The Big Give Christmas Challenge is now LIVE!
Please consider giving to us and your donation will keep on giving by providing new mammography equipment for the Gloucestershire Breast Centre.
Donations made to Cobalt with a credit or debit card here will be doubled for one week until 12 noon on 4 December 2018.
The Big Give is national campaign of ‘match-giving’ to charity.
The Big Give is a non-profit, charitable website which enables donors to support charity projects. Its main activity is online match funding. It is one of the largest online giving campaigns in the UK. The campaign runs from Tuesday, 27 November from 12 noon until Tuesday 4 December.
Every donation given to Cobalt through The Big Give website up to £25,000 will be doubled making a fantastic £50,000 up for grabs.
Julia Jenkins, Head of Fundraising, Cobalt said: “The money raised through The Big Give will be used to fund a 3D Mammography System for Thirlestaine Breast Centre. This is a state of the art screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool. The new system enable doctors to identify breast cancer at an earlier stage, which can make treatment more effective. It will also reduce the number of unnecessary procedures”.
Dr Sarah Vinnicombe, Consultant Radiologist, Breast Centre, Cheltenham talks about the advantages of this new equipment: ”The great advantage of this contrast enhanced mammography technique is we might be able to do it there and then for women who’ve got a breast cancer if we’re not sure how big the cancer is. That could be brilliant, because not only can we do it immediately in the clinic, it’s much, much quicker. Women aren’t going to have to wait two or three weeks and of course it’s a fraction of the cost of an MRI scan as well. So we think it could be really exciting development for breast imaging”.
Carole Law, a Volunteer at Cobalt talks about how her diagnosis saved her life: “In 2007 following a routine mammogram I received a re-call letter – having to wait for my follow-up appointment was the worst part. A malignant lump was discovered in my left breast; it was very small – the Consultant was optimistic and very reassuring. Following a lumpectomy, I had radiotherapy three times a week for a period of six weeks. I was fortunate enough not to have had ill effects from the treatment. Fortunately, the cancer had not spread to the lymph glands and chemotherapy was not necessary. Following my all-clear, I get checked every year and I am now invited to have a 3 yearly mammogram. I would encourage all women to go for breast screening, there is nothing to fear and there really is no good reason not to go”.