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Funding advanced medical equipment for local patients


Charity Number: 296291

1987 – 2017

Supporting our local community for 30 years Phil






Thank you for your support

Thanks to your donations, volunteering and fundraising activities, Scannappeal can continue to fund life-saving and life-changing equipment enabling us to help you, your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. If 10 people gave £30

isation £300 would buy 3D polar erate glasses for surgeons to op system using a 3D theatre stack to treat patients with prostate cancer.

If 100 people gave £30

£3,000 would buy a camera with advanced dedicated dermatology software to increase detection of skin cancer.

If 1,000 people gave £30


£30,000 would buy a specialist microscope for cataract surgery to radically improve vision . . . or a 4D probe for a cardiology scanner.



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Our Appeals Eye See Appeal This Appeal for £265,000 is for five state of the art microscopes to radically improve surgery on the eyes, helping restore and improve vision. 4,500 local patients with e ye s e e a cataracts, bleeding inside the eye, macular degeneration and detached retinas will benefit from this new technology each year. To date, we have raised enough funds to purchase one vitrectomy microscope for complex eye surgery and one phacoemulsification microscope for cataract surgery. l

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Thank you to all those who have helped us reach this stage including Lilly and Susan Becker who arranged a charity coffee morning and raised £500 for the Eye See Appeal.

The Cancer Fighting Fund The sixth phase of our Cancer Fighting Fund is to raise funds for the Urology department to treat patients with prostate, kidney and bladder cancers, and other urological conditions. Equipment to be purchased includes a 3D theatre system which will allow surgeons to improve the precision of laparoscopic surgery, some of which requires the dissection and reconstruction of the urinary system. Mayor of Wycombe for 2016/17, Zia Ahmed, chose Scannappeal as one of his charities. By hosting a family fun day, curry and quiz nights and the Mayor’s Ball, his committee raised £8,500 for the Cancer Fighting Fund.

All Heart Fundraising for two latest generation scanners to diagnose all types of heart disease using non-invasive ultrasound to generate detailed, real time, 4D moving images of the heart. One of the scanners comes with unique Polarvision which allows a 3D reconstruction of the beating heart to be projected in front of the surgical team. Thanks to a very generous donation from a private charitable trust we have been able to order the first scanner, for Amersham Hospital, which should be operational by Christmas.

Small things making a big difference Our Small Projects Programme Our small projects programme runs alongside our public Appeals for the purchase of smaller items of equipment in different clinical areas. This funding typically ranges from £5,000 - £25,000. Two of our current projects are: l Speech and Language Therapy Department - A portable laryngoscope to help patients with difficulty swallowing or impaired speech following a stroke or with Parkinson’s disease, cancer of the throat, muscular dystrophy or head injuries (£22,000). l Dermatology Department - Three dermoscopy cameras to radically improve detection of skin cancer (£9,000). We were delighted to welcome some of our supporters to Amersham Hospital recently to see a demonstration of the pocket sized cardiology scanners they helped to fund. John Biggs, Steve Wade and Linda Cannon Clegg from the Kop Hill Climb committee with Soroosh Firoozan, Consultant Cardiologist.

How do we choose our fundraising Appeals? Scannappeal has completed 30 major Appeals and over 70 small projects since the charity started in 1987, but we are often asked ‘How is each fundraising campaign chosen?’ To ensure best use of your donations, and to make sure the equipment purchased will really make a big difference to an existing service or allow a new service to be introduced, there are four main steps:

Alan & Joy Peters celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary and instead of gifts, asked for donations, raising a wonderful £1,000 towards this Appeal.

Digital & 3D Breast Screening Appeal The final stage of this £500,000 Appeal was completed a few months ago with the introduction of 3D imaging, following the funding of two digital mammography machines a few years ago. Since then, over 100,000 local women have attended the breast screening service of which almost 25% have been symptomatic referrals from a GP due to having a problem or as follow up after surgery. This equipment has given greater clarity to images, especially for those women with denser breasts such as the younger age range, and 3D imaging has been more effective in diagnosing cancers. A big thank you to local artist Penelope Stevens who organised an art exhibition at Chenies Manor and raised over £2,040, and to The Pink Ribbon Foundation who donated £5,000 to help us reach the final target.

Step One A clinician or department will complete a compelling business case requesting funding for equipment giving details of why it is needed, the difference it will make and the number of patients who will benefit each year.

Step Two This business case is then reviewed by a Medical Equipment Panel to ensure that other costs, such as staffing and associated medical supplies, will be met by the NHS.

Step Three If approved, it goes forward to Scannappeal’s Trustees. This group of clinicians, business and community representatives are responsible for making sure all funding meets the objectives of providing the most advanced medical equipment to benefit local patients.

Step Four . . . then we start fundraising!

Meet Our Supporters Cheers to . . .

Phil Richards On 15th May 2017 our Twitter page went crazy with notifications of mentions, re-tweets and likes all due to one man. Loudwater resident Phil Richards, HR manager for Tesco South, had tweeted about his aim to raise £30,000 for Scannappeal in our 30th year. Phil is keen to tell his story and shares how in March 2017 he was diagnosed with Stage 3 kidney cancer at the young age of 39. With no warning signs, until he experienced sudden abdominal pain which he believed could be kidney stones, a CT scan showed an 11cm tumour on his kidney. With the support of the Urology team, Phil’s kidney was safely removed and he vowed to show his gratitude by raising money for Scannappeal. Only weeks later Phil, together with friends and colleagues, successfully climbed Mount Snowdon. Things haven’t ended there as Phil inspired other colleagues to raise funds by cycling between branches in their very own Tour de Tesco and many other fundraising activities. To date, Phil has surpassed his £30,000 target and raised over £47,000, an amazing amount towards our Cancer Fighting Fund for state of the art equipment to treat kidney, prostate and bladder cancers. Phil, our sincerest thanks to you, Annie and your girls alongside your amazing colleagues, Scannappeal are very lucky to have you on board!

Over 5,000 people attended the Rebellion Charity Open Weekend held at the brewery in Marlow Bottom in July. Attendees enjoyed free beer and live music across the weekend having kindly made donations to Scannappeal as they arrived. The event raised an amazing £60,000 in just two days.

This was an opportunity for Rebellion to thank their customers and raise money for local charities. Scannappeal has worked alongside the brewery since they launched the Open Weekend back in 2003 and together we have raised over £240,000. Our special thanks to the incredible team at Rebellion Brewery. They worked tirelessly to make the event such a success and we are so grateful to them for their continued support. The money raised is phenomenal and makes a huge difference to all the hospitals across the county with each of our current Appeals receiving a £20,000 boost.



‘For 30 years, starting in 1987. After my husband passed How long away, I saw a Scannappeal have you supported newsletter asking for us and why knitters. I wanted to help, and it helps me as much as did you it helps Scannappeal as I first get love knitting. I sent my first involved? knitted baby cardigans in March 1997.’

‘For five years. Scannappeal benefits many local people in the Buckinghamshire area and, unlike large national charities, you do not syphon off huge percentages in costs and salaries.’

‘Since I was 13, so for 16 years. My mother was a patient in the Cancer Unit and we heard about Scannappeal’s fundraising. She started the P.A.C.E (Parveen’s Annual Cancer Event) Committee in 2001 and it has now raised £80,000. This is her legacy of which we are all very proud.‘

‘So far, I have knitted 1,558 Tell us how cardigans for Scannappeal and you have keep a record of the colour raised and pattern of each one.’ funds?

‘I have given talks on a variety of topics at fundraising events. I’ve also been part of a committee that has organised two Balls, raising over £10,000.’

‘We have run bazaars, BBQs, walks and coffee mornings really anything the committee can do which the community wants us to organise.’

‘It’s wonderful knowing these cardigans have gone all over the world. My daughter Susan is now also knitting for Scannappeal, having made 126 items, which she sends to me from her home in North Staffordshire.’

‘Without doubt, the most satisfactory moment was when my wife Margaret handed Mr Larry Benjamin, consultant ophthalmic surgeon at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, a cheque for £6,000 just six weeks after he had restored the sight in my left eye.’

‘The annual sponsored walk, now in its 15th year, has become a highlight for all those involved. It is always really encouraging when new people join in either the walk or come for the picnic with the ‘aunties’ at the end on the Rye.‘

‘It’s wonderful to support a charity that is doing so much for local hospitals. We are lucky to have Scannappeal here in Bucks.’

‘Scannappeal brings a higher standard of medical care to all of us locally, as witnessed by me personally first hand.’

‘It’s necessary to look after those around you, and take pleasure from knowing you’ve helped your neighbourhood, even though you might not have spoken to everyone who has benefitted.’


What are you most proud of?

Why should people support us?

Thank You The Summer Pearl Ball In celebration of our Pearl Anniversary guests joined us at the Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross for a Summer Ball. Scannappeal Chairman, William Baxter, Principal Patron, Robert Lindsay and supporter Phil Richards all helped set the scene for an amazing night and auction. A celebratory £26,000 was raised! Huge thanks to all our suppliers, volunteers and guests for making the event a night to remember.

Annual Golf Day - The 19th Annual Golf Day took place in June at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club. 19 teams played in perfect weather for the 18 holes, followed by dinner and an auction. The day raised £17,000 - our thanks to all teams who took part and our sponsors on the day. Elvis – The King Remembered Billy and the Bonquas rocked a full house for their annual Elvis tribute night. Raising just over £2,300 for the Urology Cancer Fighting Fund, bringing Billy’s total fundraising for Scannappeal to over £40,000! David & Pauline Collins raised £250 whilst celebrating their Golden Wedding anniversary. In lieu of gifts their loved ones made kind donations to Scannappeal. Congratulations to you both!

Margaret Stringer from Weedon in Aylesbury, once again opened up her home for a coffee morning with friends and neighbours enjoying a delightful array of cakes. Margaret raised £285 for the Digital & 3D Breast Screening Appeal. Long term supporter Bob Swayne of the CBC Golf Society organised a charity golf day at the end of September for the Eye See Appeal. 46 players enjoyed a round of golf at Chiltern Forest Golf Course, followed by a hearty meal of shepherd’s pie. The golfers took part in a silent auction, raffle and a fun game of heads and tails. Many thanks to Bob, his team of volunteers and all those who attended and supported the day, raising over £6,000.

Brave supporters take on the challenge Scanna Skydive - Our own Skydive event saw ten supporters take part, braving their fears to jump out of a plane from around 13,000 feet. Our thanks to: Charlotte Luckman, David Newton, Kenny Goddard Wagg, Mari Kononen, Samantha Goodman, Adrienne Benford, Michael Chard, Anthony Nicholls, Jade Robinson and Steve Bannister. They raised £5,000 between them.

Tough Mudder - Known as the ‘hardcore’ 10-12 mile obstacle race, Tough Mudder is not for the faint hearted. In May, a team of ten colleagues from Fonix Mobile in London took part and raised over £900 for our Cancer Fighting Fund Urology Appeal. Joining the Tough Mudder Legion in August, Bilaal Mirza raised a further £400 for the Cancer Fighting Fund.

Cycling - In June, a team of fourteen from Vodafone took part in The London to Cardiff 24 hour relay race in 27 hours and, with matched funding from The Vodafone Foundation, raised an incredible £8,000 for the All Heart Appeal, smashing their original target. One of the team, Annabel, said ‘We wanted to support a charity close to us locally but also to those running the event, which is why we chose Scannappeal. We did some fundraising leading up to the race by doing street collections, bake sales, a pub quiz and a spin bike event at work. The race was challenging as runners had little or no sleep, with others driving the buses from leg to leg as people changed over. During events like this, it’s a great motivator to think about the money we have raised and the impact that will have.’

Urology 30 Challenge - Well done to the Urology Team of Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust who successfully completed The Urology 30 Challenge. Even though the weather was wet and windy it did not dampen their spirits as they walked 30 miles along the Ridgeway Path. Donations are still coming in but so far over £6,000 has been raised for the Cancer Fighting Fund. Thank you to the whole team!

If you would like to take on a challenge for Scannappeal, we’d love to hear from you. Whether it’s a 24 hour cycle relay, a Skydive or giving up cake for a month, every challenge counts and every penny raised supports our Appeals.

Events NOVEMBER An Audience with Tom Kerridge

Who Do You Think You Are? Thursday 23 November 2017 2.00pm to 4.30pm.

Thursday 2 November 2017

Doors open 7.00pm, Tom Kerridge will talk from 7.45pm.

Adams Park, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ.

• Tickets £25 in advance

Our Patron, two Michelin starred chef Tom Kerridge, is giving Scannappeal supporters an insight into his illustrious career. The evening will consist of an interview with Tom followed by a chance for the audience to ask questions and gain top tips.

The Fitzwilliams Centre, Beaconsfield, HP9 2JW.

Sing, Swing & Sparkle Your way to Christmas Wednesday 29 November 2017 from 7.30pm.

The Pomeroy, Amersham, HP7 9JY.

• Tickets £15 each, includes tea and cake.

An informative talk by well-known Professor, author, broadcaster and historian Nick Barratt. Nick will talk about the recent rise of genealogy, thanks to TV programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are?, and the internet. He will take you ‘behind the scenes’ of how the programme is made – as well as an overview of how to trace your family history, concluding with a Q&A session.

• Tickets £37 in advance, includes music, two course meal and a glass of Prosecco.

Celebrate the build-up to the Christmas season with friends, family or work colleagues at The Pomeroy. Serenaded by Kevin Taylor performing Rat Pack classics, enjoy a two course festive meal and a glass of Prosecco to toast Christmas 2017.

DECEMBER Old Amersham Christmas Evening Friday 1 December 2017 From 6.00pm.

Amersham Old Town (note there will be various road closures in place throughout the Old Town).


Start the festive season with this wonderful family event in the Old Town of Amersham. The evening includes carols, mulled wine, ice skating, switching on of the Christmas lights and much more.

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Santa Fun Run

Saturday 2 December 2017 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Bourne End Community Centre, SL8 5SX

Sunday 3 December 2017

• Tickets £8 in advance from Alan Ford on 07836 224855 or 01628 525818.

Got inspired by Strictly Come Dancing this year? Support Scannappeal with the last of the 2017 series of this ever popular event.

Start 9.30am.

Start/Finish at Higginson Park, Marlow.

• Entry: £15 for adults (18 or over) £10 for 12 or over, £7 for children 5 – 11 year old.

We’re delighted that Marlow Rotary has chosen to support Scannappeal for their Santa Fun Run. Around 2,500 ‘Santas’ of all ages will take part in this 5k run. Every entrant gets a free Santa suit or child’s T-shirt and all finishers get a medal! To book your place visit:

Christmas Concert

Christmas Wrapping

Tuesday 5 December 2017

Monday 18 to Saturday 23 December 2017

Doors open 7.30pm, concert starts 8.00pm. St Mary’s Church, Amersham, HP7 0DB.

• Tickets: £15 each in advance, includes mulled wine and mince pie.

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas with festive readings, carols and music. We are delighted to welcome Andy Rogers back who will be conducting the evening with the Chiltern Music Academy Concert Band alongside Germains Male Voice Choir.

from 10.00am to 5.00pm (Thursday 21 December 10.00am - 7.00pm).

Eden Shopping Centre, High Wycombe. Take the pressure off Christmas and support Scannappeal at the same time. Come along to our Christmas gift wrapping service at the Eden Shopping Centre in High Wycombe. We are also looking for donations of any Christmas wrapping paper, ribbons, gift tags or gift bags for this wrapping service. Please contact us if you are able to donate or if you would like to volunteer your time helping us wrap.

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FEBRUARY An Audience with Johnny Herbert Thursday 8 February 2018 From 7.00pm.

Sytner High Wycombe, 575-647 London Road, High Wycombe, HP11 1EZ.

• Tickets £25 in advance. Gift Packs available.

A chance to hear from Johnny Herbert, who is considered as one of the greatest all-round racing drivers in history. Johnny will be interviewed by Louise Goodman (TV commentator) where the audience will be able to ask Johnny all about his illustrious career. A great gift for any motorsport fan!

If your New Year’s resolution is to get out running, join us at our annual family fun run. The Scrub Run is taking place in Amersham on Sunday 29 April… save the date!

planning a wonderful Spring with May full of music based events around the county. If you are a member of a music group and would like to get involved with one of our events or by hosting your own, we’d love to include you in this exciting month.

Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for up to date information about new events. For more information and to book tickets please visit SCANNAPPEAL CONTACT US FREEPOST HH473 T: 01494 734161 Administration Office E: Amersham Hospital Amersham, Bucks HP7 0BR


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