A-Plan Insurance: A-Plan Basingstoke Commercial Team selected us as their charity of the year in 2019 and have been very busy with an array of fundraising activities for Pelican Cancer Foundation!
Three members of staff held a sponsored golf day which involved 4 rounds of golf, one after the other, and an incredible 18.4 miles of walking over 14 hour time period. For this event, they raised over £500.00. They also held a sponsored gaming event that lasted 12 hours and raised £100.
In addition – the Commercial Team at A-Plan completed the Supernova 5k – Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 5th October, which has so far raised over £400 for us.
We’re really looking forward to working with A Plan over the next year and thank them for all their hard work so far!
In 2019 – pseudomyxoma and multiple organ transplant survivor Adam Alderson has been fundraising for us. With his wife Laura, he rode two 50cc mini motorcycles over 2000 miles across the Pyrenees, through the roads of Europe through the mountains and villages and rough terrain. This challenge has raised over £1000 for Pelican Cancer Foundation. This has been an incredibly tough challenge – huge congratulations and thanks to Adam and Laura for completing it!
Amy Lomax has completed an incredible 6 ultramarathons through her ‘Running for Hannah’ Challenge – for her friend Hannah, who is battling bowel cancer.
In April 2017, Hannah was diagnosed with Stage 4 bowel cancer which metastasized to her ovaries and peritoneum. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy at North Hampshire Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital. All the treatment worked, and scan results were clear. But in March 2019, it returned, and Hannah is now starting some new treatment, immunotherapy, to manage the disease.
Inspired by Hannah to never stop hoping, Amy wanted to do something positive and show her support, and she did this by completing her challenge – 6 ultramarathons spelling out the name of her friend.
Hadrian 100 Miles
Air Run, 75th D-Day Run (a 6 hour timed event)
KNight Run, (a 6 hour timed event)
Norfolk 100 km
Andredsweald Circuit Marathon
Hallows 12 Parish – 40 miles
Well done Amy – for smashing your fundraising target for Pelican Cancer Foundation and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity!
On Friday 12th July, Pelican Cancer Foundation staff, faculty and delegates convened for our ninth Pelican IMPACT workshop in London. Comprising of 122 colorectal specialists from 14 hospitals, our one day programme comprised of 10 sessions that were delivered by 26 specialists from 11 different hospitals.
Individual patient discussion to deliver the best possible care
Our innovative national development programme brings together these multi-disciplinary specialists who are treating patients affected by advanced colorectal cancer, to discuss the treatment pathway and complex areas through case examples. With the focus on patients, our aim through Pelican IMPACT is to concentrate on the outstanding care that is given – in order to make it even better.
Our session on ‘colorectal lung metastases’ presented by Mr. John Pilling, (Consultant Thoracic Surgeon, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust), focused on the treatment of bowel cancer spread to the lung.
Mr. Pilling and a panel of different specialists presented a complex patient case in an open discussion with the audience, challenging the treatment options and pathway of care. Medical history (information) and scans provided a basis for the in-depth and lengthy discussion regarding patient management and treatment options between different specialists and hospital teams.
Decision making for each individual patient is intricate and complicated, and this discussion highlighted the breadth of expertise available within the region. It reiterated the necessity of multidisciplinary team involvement and for some cases, knowledge of other specialists in the region to refer to in order to ensure the best treatment for the patient.
We are thrilled with the outstanding feedback we’ve received from the day overall (as with the previous eight regional workshops) – reflecting the exceptional standard of learning on the day, delivered by a team offering a diverse range of talent.
One delegate commented: “Increased discussion of possible outcomes at beginning of patient journey – bad and good”. Another said the day was: “very well thought out…. powerful patient perspective videos…”
The more informed a patient is, the more they can make informed decisions about their treatment.
We’re looking forward to continuing our series of workshops with our next IMPACT meeting due to take place in Taunton on 13th September.