FUNDRAISING FOR A CURE
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Many thanks to all of you who have followed, supported and participated in our activities over the last year and are planning ahead for next year. 2017 has been a momentous year for PLANETS for many reasons:
- We have seen the implementation of our intra-operative electron beam radiotherapy (IORT) program in Southampton delivering world-class, combined surgical and radiotherapy treatments to patients with advanced cancers from across our central South coast region.
- It has been our most successful year for fundraising as we approach £200,000 for the year.
- We have recently broadened our charitable support base to include patients with forms of cancer involving other abdominal organs (including bowel, stomach and gullet cancer) as they have so much in common with the cancer patients that we are already helping and working with.
- Finally, we are proud to announce that we have also become independent, stand-alone charity. Previously PLANETS was a fund within Southampton Hospital Charity. This served a fantastic purpose during the early years of our development as it reduced some of our costs and avoided some of the administrative burden. However as we have grown, it has become clear that we need to be independent in order to fund raise effectively across the region and support patients and projects outside of Southampton. Whilst it is inevitable that a large proportion of our fundraising will still be directed towards initiatives in the regional specialist cancer centre at University Hospital Southampton, being an independent charity will give us better flexibility to support projects in other hospitals around the region. Our trustees for the charity are Neil Pearce (chairman), Brian Stedman, Tori Caine, Emily Dolan, Tim Underwood, Alex Mirnezami and Ruth Willrich. I am immensely grateful to my fellow trustees for taking on this massive responsibility, in addition to their many other commitments, however together with the invaluable support of Layla Stephen and Jo Green I am sure that we will all make a great success of this.
As PLANETS grows from strength to strength we have many things to look forward to in 2018; more patient support groups and conferences as well as a ball in Bournemouth, a golf day at The Isle of Purbeck course in Dorset, charity dinners, cycle events and more. Furthermore, we are also starting to plan events for 2019, so keep an eye out for the PLANETS event planner on our new look website which is currently a work in progress that we are excited to share with you later this month!
Our fundraising target for 2018 is £250,000. This is a daunting target, but one that we believe we have to reach in order to support the many projects that we have lined up. As we have done as part of Southampton Hospital Charity we will aim to keep our administration costs below 10% to ensure that we all get the best value from the money that we raise. Inevitably this means that we will continue to rely heavily on volunteers. At present we do not have any salaried members of staff, although in the longer term we will probably need to review this as the charity continues to grow. Which brings me on to thank you’s.
Layla and Jo; where do I even start! Yet again your selfless commitment to PLANETS has been inspirational and I think we all know that without the pair of you we could never have achieved a fraction of this year’s many successes.
Craig, Colin and Debra from Regal Homes who together organised and staged this year’s most successful, newsworthy and memorable event as we raised over £46,000 on our Scrap to the Future Car Rally challenge from Southampton to Loch Lomond. All of us who took part have unforgettable memories of the crazy capers from this riotous event which would have withstood comparison with anything produced by Jeremy Clarkson and the Top Gear crew!
Steph Shepherd, who seems to have mobilised most of Swanage in her efforts to fund raise for us. Individually she is both our most successful fundraiser of the year and our most overtly bonkers team member. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for the cash and for being you!
Leanne Baldry and The Pompey Massive Committee. Thank you for the tireless fundraising efforts that you have instigated across Portsmouth, we really appreciate the immense commitment that these many projects and events must have taken to reach this massive fundraising total.
As ever I cannot possibly individually thank everyone who has participated in fundraising events as there are literally thousands of you who have supported us in so many different ways. But here are just a few of you whom I would like to mention so that everyone can get a flavour of this year’s special events:
Marian Weston for raising over £4000 on her Great Wall of China walk, Cathi Holgate for raising over £1000 at a coffee and Prosecco evening, Amanda Bragg-Mollison, Tori Caine, Samantha Newborough and the Braishfield crew for putting together the Carnival Ball in November which raised over £18,000, Simon Hughes and family for donating the incredible Shamu as an auction prize yet again, John Pugh for the Alsace cycle challenge, Becky Keith for raising £300 from a coffee morning, Christopher and Sarah Saunders-Davies for letting us use their beautiful gardens for a patient day, Richard Gray and all of our Great South and Southampton Half Marathon runners. Nick Walker, Stuart Wayman, Rob Packham, Venice Beach, Martin Kennaugh and David Meaning for their individual fundraising and incredible generosity, Pete Plowman and his cycling group for supporting us throughout 2017, Alannah Smigielska-Phillips for a coffee morning and auction which raised over £2000, Emma Murgatroyd for skydiving for PLANETS, Alistair Francis and his hockey team, the London Academicals, who raised over £2500 in memory of his Dad, Jonathan. Paul Cherrie and Solid Steel for providing the amazing steelband at the Carnival Ball and for putting on a fundraising gig beforehand to cover their costs. Digital Storm for bending over backwards to help us with the new website and providing us with a fantastic discount. Finally, Jane Rawlins for our brilliantly eye-catching, event design work and marketing literature which she has done for next to nothing and often at the 11th hour!
Looking back over the year it is staggering and awe-inspiring to see what collectively you have done and for me to see how this is being channelled into new treatments that are directly saving lives, patient support initiatives which change the lives of those with cancer and research projects which may one day help us find new treatments such as immunotherapy for current and future patients. So, thank you.
Here’s to 2018 and all who are a part of the PLANETS family, we couldn’t do it without you!
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PLANETS has thanked its supporters after completing a £1 million fundraising campaign and making the final payment for a pioneering radiotherapy machine. PLANETS Cancer Charity has been fundraising for the past six years to fully purchase Mobetron, a revolutionary mobile device which delivers radiotherapy during surgery – known as intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT). When the charity […]
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A woman from Salisbury has become the first patient in the UK with head and neck cancer to receive radiotherapy in the operating theatre during surgery to remove a recurrent tumour. Jayne Garrett, 53, underwent major surgery at University Hospital Southampton on 25 April after suffering a recurrence of her cancer following conventional treatment […]
It was an honour to present the fantastic work and great initial results to medics from all over the country at our 1st National IORT (intra-operative radiotherapy) Symposium on Friday June 21st at University Hospital Southampton. After a lot of hard work and fundraising in order to bring IORT to the UK for the […]
A dietitian funded by PLANETS Cancer Charity and the Robert White Trust Fund is due to start work to develop and provide a comprehensive dietetic service to patients diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Cancer (NETs). Ruth Lee will be based at the Dorset NET service, which is part of the Wessex European Neuroendocrine tumour society centre […]
PLANETS are excited to share the news that University Hospital Southampton have secured £200,000 funding from the Robert White Trust for a research project that aims to gain a better understanding of NET biology which may lead to a greater range of treatment options for patients with this rare disease. Robert White was a former […]
We are thrilled and proud to update our supporters that a Southampton bowel cancer patient has become the first in the UK to receive radiotherapy during surgery using the IORT machine that PLANETS has funded. he 58-year-old male, who completed a combination of conventional chemotherapy and radiotherapy in August, underwent major surgery at Southampton […]
SOUTHAMPTON CLINICIANS PIONEER USE OF REVOLUTIONARY CANCER DEVICE PLANETS founders Neil Pearce and Brian Stedman, together with fund manager Layla Stephen successfully launched our long awaited IORT machine last night. The Mobetron is the first portable system able to administer the treatment in this way – known as intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT) – and will […]
PLANETS are thrilled to announce that the eagle (finally) has landed! 2 tons of intra-operative radio-therapy machine (IORT) arrived from the USA this week – currently undergoing acceptance testing. This is the UK’s first ever mobile electron beam radiotherapy machine for treating cancers during surgery. Thanks to everyone who has supported our fundraising which has […]
You may have notice that Southampton was mentioned in recent media stories regarding The National Tumour Bank that is carrying out important pancreatic cancer research? Colin Johnson, Professor of Surgical Sciences at University of Southampton, has this to say about the project: ‘The National Tissue Bank is a major development in pancreatic cancer research. Several […]
A big thank you to Sainsbury’s Hedge End for donating two digital radios to PLANETS to be used in the lead lined Gamma Scanner Rooms at Southampton General. Pictured presenting the radios to staff in the scanner rooms are PLANETS Fund Manager, Layla Stephen, and Dr Brian Stedman.
PLANETS Charitable Fund are excited to have committed to provide a grant over a two year period for a pancreatic research project: ́The role of Eps8 in αvβ6-dependent functions in pancreatic cancer invasion’ to be undertaken by Dr Jo Tod. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PC) has one of the worst outcomes of any cancer; only 3.7% of patients […]
[social_button button=”facebook” flayout=”standard ” fwidth=”450″ faction=”like” fcolorsheme=”light”] UHS magazine Connect featured a fantastic article about NET patient Maureen McKenzie who, in July 2013, became the first Southampton patient to receive PRRT (peptide receptor radionuclide therapy). The equipment for this treatment was jointly funded by UHS and PLANETS showing just how important and valuable the […]
[social_button button=”facebook” flayout=”standard ” fwidth=”450″ faction=”like” fcolorsheme=”light”] Pancreatic cancer affects over 8000 patients each year in the uk and remains the fifth biggest cancer killer in the UK, despite this its has been underfunded for many years and currently receives just 1% of total cancer research funding in the UK. NETs are a rare form […]
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