Operating Together to Support Good Hope Hospital

Good Hope Hospital has a new piece of equipment that supports people with bowel cancer, thanks to a number of local organisations operating together.

photo: Gerry McLaughlin

When Penny Thurston started her year as President of the Rotary Club of Wylde Green in July 2015, she was keen that the Club support local good causes.

She commented:

“I chose The Holly Trust as my Charity of the Year as it is local group that is run by volunteers. About 3300 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year within the West Midlands and it is the second most common cancer death. Caught early enough it can be curable.

“I’d like to express my thanks to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts and to all the helpers, not just Rotarians, but also the members of the Inner Wheel Club of Wylde Green and our friends.”

Penny and her colleagues raised £5738 during her year in office in a variety of ways, including: a meal at a local Indian restaurant, half time collections at Sutton Coldfield Town Football Club, the ‘Month of Abstinence’, a late summer fundraiser at Curdworth Village Hall and a beetle drive.

Staff at Johnson Controls in Sutton Coldfield where the Rotary Club’s current President, Jackie Ridge, is General Manager, Refrigeration Products, had wanted to support a cancer charity and they also decided to donate to The Holly Trust. Their efforts contributed £1075 towards the Rotary Club’s grand total.

Elizabeth Philip is Chair of The Holly Trust and she commented:

“We were thrilled to know that the Rotary Club of Wylde Green raised funds for The Holly Trust. It has been very important in achieving our aim in supporting the treatment of bowel cancer patients and their families at Good Hope Hospital. Bowel cancer affects so many families in Sutton Coldfield and surrounding areas and we are grateful to be able to help with both the awareness and treatment of the conditions.”

Mr Haney Youseff, Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon who works as a colorectal and general surgery consultant at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, made arrangements for the fundraisers to see the piece of equipment all their hard fund raising efforts had bought.

He said:

“I just wanted to extend a huge thank you for the huge fundraising efforts on behalf of the Wylde Green Rotary Club and The Holly Trust.

“The combined donation of £9000 from the two organisations is an absolutely fantastic achievement for which the Colorectal Unit, here at Good Hope Hospital, is extremely grateful.”

The funds have been used to buy an Omitract clamp, as Mr Youssef explained:

“The Omitract clamp will be used in the Cytoreductive Surgery and Heated Intra-peritoneal Chemotherapy cases, allowing us to do a greater number of cases particularly on consecutive days, which means we can treat more people with metastaic bowel cancer from all over Sutton Coldfield and the wider region.”

More information about The Holly Trust can be found on their website at : www.hollytrust.org.uk

Wylde Green Rotarians are enthusiastic, fun loving, active volunteers who give of their time and talents to serve communities.
Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at Pype Hayes Golf Club, Eachelhurst Road, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1EP where a warm welcome awaits anyone interested in finding out more about the work of Rotary. Additional information is available by ‘phoning 0121 378 1099 or from the Club’s website at www.wyldegreenrotary.org.uk.