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Keyhole Cancer Appeal goes up a gear with £20,000 bike ride boost

10 March 2015

Fundraising

The hard work of cyclist’s who took part in the Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay’s Foulness Island bike ride back in August is now paying off, as the club presented a cheque for £20,000 to the hospital’s Keyhole Cancer Appeal at a recent celebratory reception.

Rotarians and those who marshalled at the event were invited to the reception, held at the hospital, for tea and cake and to hear keyhole surgeon Mr Mike Dworkin update on the appeal.  

Mr Dworkin, who also took part in the event said: "It was lovely to be able to see Foulness Island and its wonderful scenery - it really was great fun. We are hugely grateful to everyone involved - those who helped to put on the event and also those who helped to raise this amazing sum of money.

"In its first year the appeal has raised just over £200,000 and we are keen to keep momentum going. This donation is a huge boost!

"The new state-of-the-art laparoscopic theatre suite will dramatically change keyhole surgery here at the hospital - making a significant difference to the patients we treat."

The Rotary Club of Thorpe Bay's president, Ivy Anderson, went on to present special guests, Kevin and Sandra Dempster, with an award for the most sponsorship raised. The enthusiastic couple managed to raise a whopping £1, 841.15! 

The event concluded with the exciting announcement that the Keyhole Cancer Appeal will also benefit from the bike ride next year! The appeal was chosen by the Rotarians to be joint beneficiary alongside local charity -Riding for the Disabled Association.

The bike ride will take place on Sunday 16th August 2015. If you would like to take part or be marshal at the event please call the hospital fundraising team on 01702 385337 to find out more about how you could get involved.