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Staff and Patients raise over £10k for cancer funds22 October 2018

Breast cancer patients took on their spouses and doctors in the 'BRA-VO' Ultimate Games Night at Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens on Friday to raise funds for Whiston and St Helens Hospitals' Charity. 

The event was a roaring success and received local support from a number of businesses and companies, with Barclays and NSG-Pilkingtons making generous contributions to the cause.

The evening, presented by Linda McDermott and Frankie Connor from BBC Radio Merseyside, raised an incredible £10,500 towards the charity's Breast Cancer Services Fund. Patients past and present were cheered by the crowd chanting "BRA-VO" as they stood up to join in the heats, while torch bearers lit up pink trees to the Chariots of Fire theme song to mark the official opening of the games.

Teams of patients, families and doctors tried their luck with a game of 'Play Your Cards Right' followed by a Saints rugby relay, numbers game and popular music quiz with a twist. A hot buffet was provided for guests, with a charity auction to raise funds towards the Burney Breast Unit at St Helens Hospital. Miss Leena Chagla, Lead Clinician and Head of Burney Breast Unit, said:

"Thank you to all the patients, doctors and families for being such good sports and to the local community for their support. Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in women and awareness events like this are very important to improve early detection and survival."

The winning team was announced as patient group, 'Chemo Savvy', and there was a raffle draw to close the ceremony. Patients and staff had a fantastic night, with positive feedback for the Trust reflected in one guest's comment:

"Thank you for organising such a fantastic event. I can say with confidence that there is no other cancer group which is as socially active as yours in the whole of Merseyside. The credit goes to you for bringing patients and staff together."

Staff would like to give a special mention to Carl Keith Hair and Beauty, who provided complimentary hair styling at their salon on the morning of the event and goody bags for all women who attended.

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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