Friends donate £10,000 for surgical robot at QA Hospital in Portsmouth

(l-r) Peter Brokenshaw, trustee League of Friends serves tea to Mick Lyons The Rocky Appeal, and Peter Melllor director Corporate affairs Portsmouth NHS Trust. ''The League of Friends have raised �10,000 - half of which will go to The Rocky Appeal for the da vinci robot. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133180-851)
(l-r) Peter Brokenshaw, trustee League of Friends serves tea to Mick Lyons The Rocky Appeal, and Peter Melllor director Corporate affairs Portsmouth NHS Trust. ''The League of Friends have raised �10,000 - half of which will go to The Rocky Appeal for the da vinci robot. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (133180-851)
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CASH for a hospital appeal to buy in new equipment is quite literally pouring in.

The League of Friends in St Mary’s Community Health Campus, in Milton Road, Portsmouth, has donated £10,000 to The Rocky Appeal.

The money was raised through the Friends’ coffee shops and charity store in the campus, alongside donations.

Peter Brokenshaw, 84, has been a trustee of the Friends for 44 years.

He said: ‘This isn’t the first time we have donated to the appeal.

‘When we accumulate a large amount of money, we decide it’s best to give it in a big sum.

‘The money is made up of sales from our coffee shops and our store, which sells other goods.

‘Some money also comes from people leaving us the cash.

‘This time we were able to donate £10,000 to The Rocky Appeal.’

The Rocky Appeal, based in Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, is raising £2.4m for the Da Vinci robot.

As reported, the Da Vinci robot is a hi-tech remote-controlled device, which means surgeons can work more precisely and with more manoeuvrability than by using traditional surgery methods.

QA is the only hospital in the UK to use the robot for multiple procedures.

Surgeons have 3D views and can get to hard to-reach areas in the body, such as the prostate, oesophagus and rectum, more easily, leaving minimal scarring and pain for the patient.

The hospital has already started using the robot, so needs to raise the money quickly, in order to keep it.

Mick Lyons, appeals coordinator, said: ‘It’s fantastic to get this donation – so wonderful.

‘It’s absolutely brilliant, as it’s not very often people part with that sort of money.

‘The robot is of huge benefit to patients in south east Hampshire, and beyond.

‘We are currently on £470,000.’

To donate money, email mick.lyons@porthosp.nhs.uk

To volunteer for the League of Friends, call (023) 9268 0553.