Hospital staff add a Touch of Pink to appeal

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Milton Keynes Hospital launched a new appeal this week, to buy a piece of high-tech equipment for its Breast Care Unit.

The Touch of Pink Appeal is raising £80,000 for a digital x-ray machine, which will allow staff to take x-ray images of tissue in seconds. Having this machine will shorten the amount of time people wait for results, as well as enable surgeons to see more patients each day. It will provide a real and tangible benefit to local people.

On Tuesday hospital staff marked the public launch of the appeal by wearing a touch of pink. From pink ties to bright pink dresses, and even pink caps in the operating theatres, the hospital ‘turned pink’ for the day, as well as holding fundraising activities in its main public areas. Staff were joined by cake-making fundraisers from Barclays in Bletchley and local radio station MKFM, who brought along their mascot Samantha the Panther to meet the children. More than £600 was raised on the day.

Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes hopes the appeal will make a huge difference to patients, as well as engaging with the Milton Keynes community. She said: “Touch of Pink is a local appeal, benefiting local people. Almost everyone – sadly – knows someone that’s been affected by cancer and I really hope that people will want to get involved in some way and make a difference by holding an event, making a donation or coming along to support our activities.”

Support from Bletchley branches of Sainsbury’s and Barclays has already kick-started the appeal, as well as it being the chosen cause of the Lions Club of Bletchley. Breast Care Unit staff also raised £11,000 themselves through a Touch of Pink Gala Ball.

One of the ways people can get involved is by taking part in the Touch of Pink Bake Off. Taking place throughout May, budding bakers can show off their culinary skills by organising a bake sale and donating the profits to a Touch of Pink. Those interested can contact Fundraising Manager Vanessa Holmes for a fundraising pack on 01908 826690 or email fundraising@mkhospital.nhs.uk.