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Chelmsford Cancer Charity Donation
Chelmsford Cancer Charity presenting the cheque to trust chairman, Nick Alston (far left), Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan (centre) and Nick Archer, theatre matron (second from left).

March 19

Chelmsford Cancer Charity generously donates £20,000 to our robotic surgery appeal

Chelmsford Cancer Charity has generously donated £20,000 to our robotic surgery appeal, helping us to reach the extraordinary fundraising total of more than £1million.

On Friday, March 9, representatives from Chelmsford Cancer Charity attended Broomfield Hospital to present the cheque to Nick Alston, trust chairman, Mr Sri Kadirkamanathan, consultant upper GI surgeon, and the theatres team.

We are extremely grateful for their kind contribution towards the upgrading of the robotic surgery service, which includes a state-of-the-art new surgical robot and the continued use of surgical robotics.

Ross Hammond, trustee from Chelmsford Cancer Charity, said: “Our aim is to support Broomfield Hospital in providing the best treatment and care for patients and those affected by cancer in Essex.  

“It’s reassuring to know the funds we raise go directly to improving facilities for local people. 

Our donation to the robot appeal is only possible due to the continued work from volunteers and supporters, who’ve helped through local fundraising events and by visiting our charity shop in Danbury. We’ll continue to raise funds to help reach the target needed.”

Nick Alston, trust chairman, added: “Chelmsford Cancer Charity’s work to raise money for clinical trials and research which benefits patients who are diagnosed with cancer is remarkable and it has been wonderful to see such support for our robotic surgery appeal. We are very thankful for the donation of this fantastic sum and for their ongoing collaboration with our hospital.

“We are delighted to have now reached the £1million mark in our appeal, and we look forward to further energetic fundraising among our community to reach the £1.5million we need.”

We are working in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University, who will utilise the older model of our surgical robot for education purposes, and our surgical team will support the new generation of surgeons with their training.

There is significant evidence that demonstrates a number of advantages for patients who have benefited from surgery with the surgical robot compared to conventional surgical techniques including: 

•Shorter hospital stays

•Immediate improvements during recovery

•Precision surgery (overcoming limitations of laparoscopic surgery)

•Articulation beyond normal manipulation

•Naturally occurring tremors filtered out by computer software

Your support will put Broomfield Hospital firmly on the map as surgical innovators in Essex. You can donate to our appeal, ‘Rally Together for the Robot’, here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/midessexhospitals/surgicalbot