So far we have donated £84,899 to Cancer Research UK.
We have also donated £8,000 to Breast Cancer Care
To date we have donated £144,000 (in money and equipment) to The Breast Care Unit at St. James’ Hospital, Leeds.
Total of all donations £236,899
(The above figures are correct as at 15th February 2020)
In February 2020 Pink Events donated £769 to the Breast Care Unit to restock their department with a range of softies which patients can insert into their bra post-mastectomy. Also a range of specially designed bras for post mastectomy patients.
Pink Events recently purchased two Breast Medical Textbooks that are immensely useful in training the junior members of the Breast Care Team, learning new techniques and understanding the steps before an operation. This donation ammounted to £346.
Pink Events visited the Breast Care unit at St. James’s to view the ‘Quiet Rooms’ now that the pictures have been installed. Joining Pink Events were the family of Janet Rhodes, whose legacy donation paid for the pictures. This was the first opportunity they had had to view the pictures in place and had the opportunity to talk with the staff on the unit.
At the same time Pink Events also used £560 to provide the unit with a range of ‘Softies’ in various sizes. These are inserted into a bra for those patients post-mastectomy.
Pink Events use £40,000 to provde the Breast Unit at St. James’s Hospital with an Arkus chair, lateral arm and Smartcurve Breast Stabilising system. They also recieved an upgrade to the Intel 2D TM software. All of these are to make it more comfortable for patients when undergoing a biopsy.
Pink Events present a cheque for £5,000 to Cancer Research UK
With a legacy left to Pink Events by Janet Rhodes of Cookridge ,we recently purchased a range of items for the Breast Care Unit. These included several framed pictures which will adorn the walls of the ‘Quiet Rooms’, in which patients are often given life changing news.
To further soften the rooms appearance a range of cushions have been provided to be placed on the sofas and chairs. These small changes alter the often clinical appearance and provide an improved facility for patient comfort and care.
Pink Events also purchasedsome books, these will allow patients and staff to assist children to understand and better cope with the adult’s diagnosis. The books have been written in a language that children can deal with and helps to guide them through the journey.
£210 allowed Pink Events to purchase a range of ‘Softies’ in various sizes. These are inserted into a bra for those patients post-mastectomy.
Pink Events Present Sarah Mattinson of Cancer Research UK with a cheque for £3,000.
£875 was used to allow Pink Events to purchase additional electronically adjustable examination tables to be used in the Breast Care Ultrasound department at the Leeds Breast Clinic at St James’s Hospital, Leeds. This brings the total number of these couches provided up to 13.
Pink Events Present Sarah Mattinson of Cancer Research UK with a cheque for £2,000
£3500 was used to allow Pink Events to purchase 4 additional electronically adjustable examination tables to be used in the outpatients department at the Leeds Breast Clinic at St James’s Hospital, Leeds’. This brings the total number up to 12.
Pink Events Present Sarah Mattinson of Cancer Research UK with a cheque for £5,000
Pink Events Present Mr. Philip Turton with a cheque for £6,720
for the purchase of the new electronically adjustable examination tables to be used in the outpatients department at the Leeds Breast Clinic at St James’s Hospital, Leeds’
Pink Events see the installation of the 3D Vectra Imaging System
Pink Events Provide 3 TV’s to the Leeds Breast Clinic for Patient Waiting Area.
Pink Events spend £1100 on three televisions for the Breast Clinic waiting area. The TV’s are now installed and being enjoyed by waiting patients.
Pink Events Donate £5,000 to the Leeds Breast Clinic for Family History Software.
Leeds Breast Clinic were presented with £5,000 to enable them to purchase the Family History Software. This will enable them to extend their knowledge and look for significant risks that develop in some families. This will then be used to provide advice on screening and other strategies.
Pink Events Donate £10,000 to the Leeds Breast Clinic to improve patient comfort.
In February 2014 we presented Sue Callum – Senior Sister at St James’s Hospital Breast Care Unit with £10,000. The money will be spent on divider screens for the waiting area and refurbishment of four small rooms where patients can discuss their diagnosis and treatment with a nurse in a less clinical environment. This department needs lots of things like TV screens to display waiting times and useful information for patients. Electric examination beds so that patients can be raised, lowered and positioned comfortably without being shaken about whilst at their most vulnerable. Benches for the corridor. Computer terminals for patients to browse related websites. We will continue to raise money to improve the treatment and care of patients and hopefully tick some of these items off their list!
Pink Events Donate £8,000 to the Leeds Breast Clinic for purchase of Luxtec Ultralite Headlight system.
Following the Pink Ball 2012 where £12,300 was raised we were delighted to present the Leeds Breast Clinic with £8,000 to fund the purchase the requested operative head lighting system outlined by Philip Turton at the Ball. We look forward to hearing from Mr. Turton that the equipment has been delivered and is in use.
Pink Events Donate £22,000 towards purchase of specialist x-ray equipment for the Leeds Breast Clinic.
Continuing the relationship with the Leeds Breast Clinic at the LGI the committee have been able to contribute towards the costs of purchasing specialist x-ray equipment to be used in the operating theatres. When a tumor is removed in a lumpectomy, the most common form of breast cancer surgery, the surgeon needs to remove the tumor as well as some of the surrounding tissue. To ensure an acceptable degree of surrounding tissue the tumor is x-rayed to view this ‘clear margin’. Normally the sample has to be rushed to the x-ray department where the technician has to break off and produce the films for the surgeon. These films are then viewed by the surgeon to determine if the work is complete. If there is any doubt and a second x-ray is required the patient is kept under anaesthesia for a longer period of time.
The specialist x-ray equipment is intended to be used directly in the operating theatre where the surgeon can immediately view the results and if required take a second x-ray without the delays that have been previously described. This will mean that the patient will have less time under anaesthetic and the surgeon will be able to have sure knowledge that the proceedure is completed.
Pink Events Committee members (L to R) Maureen Young, Kimberley O’Rourke & Sarah Pattinson (chairperson) present Mr Phil Turton FRCSEd, FRCS(gen SURG), MD(Hons) with a cheque for £5,050 to purchase the Coleman Fat Transfer Equipment :-
The donation was raised to enable Mr Turton to purchase the Coleman Fat Transfer System for the Leeds Breast Clinic where he is the Consultant Breast and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. The Coleman Fat Transfer System will be the first in this region and provide the Breast Clinic with a method of assisting women who have had a mastectomy as part of treatment for Breast Cancer.
Mr. Turton has trained in the use of the Coleman system in Glasgow and is now looking forward to being able to offer this innovative treatment to the women of the region. Following a mastectomy reconstructive surgery is sometime an option taken by women. One method is to take muscle from the back to use as a natural reconstructive material, however, sometimes there is not enough material to give a satisfactory result. This is where the fat transfer system comes in. Fat cells are removed from the patient by means of gentle liposuction in order not to damage them. These cells are then separated by means of a centrifuge and the ‘good’ fat cells are used to be injected through micro-cannulas. Because the fat cells are a natural product of the body there is no chance of rejection and the results achieved by this system have been declared to be truly amazing.
In 2007 following her successful treatment for breast cancer Kimberley and two friends, who had also completed treatment, decided to walk the Great Wall of China to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. Kimberley raised £8000.