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To see the new specialist operating theatre opening is a proud moment.

Not just for Queen Alexandra Hospital, which will benefit from this state-of-the-art facility, but also for the Rocky Appeal. Mick Lyons, the tireless fundraiser who co-ordinates the appeal has come up trumps again.

Through a huge number of events, from head shaves to coffee mornings and darts matches to theatre nights, a six-figure sum was raised.

And that’s what’s paid for the £300,000 facility.

It will allow doctors to improve the way they perform keyhole surgery and also help train the surgeons of the future.

As Mick says, this is a wonderful achievement for Portsmouth.

That is echoed by clinical director of general surgery at the hospital Simon Toh, who said: ‘This theatre puts Portsmouth on the map.’

And they’re right.

It’s something that we can all take great pride in.

Every single person who gave some money to a collection or held an event has something to be proud of today.

What makes this even more impressive is that the huge amount of cash was raised over the past few years while the country at large has been embroiled in financial woe.

It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see donations to charity falling off a cliff. But this proves people are willing to dig deep to help fund something that will really improve people’s lives.

So let’s all help the Rocky Appeal reach its next target.

It’s hoping to raise £1.6m for another keyhole surgery theatre that would have a robot to perform the surgery.

So dig deep and give what you can.