Guests at a nostalgia evening raised more than £2,000 to help purchase equipment for patients with oesophageal cancer at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH).
The Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) unit at RBH provides treatment for, among other conditions, oesophageal and gastric cancers and is a centre of excellence, serving people from across Dorset and Salisbury. To support the patient experience above and beyond what the NHS can provide, guests to the nostalgia evening donned outfits from war time 1920s to the 1950s and danced to live music to help generate important funds for the Upper GI unit.
Each year, approximately 1,700 people come into RBH for tests and last year 67 were diagnosed with oesophageal cancer. The money raised from this event will help to fund additional and vital ward equipment necessary to treat Upper GI cancers.
The event was organised by Lynn Ireland in support of her friend Jane Manning-Phillips. Jane was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer 18 months ago and has since hosted a variety of events to help raise awareness of this disease in the community and funds to improve its treatment.
Upper Gastrointestinal (GI) clinical nurse specialist, Mike Goodman, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Lynn and Jane for organising this event and to everyone who donated.”
If you would like to support Lynn and Jane in their fundraising efforts you can donate online at bournemouthhospitalcharity.org and quote Nostalgia.