Prostate Cancer Care Appeal

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every day more than 130 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK. Unfortunately we will all know someone affected – a brother, son, father, grandfather, husband, partner or friend.

Southmead Hospital is the one of the largest urological centres in the country. It is a designated as a European Centre of Excellence and also one of five centres recognised by The Urology Foundation (TUF) to train the next generation of robotic surgical consultants. Our team of leading surgeons have ensured that we are at forefront of prostate cancer care in the UK.

But having helped save the lives of 1000s of men, our robot is now aging. We need your support to help give more men in Bristol and the South West the very best prospect of recovery and survival through our Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

Why robotic surgery?

Robotic prostate surgery is much better for men suffering with prostate cancer than traditional methods – it’s more accurate, less invasive, causes less blood loss, and reduces the length of stay in hospital. Men also have much better long term prospects for a full recovery.

The Prostate Cancer Care Appeal 

Our aim was to purchase two surgical robots for Southmead Hospital to meet growing demand for this pioneering surgery. 

We're delighted to have reached our first milestone of purchasing the first £750,000 surgical robot - which will begin operating on men with prostate cancer in February 2018. 

Elizabeth Bond, head of fundraising at Southmead Hospital Charity, said: “We are thrilled to be able to fund the purchase of a new Da Vinci robot so that the urology team can continue the amazing work they do.

“But there is still more work to do to reach our target and raise the money to buy a much needed second robot to keep up with demand for this type of surgery.

“So we will be continuing to fundraise with the help of our brilliant community of fundraisers, donors and supporters and would love to hear from anyone who would like to donate or support the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal.

“I’d also like to say a special thank you to everyone who has donated to or fundraised for the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal and made this possible – from abseils and marathons to bake sales and fancy dress up days – our fundraisers have been instrumental in reaching this goal.

“We have also benefited from some very generous donations from private supporters, companies, community groups and grant giving bodies, particularly John Lewis Cribbs Causeway, Guildhall Chambers and the rotary clubs of Bristol, Bristol Breakfast and Chipping Sodbury and Yate.” 

The £2 million appeal will also have contributions of £500,000 from North Bristol NHS Trust. 

It's not over - we need your help!

But the fundraising is not over yet and Southmead Hospital Charity is continuing the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal to buy a second robot which will enable the hospital to treat even more men in the region and to expand robot surgery to other types of cancers like kidney and bladder, as well as gynaecological cancers.

Your donations will:

* Purchase a second surgical robot for the hospital to meet growing demand
* Fund new diagnostic and treatment options
* Support the training of the next generation of robotic surgeons

It’s an ambitious £2 million appeal, but with your support we can protect and give men the best possible future.

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