About Lunch4Life

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Since its inception in 2007, the Lunch4Life Committee has raised funds in support of local and national cancer charities through an annual event and auction. All proceeds are distributed to the designated recipients.

Our next function will be a fundraising ball at the Wentworth Club on Saturday, 6th October 2018, for the benefit of the Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals Charitable Fund (Registered Charity Number 1058567), Fight Breast Cancer Charity (Registered Charity Number 1146253), and the Prostate Cancer UK (Registered Charity Number 1005541 in England and Wales, SC039332 in Scotland).

Why Lunch4Life?

Lunch4Life is driven by the experience of Lorna Ponti who, with the help of supportive and generous friends, is actively campaigning for improved services and breast awareness. The first two fundraising events were lunches, thus the committee adopted the name Lunch4Life.

Lorna feels lucky that her cancer was discovered and treated - a hard journey, but worthwhile. All too many women discover too late because they are too frightened to get tested. These are the people we want to reach. Breast cancer kills more women under 50 than any other disease. We also wish to ensure that state-of-the-art equipment is available for the treatment of all patients of the Ashford & St Peter's Breast Unit.

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What we have achieved in 2018

This machine was purchased by Miss Sunita Shrotria, the breast surgeon in 2018, with funds raised for Fight Breast Cancer charity and and is housed at Ashford & St Peter's Hospital. It's to benefit all patients

The Vectra 3 D scanner is a modern machine providing state of the art image capture that I, as a breast surgeon, have coveted and pursued for over a decade. The purchase of this excellent machine has finally been made possible by the Lunch4Life fundraising efforts. The VECTRA machine is able to provide a 3 D image of the breast and is useful in carrying out surgery with precision. It addresses all the questions that surgeons and patients want to ask about outcome of surgery, the expectations and the choices. I am able to use it to select the appropriate technique, the most accurate size of implant for reconstruction, and present the visual representation of the outcome to the patient. It provides automated measurements and detects volume difference of the breasts before and after cancer surgery. The 3 D scanner carries no radiation and can be used for refining breast surgery and also for other forms of reconstruction in specialities like the maxillofacial and ENT.

There is significant benefit in improving patients understanding of their condition and the possible outcome by selection from a range of surgical options. The 3 D scan gives patients the opportunity to consider choices and participate in the decision making by using real 3 D images. This application improves results from interventions by personalising the surgery to suit the patient. .

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What we have achieved

Lunch4Life has contributed to the purchase of improved mammography equipment to identify problems much earlier than was previously possible, with the added benefit of less pain during the testing process. Many women are discouraged by the discomfort caused when having a mammogram.

Lunch4Life donations have enabled the purchase of a hand-held ultrasound machine, used in the preliminary diagnosis of breast lumps, an areola pigmentation machine, a 3D imaging machine, and equipment used to perform an important diagnostic test called sentinel node biopsy.

Funds raised in 2010 purchased equipment used by the Unit's surgeons in breast reconstruction, a Gamma Finder II Cordless Portable Probe, and a Bluetooth Sentinel Node Finder. The 2011 donation was used to fund research and to help purchase vital equipment and reagents for investigation into an important breast cancer gene. Money raised in 2012 enabled the purchase of bipolar scissors, which coagulate blood and seal the vessels as incisions are made. In addition, four portable laserlymphedoema machines were purchased. The invisible infra-red wavelength penetrates deeply into tissue, where it is absorbed by cells and converted into energy that apparently aids in reducing the swelling of post-mastectomy lymphedoema.

Since that time, funds raised by Lunch4Life have also purchased:

  • An endoscope to highlight and aid visualisation of the breast tissue in difficult areas.
  • The Sigmacon Bodyjet Lipofilling machine, which allows breast reconstruction to be carried out using fat harvested from the patient’s own body.
  • A Colemans Centrifuge, used in clinical medicine and laboratories to spin samples at a high speed, thereby separating the components. This machine enables the use of viable cells for breast reconstruction after cancer surgery.
  • Tebbits Light Retractors with a fiber-optic light at the tip, designed to illuminate the tissues, enhancing visualisation when working through small incisions.

We also have supported the following national cancer charities through donations:

2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016

Cancer Research UK
Macmillan Cancer Support
Marie Curie Cancer Care
The Prostate Cancer Charity
The Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust
The Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Breakthrough Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK