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Surgeon receives £1,000 Keyhole Cancer Appeal donation at Essex County Show

04 May 2015


On Sunday 12 April 2015 the Essex Country Show at Barleylands, Billericay, held its annual charity cheque presentation. Each year the show gives several £1,000 cheques to charities, selected by individual committee members.

Amongst the cheques shared out on the day was one made out to the Trust's Keyhole Cancer Appeal, which was received by James Wright, one of the skilled surgeons who uses the present keyhole method on patients with cancer. 

The appeal to raise funds for more advanced equipment is an extremely important cause.  It will make the procedure much easier and more accurate, as well as providing the patient with a shorter stay in hospital and reduced recovery time.

Presenting the cheque to James was Dave Wall of Rochford, one of the Barleylands committee members, and also one of James's patients. Eight weeks earlier Dave had surgery for bowel cancer, but has made a good recovery and is leading a relatively normal life with few restrictions.

It was uncanny that the Keyhole Cancer Appeal was chosen as his charity of choice for the Essex Country Show, without the knowledge that he would be diagnosed with the disease and subsequently be receiving surgery, utilising the present keyhole equipment.  His stay in Southend Hospital was for only eight days and he was back at work the day after discharge - ensuring that only light duties were undertaken.

He sends grateful thanks to all on the Hockley Ward, from cleaners to the surgical team, for their care and professionalism, and for making his stay as pleasant as possible.

The next Essex Country Show takes place between 12-13 September. For more information visit: www.barleylands.co.uk/essex-country-show

PHOTO:  James and David in front of the resident steam Fowler ploughing engine at the Barleylands complex.