26th July saw our latest Men's Breakfast which followed the usual format of 'Full English' fried breakfast, during which we chatted to our immediate neighbours, before we pushed out into a circle to hear from our guest speaker, this month Mr David Sparrey. (Return to top)
David is a trustee of a charity called 'Robocap' - Robo
rostrate - which helped purchase an American machine used to remotely perform an operation on the male prostrate on men living in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and South Worcestershire. The machine uses minimum evasion 'keyhole' techniques that reduce the effect on the body and consequent the recovery time. It's not unusual for the patient to leave hospital the day after the operation for the removal of the cancerous prostrate gland. Prostrate cancer is the most common form of cancer found in men. (Return to top)
David told us that Robocap began collecting in 2009 and by 2013 had raised around £500,000 from Freemasons, Rotary and Golf Clubs etc towards the purchase price of the machine of £1.2 million.
The Gloucestershire NHS Trust then helped them purchase the machine, which included negotiating £400,000 off the price and providing the rest of the purchase money. (Return to top)
Robocap only needed to give a donation of £300,000 towards the purchase, which is enabling them to go on to fund the purchase of diagnosis equipment etc for satellite hospitals around the three counties to assist with
detecting the disease and identifying patients at an early stage for sending to the machine, thus reducing the chances of survival, as well as paying for the training of some support nurses. (Return to top)