Generous couple’s donation helps buy hospital equipment

Carl Spruce and Rachel Spence, from Kettering, and Steve and Julia Moore, from Raunds, present the cheque to clinical nurse specialist Karen Roberts
Carl Spruce and Rachel Spence, from Kettering, and Steve and Julia Moore, from Raunds, present the cheque to clinical nurse specialist Karen Roberts

A Raunds couple have presented Kettering General Hospital with £3,000 that they, with the help of some friends, have raised over the last two years.

Steve and Julia Moore raised the money by organising charity concerts and via commission from food hamper sales.

It was agreed between the friends that supporting Kettering General Hospital’s breast and urology departments would be an appropriate way to use the money.

Mr Moore said: “We wanted to do something that would benefit a lot of local people and we decided to make the donation to prostate cancer and breast cancer care.”

The money has gone towards buying a template biopsy device for the hospital’s urology department. This is a new way of undertaking biopsies for suspected prostate cancer. It is done under general anaesthetic, takes more samples (and hence has more chance of detecting a cancer) and has a reduced risk of infection associated with the procedure.

For the breast service the contribution has gone toward a special kind of surgical headlight, worn by the surgeon, to assist in breast cancer surgery.

The hospital’s charity officer, Christina Kelly, said: “This has been a fantastic donation which has gone directly towards improving the hospital’s facilities for detecting and treating cancer. We want to thank Steve, Julia and all of their friends, very much indeed for this amazing donation.”