Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre team celebrate £10k donation to charity

Staff at Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre have voted for Bowel Cancer UK as Care UK Healthcare’s charity of year and this week they celebrated the start of a £10k sponsorship that will help raise awareness of the country’s fourth most common cancer.

Hospital director John O’Brien said: “At Will Adams NHS Treatment Centre we form part of the National Bowel Screening Programme, which invites people over 55 to be screened if they or a close family member have a history of bowel cancer.

“This screening saves lives as it aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage, when treatment has the best chance of working. The test can also find polyps (non-cancerous growths) which might develop into cancer. Polyps can usually be removed, to lower the risk of bowel cancer, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease can be identified so that GPs can plan treatment.”

Every 15 minutes someone is diagnosed with bowel cancer – almost 42,000 people every year. Care UK’s commitment will support the charity’s work to help stop people dying of bowel cancer by raising money for their vital services and life-saving research.

Each year the team at the treatment centre in Gillingham carry out around 1,800 sigmoidoscopies for the screening service, and a further 3,800 at the request of GPs because of symptoms reported by their patients.

John said: “We have run endoscopy services for around 14 years and we have been part of the National Bowel Screening Programme for the last five years, so although we do not treat bowel conditions we are very aware of the excellent work carried out by Bowel Cancer UK.

“We were delighted when the votes of treatment centre staff across nine centres were counted and it was announced that the charity would receive £10,000 from Care UK, which runs the centre on behalf of the NHS.”

Luke Squires, Director of Fundraising for Bowel Cancer UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but because of the support of amazing organisations like Care UK Healthcare we can continue to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by bowel cancer.”