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