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AWE helps shape the future of cancer treatment at Basingstoke Hospital

AWE helps shape the future of cancer treatment at Basingstoke Hospital.

Holly Hall Radiotherapy Service Manager Basingstoke Hospital, Tricia Monro, Fund Manager for the North Hampshire Medical Fund, AWE Scientist Dr Alison Baxter.

North Hampshire Medical Fund has welcomed a £5K boost to its Pinpoint Appeal from AWE towards funds for breakthrough radiotherapy equipment.

The donation is another example of AWE's is commitment to support local and national charities with donations, sponsorship and practical help.

Cancer survivor and  AWE scientist, Dr Alison Baxter recommended that AWE give to the Pinpoint Appeal, which has been tasked with raising £450,000 for a state-of-the-art CT scanner for the new £5m radiotherapy unit at Basingstoke Hospital.

Alison was diagnosed with grade three breast cancer in November 2012.

After having a lump removed she began chemotherapy and subsequently radiotherapy.
However, because there was no radiotherapy provision at her local hospital, Basingstoke, Alison was forced to make the daily trip to Southampton for four weeks where she received the care she needed.

Through her own experience Alison was motivated to help the Pinpoint appeal.

Alison said: "Travelling to Southampton for radiotherapy treatment was time-consuming, tiring and expensive. But it could have been much worse. I was lucky enough to not rely on public transport.

"It was for this reason me and my friends decided that in 2013 we would raise money for the North Hampshire Medical Fund Pinpoint appeal. After my treatment finished in mid-August I started to fundraise with my friends and family, taking on a sponsored bike ride, making cakes, biscuits and pickles, doing a Christmas raffle, and getting money from a swear box. In all we have raised around £2,000 but money is still coming in. I was delighted that AWE decided to embrace my passion for this charity and donate £5k to the new scanner. For local Basingstoke residents this unit will make so much difference to their cancer treatment. It will reduce the stress of travelling for treatment at what can be an incredibly stressful time."

Spring will see the opening of the new Radiotherapy unit in the grounds of the Basingstoke hospital, where the equipment is to be initially located. The Radiotherapy Planning CT with laser positioning system costs £450,000. It enables radiotherapy to be delivered with pinpoint accuracy, so that the treatment side-effects and peripheral damage to organs and tissues will be significantly reduced.

Tricia Monro, Fund Manager for the North Hampshire Medical Fund said: "The contribution of £5,000 from AWE has been critical in getting us to the finishing line for our Pinpoint Appeal.  We are immensely grateful to Alison Baxter for nominating the Medical Fund. We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to AWE staff and the members of the community committee for supporting our efforts to advance local cancer treatment by making the very latest technology available in the new unit. It will make a huge difference to many in our community."

Notes to Editors:

  1. AWE plays a crucial role in national defence by providing and maintaining warheads for Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent
  2. AWE is contracted to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) through a Government-owned Contractor Operated (GOCO) arrangement. Whilst our sites and facilities remain in government ownership, their management, day to day operations, and the maintenance of the nuclear stockpile is contracted to a private company AWE Management Limited (AWE ML). AWE ML is a consortium comprising three equal partners: Serco Group plc, the Lockheed Martin Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group.
  3. AWE press releases are available on our website: www.awe.co.uk. For further information contact Media@AWE.co.uk or 01189855888
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