St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre launch £10k sponsorship of cancer charity

Staff at St Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre have voted for Care UK Healthcare’s charity of year and last week the company celebrated the start of a £10k sponsorship of Bowel Cancer UK that will help raise awareness of the country’s fourth most common cancer.

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer, which is almost 42,000 people every year. Care UK’s commitment will support the charity’s work to help stop people dying of bowel cancer by raising money for their vital services and life-saving research.

Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “At St Mary’s NHS Treatment , and at our Havant Diagnostics Service, we provide diagnostic colonoscopies for the NHS. Many people who have them scheduled, regular tests have had an issue with bowl cancer or it has been in their family, as a result we know the excellent work the charity does in the community.

“More than nine out of ten new cases are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. This is the age group of many of the patients who visit our centre. As well as Care UK’s donation of £10,000, we hope to promote bowel health in the centres and we are keen to support the charity through our own fundraising initiatives.”

Portsmouth Bowel Cancer UK volunteer, Graham Street said: I’m absolutely delighted that Bowel Cancer UK has been chosen as Care UK Healthcare’s charity partner. Thousands of people across the country, like me, have bowel cancer, someone is diagnosed with the disease every 15 minutes. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Thanks to the support of amazing organisations like Care UK Healthcare, Bowel Cancer UK can continue to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease.”

For more information about the partnership click here