Mini-thoracic Egg Scope funded by Brown Dog is now operational at Glenfield Hospital

This state of the art probe is used for treating people with pleural effusions (fluid on the lung) and enables a much faster diagnosis of lung cancer (and other problems) as it can take take tissue samples at the time of investigation.

It also means patients can be managed through a 1 day out-patient appointment as opposed to the current 7-10 days.

The treatment involves local anaesthetic and removes the need for a general anaesthetic and is far less evasive for patients. 

Charity’s boost for cancer patients

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Fund-raisers have handed over £30,000 to help treat patients with pancreatic cancer at Leicester’s hospitals. The money was raised by supporters of Brown Dog who took part in the Leicestershire charity’s 2012 “wild Land’s End” challenge. They walked 40 miles in 23 hours along the rugged Cornish coast. The charity has donated nearly £150,000 to Leicester’s hospitals in recent years.  The latest donation meant the hospitals were able to buy more specialist endoscopic ultrasound scopes.

Mark Storer, who founded the charity, said: “We are always keen to ensure that every penny we raise is used to purchase essential equipment that will directly helppeople fighting cancer. “It is also important to us to be able show the people who kindly supported us exactly how their good money was used to make a real difference to patients and hospital staff.”

The scopes are used to produce highly detailed pictures of the pancreas and can be used to diagnose pancreatic cancer. They can also be used to treat some of the symptoms of the disease such as pain, and help to manage complications from acute pancreatitis, a life-threatening illness.

Dr Sudarshan Kadri, a consultant gastroenterologist at Leicester’s hospitals, will also use the equipment to train other consultants. This will also improve the availability of the procedure for patients across the East Midlands.

Giuseppe Garcea, clinical director of cancer services for Leicester’s hospitals, said: “We are very grateful to members of Brown Dog cancer charity for its kind donation, which will make a significant impact on the quality of the service we provide.”

The Brown Dog charity was named after Mark Storer’s Labrador Colin.

He founded it after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and discovering the disease had spread to his lungs and lymph nodes in 1999.

Mark responded to chemotherapy and a year later was told he was in the clear.

By Leicester Mercury  |  Posted: October 16, 2015

By Cathy Buss

How to set up your MyDonate fundraising page

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MyDonate is a great way to manage your fundraising. It makes things easy for you and even easier for people who want to support you with the challenge by making a donation. We’ve detailed the full benefits of doing this here.

To get your page set up, just follow these simple steps.

1. Click here or go to mydonate.bt.com/event/startFundraising.html

This will take you to the MyDonate ‘Start fundraising’ page where you begin your account set up.

2. Click the option to Join an organised event

Clicking to join our organised event will enable the funds to go straight to Brown Dog – once you’re set up you won’t have to do a thing, apart from tell all your friends.

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3. Click personal registration and complete the details required to set up your page.

Here’s where you put in details like your email address to create an account with MyDonate.

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4. Search for Brown Dog in the ‘Enter charity name’ box

Put Brown Dog into the Enter charity name box to search for our events. You should find us on the second page, where you can select both the New Forest Cycle Challenge and the Jurassic Coastline Walk Challenge.

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5. Click Join event and create your event page

This is the page where you tell people about the challenge you are taking part in and why. You can change the name of the website link to whatever you wish.

6. Share your page with your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you!

2015 fundraising events announced!

2015 fundraising events announced!

Two fundraising challenges have been announced, set to take place on 6th June 2015.

The two challenges include a ‘100 mile New Forest Cycle’ and the ‘Best of Jurassic 20 mile walk’. Both challenges will be on June 6th, starting at the fabulous Connaught Hotel in Bournemouth.

THE NEW FOREST 100 MILE CYCLE

Starting early in the morning you will leave Bournemouth to bike along the promenade, providing un-spoiled views of the beach and the sea as you head to and through Christchurch, en-route to the beautiful New Forest.

Once there, you will bike on quiet forest roads, taking in the fantastic scenery and no doubt bumping into (not literally we hope) those famous new forest ponies, before heading back to Bournemouth.

BEST OF JURASSIC 20 MILE WALK

Starting at the enchanting Lulworth Cove you head east along the beautiful Jurassic coast, navigating your way up and down it’s undulating coastal path and taking in the breath-taking scenery and clear sea air.

This walk offers a real challenge in the available time-frame, some very demanding hills, but some of best coastal scenery you will find in the UK.

For more information on either challenge or to register click here.

Mark receives the BT Chairmans Award for Brown Dog fundraising achievements

Mark receives the BT Chairmans Award for Brown Dog fundraising achievements

Brown Dog Founder Member and Managing Director, Mark Storer has received the BT Chairman’s Award for the fundraising efforts of the Brown Dog.

Mark said: “Being nominated for a BT Chairman’s Award is just fantastic! I don’t see it as just for me, but for the people that have been with me on this journey for 14 years.”

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported the Brown Dog and helped to raise money for some fantastic causes over those years.