The Middlesex Masonic Charity has recently made the substantial donation of £25,000 to the St Mark’s Hospital Foundation in Harrow.
St Mark’s Hospital specialises in colorectal and anorectal procedures.
The Hospital hopes to raise the sum of £2m through charitable donations and from leading philanthropists to develop a Surgical Robotics Programme for bowel cancer and bowel disease surgery and have almost reached the £0.5m mark.
W. Bro David Yeaman, a Trustee of the Middlesex Masonic Charity presented the cheque for £25,000 to the St Mark’s Hospital Foundation Chairman, Sir Tom Troubridge, who was accompanied by Mr Anthony Cummings, Executive Director and Ms Riyah Talati, the Trusts and Foundations Fundraising Manager.
Ms Talati says, ‘St Mark’s Hospital Foundation wishes to thank Middlesex Masonic Charity for its tremendously generous donation, which will help to maintain the momentum the Surgical Robotics Programme is building.
St Mark’s Hospital Foundation is proud to be associated with such a philanthropic organisation as Middlesex Masonic Charity.
We wish to thank all the trustees, and particularly Mr Adrian Howorth for his support and Mr David Yeaman and Mr Dave Chambers for their good offices.
We look forward to a strong partnership going forward.’
At the presentation, a talk was given by Mr Danilo Miskovic, one of the consultant colorectal surgeons at St Mark’s.
He has specialized in the surgical treatment of bowel cancer, with a focus on advanced minimally-invasive surgery, such as laparoscopic (key hole), trans-anal and robotic surgery. Mr Miskovic is an established robotic surgeon.
Robotic surgery is an extremely important development in surgical innovation and the goal of the team in utilising these newer technologies and procedures is to ensure higher survival rates and improved long term quality of life for those who have undergone surgery.
The impact of surgical innovation on the cancer survival rate is striking: the five-year survival rate for bowel cancer has doubled over the past 40 years, primarily as a result of innovations in surgical procedures.
However, bowel cancer is the second highest cause of cancer fatalities, claiming more than 630,000 lives annually worldwide.
Although the overall survival rate is 50%, this can be improved on by continued surgical innovation.
St Mark’s Hospital is committed to researching and implementing robotic surgery in its specialist field and also to disseminate the best clinical practice in colorectal robotic surgery worldwide.
The Surgical Robotics Research Programme is initially focussing on the application of this minimally invasive technique on bowel cancer surgical treatment.
It will then explore the wider clinical application of robotics to other areas of bowel disease, such as the inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis, and pelvic floor.
There is no doubt that the contribution made by Middlesex Masons together, with all other charitable giving, will immensely improve the longer term prognosis of sufferers.
The Middlesex Masonic Charity should be proud of this endeavour and W. Bro David Yeaman said after that he left with a feeling that the Freemasons of Middlesex were doing something really special by supporting a very well organised and intentioned Trust which is dedicated to becoming the world leader in colonic robotic surgery.
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