Breast cancer patients will be able to enjoy each other’s company and support as part of the annual lunch for past and present patients held by Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust staff between 12 and 2pm on Wednesday, October 8 at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton.
This year’s lunch will also be raising funds and awareness for the Stars Appeal Breast Cancer Unit Campaign, which aims to raise £750,000 for a dedicated Breast Cancer Unit at Salisbury District Hospital.
The annual lunch was first held 28 years ago. This was so that existing patients could share their experiences and provide additional support to women newly diagnosed with breast cancer, away from the clinical setting of a hospital. This year, there will be a special presentation by Consultant Breast Surgeon Miss Anna Aertssen detailing the new Unit and the Stars Appeal’s fundraising campaign.
Shirley Holmes, Specialist Breast Care Nurse said: “Breast cancer is a complex disease that can affect both men and women with around 46,000 women in the UK diagnosed with the disease each year. Breast cancer can affect women at any age and 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer at some time in their life. In addition, approximately 300 men in the UK get breast cancer each year, although these are more likely to be men who are over 50.”
Sonnya Dabill Specialist Breast Care Nurse said: “There is a very special warm and friendly atmosphere within the room during the afternoon. It is such a positive and cheerful event away from the continuing support given by the hospital for new and existing patients, with many still coming back since the first lunch in 1986. This year’s event will be especially important as we strive to raise funds for the new Breast Unit which will benefit some 4,500 local women and some men, each year.”
For further information, please contact:
The Stars Appeal
Salisbury District Hospital
Tel: 01722 429005.