraising pages, for the new 25 Years Anniversary Guiding Light Appeal.

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The start of the 2022 Walk in the Dark

Dan Hill, the chief officer at Rosemere Cancer Foundation, said: “We are massively grateful to all our walkers, who supported our 14th Walk in the Dark and to our walk sponsor, Eric Wright Group.

“SGRT will benefit every radiotherapy patient. Our aim is to have it installed in six of the cancer centre’s seven radiotherapy treatment rooms and one CT scanner room by the end of the summer, and breast cancer patients will be the first to benefit.

“There are 65 specialist cancer centres in the UK. Of these, Rosemere Cancer Centre will become only the 15th to provide SGRT and only the second in the North West, as only The Christie has it in our region.”

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The appeal, launched in May to mark Rosemere Cancer Centre’s and Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s joint silver jubilee, has a £1.3 million target to bring SGRT Surface Guided Radiotherapy Treatment to the cancer centre this summer.

SGRT uses a near infra-red guiding light system to pinpoint with sub-mm precision the exact site at which radiation beams must be targeted during radiotherapy treatment to deliver a cancer-destroying optimum dose of
treatment while reducing the risk of damage to surrounding healthy cells.

SGRT also reduces the need for multiple positioning scans, which reduces patients’ overall exposure to radiation.

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In addition, it removes the need for permanent positioning tattoos on patients’ skin prior to radiotherapy treatment, reducing the need for closed face masks, which some undergoing radiotherapy for head and neck cancers have to wear during their treatment and can be uncomfortable and claustrophobic.

As Lancashire’s and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment centre, Rosemere Cancer Centre undertakes all radiotherapy for the two counties.

Approximately 240 patients a day, five days a week, receive radiotherapy at the centre.

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Of these, 35 per cent are from Preston and South Ribble, 22 per cent from East Lancs, 20 per cent from Fylde and 19 per cent from North Lancs and South Cumbria.

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