Our chosen charities for 2017 will be the £1.6 million fund-raising appeal for Rory the Robot and the Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Awareness Group.
Rory the Robot appeal
Worcestershire is a major urology cancer centre, performing between 125 and 150 radical prostate cancer surgeries a year. With Rory's assistance, patients will benefit from less pain, minimal blood loss, quicker recovery and reduced complications.
Rory is a state of the art surgical robotic system, which allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery. This means surgeons operate through a few small incisions instead of a large open incision.
Removing the prostate gland this way is potentially the most effective and least invasive surgical approach to prostate cancer treatment available today.
Rory the Robot features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and special instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist. Rory offers many potential benefits compared to traditional surgery:
"The Rory Appeal has been established to raise funds for a £1.6 million robotic surgery unit to be based in Worcestershire for the surgical treatment of prostate cancer patients. With the robot, the outcome for the patient can be far better than with the normal invasive surgery which means the patient is in hospital between 36 and 48 hours and recovery time is down to a matter of weeks not months. The robot will also benefit our county by attracting and retaining those qualified nursing and surgical staff our hospitals always need.
"Please join with me and make this a reality for our county sooner rather than later and enjoy the event, I know I will so see you there!"
For more information, visit the Rory the Robot web pages and read the latest information brochure.
Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Awareness Group
Group founder David Baxter-Smith works tirelessly to ensure that as many men as possible are aware of the need to regularly monitor their P S A (Positive Specific Antogen) levels, which are a significant indicator of the presence of prostate cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment is key to making a full recovery.
David and his wife Dorothy set up the group in 2015 and it is now a registered charity which conducts tests at public events throughout Worcestershire, in many cases simply asking for a small donation.
"Each test costs about £20 so funding is a real issue and help from Strictly Worcestershire is very welcome," said David.