QA Hospital League of Friends donates Â£15,000 to Rocky Appeal
ORGANISATIONS and people from across Portsmouth and the surrounding area have been raising money for the Da Vinci robot.
The Rocky Appeal has £196,000 left to pay off so the surgical hi-tech robot can stay at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Earlier this year, The News launched its own campaign Da Vinci: The Final Push to see the remaining balance of the robot paid off before June next year.
One of the groups to make a donation recently is the QA Hospital’s League of Friends.
They handed over a cheque for £15,000 just before Christmas.
Jan Spear, chairman, said: ‘Most of the money raised was through the cafe we have on Level B of the hospital.
‘We are really pleased with how much we were able to make and the difference this could make to the Rocky Appeal.
‘We wanted to make a donation to help it reach its total and keep the robot before June. It is an important piece of equipment that is making a difference to lots of patients.
‘This donation was like an early Christmas present.’
The Da Vinci robot can be used to operate on five hard-to-reach areas of the body. It is currently being leased to QA Hospital with the Rocky Appeal raising funds to keep it.
The League of Friends aims to raise £100,000 a year for different causes in QA Hospital.
The money can be used for different projects or to help fund equipment.