a little less than two years, YOU have helped the Chestnut Appeal grow to
chance to publicly thank a few of those people
who made donations.
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BBC Radio Devon Chestnut Appeal has achieved its £1million
target just in time for Christmas, and what a Christmas present
it is for the region, writes fundraising
manager Lesley Ann Simpson.
January 2003, BBC Radio Devon adopted this new charity with the
aim of providing a state of the art prostate cancer unit at Derriford
Hospital in Plymouth which will serve men and their families from
right across the region.
one of the many cheques that helped us reach our target
expected that it would take about five years to reach our goal.
But we should have known better.
The loyal listeners and staff at BBC Radio Devon, local communities
and businesses pulled out all the stops and we've reached £1million
in less than two years!
This has far exceeded our expectations and the charity has been
totally overwhelmed by the speed at which the money has been raised.
The Chestnut Appeal has been an incredible project. In raising money,
it has also raised awareness of the male-only cancer.
types of fundraising events have taken place around the county to
enable us to achieve this mammoth result in such a short space of
time, from sponsored swims, walks and bike rides to rallying across
the desert, table tops sales, raffles and concerts.
We would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who has
donated money, whether it was pennies in a collecting tin or a cheque
for thousands of pounds.
BBC Radio Devon has staged various large scale events including
the award winning Test the County, a 24hr broadcast by presenter
Matt Woodley and more recently our Murder Mystery evening.
WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN...
This is just the beginning. Our plans are to implement a centre
of excellence for prostate cancer in the region, offering support
and education while continuing to raise awareness.
The £1 million figure is a fantastic milestone, but it is
vital the communities of Devon continue to support the appeal. If
you can help in anyway please get in touch with me on Plymouth (01752)
cancer is on the increase and there are 21,000 new cases in the
UK each year. The PSA test (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a simple
blood test which helps in the diagnosis.
It can be treated in various ways according to progression of the
cancer. Treatments include hormone therapy, radiotherapy and surgery.
Traditionally radiotherapy has been administered externally. However,
over the past 15 years a new technique of brachytheraphy has been
This method delivers radiation straight into the prostate so there
are fewer side effects for the patient.
The Peninsula Cancer Network (which includes all the consultants
in the region) says that low dose brachytheraphy should be carried
out at Derriford and high dose in Exeter. Now, due to this fantastic
achievement, the Chestnut Appeal will be funding this treatment
in the region.
appeal has always been a countywide appeal and - while it's still
our intention to provide a state of the art unit at Derriford which
will serve men and their families from across the region - the trustees
have recognised there's a need for money to be spent across Devon
at all four of the trusts in Plymouth, Exeter, Torbay and North
With this in mind a letter has been sent to all four trusts with
an offer for the Chestnut Appeal to provide a specialist and dedicated
prostate cancer nurse in each trust.
Dedicated areas for treatment will also be made available.
the charity is based at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital, it's here
for everybody in the region and we need to ensure the best treatments
will be made available for the whole population of the county.
more people that get involved from all areas of the county then
the better that would be for the appeal.
once again, a big thank you from me, and everyone at BBC Radio Devon
and the BBC Devon website for your continued support.