About Boot Out Breast Cancer
My name is Debbie Dowie and I decided to set up a new charity in 2010 after I was diagnosed with breast cancer back in August 2009. I was one of the lucky ones, in that my cancer was discovered early and my prognosis was very good but I do realise that for some this is not the case.
I felt very fortunate that I had received such prompt care and attention but, the more I discussed my diagnosis and treatment, the more I became aware of just how many women receive this diagnosis each year. The NHS is in great need of the latest diagnostic equipment, so I decided to turn my experience with breast cancer into a positive one and Boot Out Breast Cancer was born.
I now have a team of 7 friends and we are all determined to make a difference. Each of us is committed to fundraising and to making sure that every penny raised is spent on some much needed equipment in the NHS. Our aim is to provide equipment for as many breast cancer units in NHS Hospitals as possible.
Since our first event in November 2010 and we have raised over £720,000 all spent on equipment in NHS Hospitals.
We have provided equipment for The Royal Bolton NHS hospital, The Nightingale Centre NHS hospital in South Manchester, Thomas Linacre Breast Centre at Wrighington Wigan and Leigh NHS Hospital and the Paterson Institue next to The Christie. The level of funding for the latest state-of-the-art equipment is almost non existent in the NHS at the present time, as confirmed by the UK Statistics Authority only recently and we feel that we are plugging that gap.
The equipment we have purchased is saving theatre time, anaesthetic and I believe giving that early diagnosis, which is key to ultimately saving lives.
The Breast Unit at the Nightingale Centre have received some up-to-date software to support a breast biopsy kit we purchased for them 18 months ago, the cost of the software to perform biopsies with MRI to guide them is approximately £27,000.
For the Nightingale Centre at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester we donated a MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy costing £27,000. We also purchased a liquid handling robotic platform for the Breakthrough research scientists at the Paterson unit costing £100,000.
We donated a Faxitron BioVision Specimen System which provides immediate verification of excised breast tissue margins. We also donated an EnCor Enspire breast biopsy system worth £84,000.
Funds to purchase a new Siemens 2000 Ultrasound Elastography Machine for The Nightingale Centre based at Wythenshawe Hospital worth £70,000 and a DigniCap, a brand new scientific scalp cooling system for £24,000.