The Blossom Appeal

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The Blossom Appeal – Fast Facts

    • The Blossom Appeal is an independent charity which raises money for the breast care unit at North Manchester General Hospital.
    • First established in May 2001 by a small group of patients together with their families and friends, it aims to provide better facilities for patients, including new equipment which the NHS cannot afford and a range of ‘little extras’ to make the patients’ cancer ‘journey’ more comfortable and dignified.
    • Since it began in 2000, the charity has raised over £200,000 for the breast care unit, helping to fund vital equipment such as:
      • an Oesophageal Doppler (which reduces the operating time for patients undergoing more complex reconstructive surgery);
      • an ultrasound scanner to assist in the early diagnosis of breast disease; and
      • a Ventana Benchmark. This enables tissue biopsies to be analysed and the results reported on the same day as they are taken, giving patients a definite diagnosis in one visit to the out-patient’s department, rather than having to endure the anxiety of waiting for days or weeks for results.

 Where your money goes…

  • The charity helps to pay for free complementary therapy sessions, such as aromatherapy massages, for post-operative breast cancer patients. Feedback has been very positive, with patients claiming the treatment has helped them to achieve a speedier recovery and promoted a sense of wellbeing.
  • The Appeal also provides educational grants for members of staff from the Breast Team at the Hospital to attend specialist training courses, as we strongly believe that better trained and more informed nurses give better patient service.
  • In June 2010, the Blossom Appeal was chosen as the local charity partner of Sainsbury’s Heaton Park.  We benefited both from money donated through fundraising as well as time given by Sainsbury’s staff as volunteers.
  • The Blossom Appeal is staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers and its work relies entirely on the help of kind donations.
  • As well as Kym Marsh and Jamie Lomas, local actress and former Corrie star Suranne Jones, Vicky Binns (Coronation Street’s Molly Dobbs) and Emmerdale’s Nicola Wheeler are the charity’s patrons.
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  • Registered charity number 1094480.