An appeal to build a new breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has smashed the £200,000 mark.
The Boudicca Appeal has reached the milestone nine months after its launch at the end of last year, and equipment has already been purchased and is benefiting patients.
Further pieces of equipment are due to be brought in shortly as part of the first phase of the development of the unit.
The appeal aims to raise £800,000 towards the 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.
Supporters of the Boudicca Appeal have raised money in a variety of ways. Last month, a team of 50 runners took part in RunNorwich 10k in support of the appeal.
Earlier in the month, a charity abseil down the Forum saw ITV Anglia presenter Becky Jago and Norwich South MP Clive Lewis join NNUH staff and members of the public raising around £10,000 towards the appeal.
The N&N Hospitals Charity is now urging even more people to get behind the appeal which has received fantastic support from many individuals, groups and businesses, including Norfolk Snowsports Club in Trowse, Old Hall Farm in Woodton and the Rotary Clubs of Norwich which have organised a fundraising ball at the Assembly House in November.
Louise Cook, head of fundraising, said: “We are delighted to announce the latest total of £207,189, thanks to the generosity of fundraisers in the region and beyond.
“This has enabled us to purchase equipment which is already making a difference to the experience of patients.
“We would encourage anyone who is thinking of doing some fundraising to please consider supporting Boudicca in any capacity.”