Date of release: Friday 19th June, 2015
Former Wolves goalkeeper Phil Parkes has presented specialist equipment to New Cross Hospital in memory of his wife Maureen, who died from cancer five years ago.
Phil, Maureen and their friend Sheila Edwards set up the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund during her brave battle with cancer.
This week Phil presented a Sentinel Lymph Node Probe to General Surgeon Brian Isgar at the hospital.
Funds were raised through a variety of events over the years, particularly golf days organised by another former Wolves great Steve Daly, and an annual fashion show, staged over the last 20 years at the Goodyear Pavillion.
Phil and Sheila have extended their thanks to the many local businesses who have supported the fundraising.
Thanks to their tremendous fundraising, the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund has raised nearly £60,000 and enabled the Trust to purchase various pieces of equipment to enhance the treatment and care of patients. Items to date include better quality, comfy furniture for patients, a portable x ray machine which reduces the amount of time a patient is in theatre to name but a few.
The latest purchase is a Sentinel Lymph Node Probe which reduces the risk of most operative problems such as swelling in the body tissues (Lymphoedema), pain, numbness, fluid collections and restricted shoulder movement.
Ruth Horton, Group Manager Surgical Services & Patient Services thanked the Maureen Parkes Breast Care Fund and its supporters for continuing to support patient care.
Mr Brian Isgar and Mr Pilar Matey (Consultant Breast Surgeons at the Trust) said they will be making good use of this new piece of equipment to treat our breast cancer patients.
For further information contact Fundraising Co-ordinator Leanne Bood. Tel. 01902 307999.