Swinging sixties night will raise money to keep robot at hospital

Surgeon Jim Khan makes adjustments to the Da Vinci Robot.
Surgeon Jim Khan makes adjustments to the Da Vinci Robot.
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AN EVENING of 1960s music, hosted by a DJ collective will get people dancing for charity next month.

Portsmouth friends Mark Warren, 57, John McClintock, 60, and Peter Grady, 58, of My Generation Music Scene will be spinning 60s classics in aid of The Rocky Appeal.

The long-running appeal is currently raising money to keep a cutting-edge surgical device called the Da Vinci Robot at Queen Alexandra Hospital.

‘First and foremost we want to raise money for local charities but we’re also holding the event for people who love the music we like,’ said Mark, of Hawthorne Crescent, Cosham.

After raising more than £1,200 for Queen Alexandra’s special baby care unit at an event last month, Mark approached the Rocky Appeal to offer his group’s services.

Co-ordinator, Mick Lyons, was excited to have their support.

‘Having them on board is a massive bonus, he said. ‘Without that help we don’t have the money and without the money we can’t have the robot.’

The three friends who are putting on the event have also organised for guest DJs to appear and have sold almost 250 tickets. ‘We want to sell at least 350 and raise as much as we can,’ said Mark.

The group’s biggest success was the £2,500 which they raised for the Alzheimer’s Association and it is eager to top this with future events.

Last year The Rocky Appeal paid £500,000 to the American company which provided the Da Vinci robot, a hi-tech device which allows doctors to perform difficult surgery remotely.

All the proceeds from the My Generation Music Scene event will go towards the appeal’s next payment of £500,000, which is due by the end of July.

Mick confirmed that £280,000 had been raised since the last payment was made.

This means that a further £200,000 is needed between now and the end of July in order to meet the terms of the agreement to keep the robot.

In August last year, it was announced that Queen Alexandra hospital will be the centre for teaching European surgeons how perform procedures using the equipment.

As one of only 14 of the robots in the country, it has been used by surgeons at the hospital to perform numerous operations and is the only Da Vinci robot in the country that is used for five disciplines.

The 60s DJ evening will take place on Saturday, March 17 at Admiral Lord Nelson School in Dundas Lane and tickets are £5.

A smart dress code will apply on the night.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Mark on 07941 306300, John on 07786 654952, or Pete on 07721 747260.