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Volunteers raise nearly £50,000 for charity appeal

Volunteers of the Sea View Cancer Charity shop in Cleethorpes have continued to fundraise in support of The Health Tree Foundation’s (HTF) Rear into Gear appeal by donating over £40,000.

The appeal has a fundraising target of £200,000 to purchase new state of the equipment for the Colorectal Team at Grimsby and Scunthorpe hospital.

More than one thousand patients who use the trust’s service will benefit from the appeal where HTF are raising funds to purchase state-of-the-art equipment used in keyhole surgery procedures.

Last year, the volunteers raised a whopping £20,000 when the appeal started and have excelled themselves in their latest donation by presenting a cheque for £27,000 to the HTF for the appeal in April.

Their hard work and dedication was celebrated at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, Grimsby with a light afternoon tea for eight of the shop’s volunteers, some of the colorectal team including consultant, Mr Kishore Sasapu, and stoma nurse, Anne Appleton, chair of the charity, Neil Gammon, Estates project officer, Ellie Roger, charity director, Andy Barber and the HTF team.

They were congratulated and sincerely thanked for their persistent determination to support the appeal. The new equipment will enable surgeons to perform the latest and most complex keyhole procedures for patients suffering from bowel cancer and bowel related illnesses.

Approximately 1,100 patients will benefit over a five year period from the equipment and other surgeries will be able to use the equipment if required. They will also deliver a whole range of other benefits for patients including:

·         Better optics which means shorter theatre times

·         Keyhole surgery is less invasive and not as traumatic on tissue reducing scars

·         Not as painful and intrusive

·         Recovery time can be reduced by up to a day which could free up hospital beds

·         Waiting times for surgery will be shortened as more equipment will be available

·         More patients can be operated on

Hundreds of bowel cancer patients are likely to benefit each year. Patients with other bowel related conditions will also see improvements as the new equipment will be available to them during non-surgery days for the colorectal team.

Laura Gooderham, HTF community champion, said: “What the volunteers have raised and the efforts they’ve put into raising this amount of money blows me away. They are all so dedicated and strive to make a difference.

“I feel honoured they are supporting The Health Tree Foundation and have done exceptionally well for the Rear into Gear appeal. Thank you to them once again for their incredible support.”

If you would like to find out about the Rear into Gear appeal or if you’d like to get involved, please visit: or contact Laura Gooderham on 03033 304514 or

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