Rotarians go over the edge for prostate cancer appeal

October 03 2017

SIX intrepid members of Chipping Sodbury and Yate Rotary clubs abseiled more than 100ft down the side of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel Building to raise nearly £3,000 for a health appeal.

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SIX intrepid members of Chipping Sodbury and Yate Rotary clubs abseiled more than 100ft down the side of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel Building to raise nearly £3,000 for a health appeal.

The men took on the challenge in aid of the hospital’s £2 million Prostate Cancer Care Appeal, which was set up to buy two surgical robots to meet the growing demand for prostate surgery.  

Among the abseilers was John Berridge, the recently appointed president of Chipping Sodbury Rotary Club.

He said: ”Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men and robotic surgery is more accurate, less invasive and reduces the length of stay in hospital.

“We decided this is a really worthwhile project to support because this cutting edge treatment will improve facilities for generations to come.” 

 The other team members were John Wells, Ian Joseph, Kevan Allington and Keith Pattison from Chipping Sodbury and Geoff Nener from the Yate club.    

Anthony Koupparis, lead urology consultant at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “Our team at Southmead are regional, national and European leaders for robotic surgery and the appeal will ensure we stay at the forefront of this technology.” 

 Anyone who wants to contribute to Rotary fund should email johnberridge@googlemail.com