Wessex Vale Crematorium was pleased to be able to donate to Southampton General Hospital a donation of £4,779.24. The money donated comes at a time when Southampton General Hospital were looking at increasing the capacity of the HDR Prostate service.
With an increase of the service provided by Southampton General Hospital, there are a number of costs associated and extra equipment is required in order to help support the service. The money donated by Wessex Vale Crematorium will be used to purchase equipment that will help support the treatment of prostate brachytherapy. High dose-rate (HDR) brachytherapy is a type of internal radiotherapy (also known as temporary brachytherapy). It involves putting thin, hollow needles into the prostate. A source of radiation is then passed down the needles into the prostate for a few minutes to destroy cancer cells. The source of radiation is then removed, so no radiation is left inside your body. Because the radiation is put directly into the prostate, the prostate gets a much higher dose of radiation than the healthy tissue around it.
Site Manager, Lisa Johnson commented "This money which has been donated has been raised from the recycling of unwanted metals and orthopaedic implants which have been kindly donated by the next of kin, whose funeral services have taken place at the Crematorium. I would like to thank once again our families who have allowed these metals to be donated. This cheque is a substantial amount of money, and is going to a well worthy cause that could make a difference to someone who is suffering from prostate cancer."
Suzie Simmons, Head of Fundraising, says: “Thank you so much to Wessex Vale Crematorium for this very generous donation of £4,779. This gift means that we will be able to enhance our prostate cancer services by increasing the capacity of the service as the money will go towards buying additional equipment. Without your ongoing support, we would not be able to introduce these benefits for our patients, so thank you."