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The Fletcher Foundation supports cancer care at University Hospitals Dorset

October 27, 2021

Ferndown based charity, The Fletcher Foundation, have once again made an outstanding contribution to University Hospitals Dorset, donating £10,000 to support patients receiving cancer treatment at Poole Hospital.

Despite Covid-19 fundraising restrictions and regulations, the local organisation has successfully raised funds which will be split between departments providing care for breast and prostate cancer.

£5,000 was recently presented to the Dorset Breast Screening Unit to part fund a breast cancer imaging machine. Only one machine is available and the provision of another will ensure fast and more accurate results during the breast cancer screening process, resulting in reduced patient stress, pain and anxiety.

A further £5,000 has been specifically donated to enhance the care of prostate cancer patients.

Phil Fletcher, Founder of the Fletcher Foundation said “It is a pleasure to once again have the opportunity to support Poole Hospital. Our foundation was established by a group of local people with loved ones who have either received treatment or sadly lost their lives following a breast or prostate cancer diagnosis. This is a matter close to our hearts and we share the same motivation to support cancer care at Poole Hospital.

Our fundraising efforts over the last two years were made incredibly difficult following Covid-19 restrictions and regulations but the generosity of Keith Banks and The u3a community in naming us their charity of the year, enabled us to raise a make another donation to the Poole Hospital to support breast and prostate cancer care.”

Sara Fripp, Fundraising Manager at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity said “We cannot thank the Fletcher Foundation enough for this generous donation to support cancer care at Poole Hospital. Once fully funded, a new breast cancer imaging machine will enhance patient experience during the screening process, which can be an incredibly stressful time.”

The cost of a new Faxitron breast cancer imaging machine totals £52,734 and University Hospitals Dorset are still fundraising for this vital piece of technology. If you are interested in raising funds or would like to make a donation please visit or call 0300 019 4060/8449.


Debbie Anderson (Head of Charity, UHD NHS Charity) ,Phil Fletcher (Founder of the Fletcher Foundation),

Suzanne Fletcher (Trustee, Fletcher Foundation),

Nicole Langdown (Trustee, Fletcher Foundation),

Tony Brown (Treasurer and Trustee, Fletcher Foundation),

Sara Fripp (Fundraising Manager, UHD NHS Charity),

Mel Huish (Imaging Manager – Dorset Breast Screening Unit)

Members of the University Hospitals Dorset Radiotherapy/Brachytherapy team

Date of cheque presentation – Wednesday 25 August


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