Last year we had the pleasure of providing fundraising support to a group of people from Estyn, the education and training inspectorate of Wales.  They had arranged a series of fundraising events to support our Breast Centre Appeal in aid of their colleague Rhian Griffiths who was undergoing treatment at the Breast Centre, University Hospital Llandough.

We then had the pleasure of meeting Rhian and one of her colleagues to receive the incredible donation of just over £5000, but this was just the beginning.

When we met last year, Rhian said, “It’s been a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but the compassion and care has been unbelievable.  I feel very privileged to have had such a wonderful surgeon in Lucy Satherley who is so passionate about her work.  Delivering hard/difficult news is never easy but the staff have such a calm, kind and assured temperament, you feel safe.  Receiving the news that you have cancer is both devastating and extremely upsetting.  However, after the initial shock, I knew I was in safe hands.”

Rhian had just taken on a new role at Cardiff Met and was already planning another fundraising event for the summer of 2023 hoping to raise money to purchase some new equipment which would directly support the care of anyone else going through their treatment at Cardiff and Vale Breast Centre.

True to her word, Rhian organised a wonderful evening event of music, story sharing, auction and raffles which took place in June, and with the continued wonderful support of her friends, family and colleagues, raised a staggering £18,300 at this event (including a £5000 donation from The Tudor Pritchard Foundation).  Rhian was exhausted but elated and completely overwhelmed by the support received.

Once again, Sue Dickson-Davies, Health Charity lead for the Breast Centre Appeal, and Lucy Satherley, Consultant Surgeon at the Breast Centre who treated Rhian, had the opportunity of meeting with Rhian to accept this wonderful donation.  The total raised in support of Rhian has now reached well over £23,000 and this money will go directly towards the purchase of a new hand held ultrasound machine which can be used in theatre in real time whilst operations are taking place, to allow surgeons to pinpoint their surgery more accurately.

Cardiff & Vale Health Charity and the Breast Centre Appeal would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Rhian and all those who have supported her.  This incredible generosity will have such a direct impact for future patients of our Breast Centre on their treatment and recovery journey.

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