NEWS 2013

Frimley Park Hospital TEO Kit Presentation (December 2013)

A TEO Kit was purchased for the Department of Colorectal Surgery.

Mark Gudgeon, Consultant General Surgeon, said: “Heartfelt thanks to KatCanDo for raising the money for the TEO kit. It will allow us to perform two such cases on a list and means we have a back up if one system needs repair. With bowel cancer screening we are finding more small early cancers and this system allows us to remove benign growths and early cancers without the need for major abdominal surgery. The effort you and your team make in our behalf is extraordinary and allows us to develop the skills and techniques not readily available in many hospitals.” See media release for more details.

November / December Events (December 2013)

Several fundraising events were held during November and December, starting with a stall at the Xmas Craft Fayre held at the Camberley Theatre where we sold cakes, KatCanDo books and ran a tombola.

This was followed by staff from Irwin Mitchell, solicitors, running in a sponsored Capital Runners Richmond Park 10k event.

The Brightlight Theatre Company put on a production of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ with a percentage of the takings going to KatCanDo.

Finally we had a very successful bag packing day at Waitrose, Frimley, a couple of days before Christmas.

Together with selling Christmas cards again this year (with special thanks to Triland Metals) several thousand pounds have been raised by KatCanDo over these couple of months. THANK YOU to all those who helped and supported these events.

IRWIN MITCHELL staff raise £1300 in sponsored run

Employees from solicitors Irwin Mitchell raised £1300 through sponsorship for running in the Capital Runners Richmond Park 10K. This is one of many events being organised by Irwin Mitchell for their company’s ‘Charity Of The Year’ – KatCanDo

Rosemary Conley Starlight Charity Ball (4th October 2013)

Held at the Wentworth Club, the ball was a fantastic success raising over £13,000 for the new Breast Care Unit at Frimley Park Hospital. Thank you to Rosemary Conley instructors, Carol Wickes and Sarah Tuson for organising the event at which everyone enjoyed lovely food, a great band and much fundraising fun. Thanks also to all the sponsors and those who donated prizes (-click to see list). For photos go to the photo gallery.

Art of Living Prize Event & Trade Day Event (October 2013)

Art Of Living, Camberley, held a charity Trade Day Event recently and raised over £1000 for KatCanDo. Clive Blythe, Managing Director of Ceramic Tile Warehouse, said, “Our recent charity trade day was a great success and I would like to thank everyone who came down and supported the cause. KatCanDo is such a fabulous local charity which does great work and we are delighted to be able to hand over another cheque for in excess of £1,000.” Read all about it by following this link.

Fashion Show (September 2013)

Another successful evening at Frimley Community Centre with a Fashion Show organised by Travelling Trends. Over £1000 pounds was raised for KatCanDo including a contribution from the organisers.

Shooting Star – Christopher’s Children’s Hospice (August 2013)

KatCanDo handed over a cheque for £4135 to Shooting Star CHASE hospice care for children, for the purchase of two Oxygen concentrators and a pain therapy air flow mattress. Brian Gallagher from Shooting Star CHASE said: “The recent kind donation from KatCanDo facilitated the purchase of two new Oxygen concentrators and a pain therapy air flow mattress with a memory foam top. The staff love the new O2 concentrators – “very quiet and the delivery range is great 0.1litre up to 6 litres” The mattress is specially designed to provide pain management and pressure relief for children and young people who are suffering from increased pain due to their condition. The best arbiters of effectiveness are the young people who use the equipment After using the mattress for the first time one said, “The best nights sleep I have had for ages” A mum recently commented that it was “the most comfortable he has slept for a long time” and requested the mattress for her sons next visit. We are thrilled and so encouraged by the practical and sensitive intervention of this wonderful charity

Marie Curie Presentation (July 2013)

We are very pleased to be able to fund the purchase of 2 items of teaching equipment for Marie Curie Cancer Care. This will enable their nurses to be trained in procedures that they can then put into practice in the comfort of the patient’s own home. Marie Curie Cancer Care provides free hands-on care for people with all terminal illnesses in their own homes, and vital support for their loved ones.

Frimley Green Carnival (July 2013)

Another hot and sunny day for this great annual event. For the procession the theme was Adventurers and Explorers. KatCanDo choose mountaineering as their theme wearing boots and a an assortment of mountaineering gear that was kindly loaned to us for the day. The stall on the green was a great success with a sell out of our home made cakes(customers were queuing before we had our stall ready!). We also had our popular Tombola and second hand book stall. We made over £440 on the day. Thanks to all who helped and who visited our stall.

Waitrose Award (July 2013)

KatCanDo received a cheque for £450 from the Frimley branch of Waitrose. Sharon Grant, Community Matters Champion at Waitrose Frimley said: “Supporting the local community is really important to us and we’re delighted to have been able to support the fantastic work Katcando does supporting cancer sufferers in and around Frimley through our Community Matters green token scheme”. Thank you to Waitrose and their customers. See the press release for full details

Farnham Bike Ride (July 2013)

Following on from a suggestion from a doctor at Milestones Surgery several members of staff together with other KatCanDo supporters spent a sunny morning cycling around the hilly countryside of Farnham. The event was organised by Farnham Round Table, with routes of 16,25 and 50 miles. Whilst most rode the 16 miles a few hardy soles did 50! The riders were sponsored for this event and have raised over £1000 (plus more to come from Gift Aid). Well done to all the riders and thank you to all our sponsors.

Baking Demonstration with Jo Wheatley (June 2013)

Find out about the wonderful afternoon had with Jo Wheatley demonstrating her fantastic baking skills at Park Street Interiors, Camberley by visiting Sharmeen’s blog, written one of the lucky ladies in the audience. The demonstration was sponsored by ‘Art Of Living’ in aid of KatCanDo

Santander (June 2013)

KatCanDo were presented with a cheque for £5000 by Santander Foundation at their Farnborough branch this month. The money will be going towards a TEO kit for the treatment of cancer patients at Frimley Park Hospital. See the press release for full details.