The Bury Free Press’ Beat It appeal has passed the halfway point to its £55,000 target.
The bank balance now stands at £33,253 so, thanks to all our supporters, we are well on the way to are aim of buying a prostate probe for West Suffolk Hospital.
Editor Barry Peters said: “When we started in February, I was sure the generous people of west Suffolk would get behind this appeal but I’m still surprised we passed the halfway point so quickly.
“I want to thank everyone who has contributed to Beat It, in particular those who have organised the fund raising events which have so boosted the total.
“But don’t stop now, we need your continuing help to keep us on target.”
Barry has been on a sponsored diet and has lost 3.5 stone, so if getting fitter while raising money.
Jan Bloomfield, executive director of the West Suffolk Hospital Charity, said: “ I think its fantastic and we’re overwhelmed by the support of the community.
“It’s a Bury Knockout demonstrated that with 16 teams taking part. But there’s still more to be done.”
Jane Thacker, a uro-oncology nurse specialist whose department will use the probe, is keen to have the latest technology.
“It is a vital piece of equipment in that it will enable us to continue to diagnose patients with prostate cancer quickly,” she said.
“It’s an upgrade on the equipment we have.”
The probe allows them to take an ultrasound scan of the prostate.
The new probe is the latest technology which Jane said will give clearer ultrasound images enabling them to better target biopsies.
She added: “The whole kit is much smaller and easier to transport than what we have today.
“Mind you, it doesn’t look like much — just a computer station with bits coming out of it.”
The easiest ways to donate to the appeal are to visit our Just Giving page or to text Beat59 followed by a space and the amount (eg Beat59 £5) to 70070.
You can also send cheques made to Bury Free Press Beat It Appeal 2013 to the Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3ET.
To find out about prostate cancer visit www.prostatecanceruk.org or talk to a specialist nurse on 0800 074 8383.