A plea has gone out to people to organise a host of fundraising activities next year to raise money for a new dedicated breast cancer unit at Noble’s Hospital.
Fundraisers hope finance will allow work to start on the new unit next year.
The fund-raising is to culminate in the Isle of Woman event next October, which is the name given to a dedicated fundraising initiative for the cause.
Carole Male who is helping Manx Breast Cancer Support to publicise its campaign said: ‘This should be a fun weekend and in the run up to it we will be holding many events throughout the year with a special focus on the Isle of Woman and Breast Cancer Month in October.
‘When we did the Isle of Woman previously everyone on the island was terrific and supported us by doing pink days and many other events in Breast Cancer Month.’
To boost the fundraising effort she is asking people to attend the events, or perhaps arrange an event of their own, like a coffee morning, raffle or dress down day.
‘Also if you would consider choosing us for your company charity in 2015 or 2016 we’d love to work with you to provide as much help and support as you need to facilitate your charity year,’ she said.
The plans, with support from Nobles’ new dedicated breast surgeon Millie Bello, are to relocate audiology services then extend their former building to provide a breast cancer unit within the hospital. This will give a better service to the hospital’s 3,000 breast patients who currently attend appointments scattered in different locations around the hospital. The audiology unit will be placed with the ear nose and throat department and this too should give a better service to patients. To effect the changes the hospital needs to raise £600,000.
Mrs Male said In the past, patients were referred for reconstruction to the UK and sometimes had to wait some years. This can now be done on island and, with a new unit, the range and types of treatments available can be enhanced. Actress Sam Barks is the group’s patron, giving a high profile to their campaign. Any donations should be sent to the support group’s treasurer Anne Dowds at 4 Victoria Avenue, Onchan.