Beverley Market.

Beverley Market.

The team had a very enjoyable day at Beverly Minster Food & Drink Festival on Saturday. Thanks for the support from Men in Sheds and our great friends the Freemasons.

We raised £120 on the day.

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Pan O Cam

Pan O Cam

As team lead, I was invited to attend the Women & Children’s hospital to-day, to the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to help assess a new model of a retinal camera called a ‘Pan O Cam’.

Manufactured in the USA by a company called Visunex Medical Systems, this is the latest state of the art, HD, paediatric retinal camera based on the RetCam3, but allegedly superior in a number of areas.

Interestingly, the CEO and the Vice President of Visunex, both used to work at Clarity Medical Systems who design and manufacture the RetCam. Apparently, these two guys left the company, started Visunex and took the best of the RetCam and improved it. They are also selling it a bit cheaper!

The camera was found to be very impressive with some great images taken of 2 prem babies by the lead paediatric consultant.

Not only is the operating system far easier to use than the RetCam, images are displayed wirelessly from the camera to a large, touch screen monitor mounted on the base unit. This means the operator can leave the bulky base unit in the corridor of the ward say, and move about each incubator just with the wireless hand held camera.

Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately for one child, pathology was spotted in one eye.

Hypothetically, this possibly could have been missed using the existing BIO method and may have meant a trip to Oxford for Retcam imaging with the associated delays to treatment and possible adverse visual outcomes. As it is, diagnosis was very quickly made with remedial action scheduled for tomorrow. Great service!

Compared to the existing method of one ophthalmologist viewing the eyes and doing a rough paper drawing of what they thought they saw, two ophthalmologists were reviewing HD, colour, still images, flicking back and forth looking at 130 degree coverage of the babies retinas and making qualified, unambiguous decisions on pathology seen. This is truly 21st century medicine.

This is a massive, massive improvement over current techniques and needs shouting from the rooftops how much a retinal camera will improve the lives of any under 5 suffering from a sight threatening eye disease in the East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire areas.

All the ophthalmologists at the Trust are seriously getting very excited at the prospect of getting one of these cameras now and are putting a lot of effort in trying to find the best and most cost effective solution for the hospital.

From our point of view as a team raising the funds to buy this equipment, we want the best retinal camera that funds will buy, regardless of who manufactures it or what it is called. After reviewing both the RetCam and the Pan O Cam, my money would be on the latter, but at the end of the day, the decision will be made by the people that are going to use it.

Watch this space, another manufacturer is going to be in the spotlight soon!

 

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Joan Wilkinson Charitable Trust

Joan Wilkinson Charitable Trust

Another fantastic boost to our appeal to-day with a massive £5,000 ‘no strings attached’ donation from the Joan Wilkinson Charitable Trust.

This was another victory for the team as this is another national charity that has donated to our local campaign and proves we can hold our own against the large professional appeals now.

A massive ‘thank you’ to the trustees at The Joan Wilkinson Charitable Trust for having the confidence to support us.

We will not let you down!

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Unite the Union

Unite the Union

Way back in August at the NHS 70 Expo one of the team was talking to members of the organisation called ‘Unite the Union’ about our appeal. Unexpectedly, we were contacted by them this week and they have generously donated £100 to the campaign.

This is great news and another welcome boost to our funds.

Thank you very much to the Hull branch of Unite the Union.

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Hull Rotary Club Donation

Hull Rotary Club Donation

After contacting The Rotary Club of Hull many months ago regarding Hey Hull Retcam being considered as a local charity to support from the Humber Bridge Half Marathon, we were invited to present our case at one of their meetings in June of this year. The presentation went very well and we met some wonderful, friendly people.

Following on from this we had the great news last week that we had been chosen as a supported charity and we were invited to a presentation evening last Wednesday at The Village hotel. After a thoroughly enjoyable evening where the race director told us all about this years and next years Humber Bridge marathon, ourselves and a number of other worthy charities were presented with cheques by this years president of the Hull Rotary club.

For ourselves, a magnificent £1,000 was awarded which is a fabulous boost to our appeal.

We cannot thank the Rotary clubs enough generally for the support and encouragement we have been given. Some wonderful people doing wonderful things both locally and internationally. We hope we can continue to meet with you all in the future and maybe assist yourselves in some of your endeavours.

Thank you one and all.

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Haltemprice Lions Donation

Haltemprice Lions Donation

After a thoroughly enjoyable evening last night with the good people of the Haltemprice Lions, we were presented with a very generous cheque for £250 which will add considerably to our target.

Despite the different names and groups we have visited over the last 12 months, albeit Freemasons, Rotary clubs or Lions, all have a common bond and synergy. And that is to help others and do good things. So reassuring and uplifting when you see so much negativity in the world.

Thank you Lions and hope we can come back soon to give you our presentation.

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Our Hugely Successful Evie’s WISHH RetCam Ball

Our Hugely Successful Evie’s WISHH RetCam Ball

123 guests dressed in some fantastic outfits attended our ball last Friday night. After months of planning the closest details, all went ahead without a hitch and a good time was had by all.

There are just too many people to thank for helping us, but a special mention must got to management and staff of The Village for allowing us to host the event in the first place. The support and help they gave us was nothing short of amazing. For our band, Hep to the Jive, our photo-booth couple Barry and Angie (Just-4-Fun- Photo Booths), to Paul Kitchen, our magician and not least Scotty DJ  for the great disco he put on for us! All gelled together to make a great night out.

We raised after all costs, £4021 from this event but this is primarily due to the great support we had from raffle and auction prize donators, businesses and individuals and not forgetting of course, our guests for putting their hands in their pockets and donating to the cause.

It never stops amazing the team the support we are getting from such a wide and diverse range of sources and is so uplifting to see.

Thank you all for supporting us once again and watch this space for news of Lazaats in March!

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Milestone achieved!

Milestone achieved!

Our campaign received another massive boost this weekend from proceeds from our Autumn ball (details to follow). This brings us up to 80% of our total, or, ‘only’ £20,400 left to raise. This is totally due to the fantastic support we are getting both locally and nationally now for our charity. Thanks to one and all.

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Kingston Joinery Support

Kingston Joinery Support

One of the unsung heroes of our campaign over the many months we have been running it but who have kept very much in the background, is the local business Kingston Joinery.

From entering a team in our Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge and raising thousands of pounds, to donating auction prizes for our Autumn Ball and buying a table at same, the guys at Kingston Joinery have been fantastic! We have just heard that the MD and his partner collected our barrels on his day off on Sunday from the venue and returned them for us. Thanks to Craig and Lynette.

If anybody out there is reading this and wants any joinery work doing, if Kingston Joinery show you the same level of commitment and support as they have shown us, then I could not recommend them highly enough.

Thanks guys!

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Local Business Supports our Campaign

Local Business Supports our Campaign

Another local business has jumped in to help us with our campaign. Carafax of Sutton Fields have generously donated a cheque for £500 after we wrote to them recently asking for help. It’s support such as this that will ensure we hit our target and provide the camera that the eye hospital desperately want.

Thank you so much to the good people at Carafax.

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