News release – 10 July 2012
UCAN CAMPAIGN RECEIVES £10,000 BOOST FROM BARRACK CHARITABLE TRUST
A fundraising campaign by urological cancer charity UCAN to bring Scotland's first robotic-assisted surgical system to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary has received a £10,000 cash injection from a charitable trust.
UCAN was awarded the grant by The Barrack Charitable Trust, which was set up in 2009 by Aberdeen businessman James Barrack to support deserving causes.
The charity is currently raising £2.5million to purchase a robotic-assisted surgical equipment for the hospital, which would initially be used for urological, gynaecological and bowel operations.
Based at Ward 44 at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UCAN was originally set up to raise awareness of testicular, prostate, bladder and kidney cancer and support patients and their families.
UCAN's fundraising manager Fiona JD Pearson said: "Our current fundraising challenge is to raise enough money to bring the very latest robotic-assisted surgical equipment to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, plus two new integrated theatres to house the system.
"We are absolutely delighted to accept this very generous donation from The Barrack Charitable Trust, which takes us a step closer to reaching our target of £2.5million by the end of 2013, and directly and indirectly benefit everyone in the North-east of Scotland."
The Trust was set up to assist organisations cope with the decrease in charitable donations for specific projects by businesses and individuals due to the economic climate faced at the time.
Mr Barrack, who is chairman and managing director of the Knight Property Group, said the trustees felt the UCAN campaign was a worthy recipient of the £10,000 grant.
"The Trust supports a number of deserving causes, including education, the arts, citizenship, regeneration, poverty and those in need through ill-health, disability or other disadvantage, so UCAN's campaign was particularly fitting for us," he said.
"We were impressed by the capabilities of the robotic-assisted surgical system and the positive impact it would have on patients' treatment and recovery time, and we are delighted to award UCAN £10,000 towards the cost of this very advanced system and two operating theatres.
"I have been very fortunate in my business life so through the Trust I am pleased to be able to give something back to the North-east community."
Considered to be the future for surgical procedures, the robotic-assisted system is a powerful and highly advanced tool that enables precision and intricate surgery to be carried out in many more patients, speeding up operating times.
UCAN's next major fundraising event is its inaugural golf challenge, which will be held on Thursday, September 27 at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Teams are being invited to enjoy a round of golf then a champagne reception and dinner at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.
For more information please visit www.ucanfundraise.org.uk, call Fiona JD Pearson on 01224 559312 or 07702 795409 or email