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Burnley MP’s prostate scanner appeal tops £20,000

Staff at Willowbank Care Home, Burnley, present a cheque to MP Gordon Birtwistle and his wife, Kathleen, in aid of the Scanner Appeal. 
Photo Ben Parsons

Staff at Willowbank Care Home, Burnley, present a cheque to MP Gordon Birtwistle and his wife, Kathleen, in aid of the Scanner Appeal. Photo Ben Parsons

Massive good will and a lot of hard work has pushed a fund for a prostate cancer scanner over its Christmas target.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle is trying to raise £75,000 for a replacement scanner at Burnley General Hospital, and wanted to have £20,000 of it by Christmas.

The appeal’s public support has come from across the community, with £1,000 raised on a Christmas shopping trip to Yorkshire on a coach sponsored by ‘Bank on Dave’.

The fund has had its most recent boost from the proceeds of four events.

• An impressive £1,140 came from philanthropic punters and auctioned shave of Movember moustaches that filled Greenhill Bowling Club on Saturday for a race night.

• An additional £917 was collected from donations made by generous shoppers at Sainsbury’s saying thank you to volunteer bag packers.

• A £650 donation came from the green token Community Life fund at Asda.

• And £720 was raised by seven walkers who hiked from Willow Bank Care Home, Burnley, where they work to Todmorden Cricket Club. Diane Ireland, Sharon Cariou, Lynda Owen, Angela Bradshaw, Collette and Tony Pierce and Wendy Taylor, did the 10-mile walk to Lynda’s home town in three hours, and were treated to chip butties and trifle, and extra donations, on reaching the club.

The new scanner being bought will replace the one the MP helped buy for the hospital a decade ago.

The Birtwistles managed to raise £60,000 during their year as the borough’s mayor and mayoress in 2002/2003. The appeal was inspired by the MP’s father, who died from prostate cancer.

The scanner appeal is running until July.

 

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