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 tenth annual function will be a fundraising ball at the Wentworth Club on Saturday, 1st October 2016, for the benefit of the Fight Breast Cancer Charity (Registered Charity Number 1146253) and the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Fund (Registered Charity Number 1058567).
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.
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:
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
Ashford & St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Fund