An appeal to build a new breast care centre at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has passed the £100,000 mark thanks to the generosity of fundraisers.
The Boudicca Appeal has reached the milestone four months after its launch after supporters raised money by holding quizzes, coffee mornings and undertaking dry January. Support has also come in the form of legacies and in memory donations.
Future plans include a Superhero Abseil down the side of the Forum in June, a team participating in Run Norwich in July as well as the Summer Fete and Open Day.
The appeal aims to raise £800,000 towards a new facility where patients can have the necessary images taken, undergo a biopsy and see their consultant in one appointment. Currently, not all patients are provided with this same day diagnosis service because of limited capacity in the existing unit.
The N&N Hospitals Charity is now urging even more people to support the appeal by getting behind a series of fundraising events planned for the coming months – including a series of events by the Rotary Clubs of Norwich which include a quiz night, a walk and a special ball taking place in November at the Assembly House
Louise Cook, head of fundraising, said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has supported the appeal so far and helped us reach this important milestone.
“The new breast care centre will make a real difference to the experience which thousands of patients have each year when receiving care, so we would encourage anyone who is thinking of doing some fundraising to please consider supporting Boudicca in any capacity. Just do what you can from holding a cake sale at work to our abseil –everyone can do something.”
Mark Davies, CEO of the NNUH said, ‘’ We are delighted to have reached this milestone so early in our fundraising. We urge people to get behind this appeal so that the target can be reached sooner than later.’’