Breast care centre charity raises £1 million

Friday, 8 June 2012

A charity that supports the Breast Care Centre at Southmead Hospital is celebrating reaching two important milestones.

This month Bust - Breast Unit Support Trust – are marking their 21st year of fundraising and have raised £1million for the unit.

In 1991 the charity was launched by three patients to fund the equipment needed to set up a dedicated breast care unit at Frenchay Hospital.

The centre transferred to Southmead Hospital last year.

The first scanner they raised money for cost £28,000 and since then they have bought another 12 with number 13 soon to be installed.

The charity reached its £1 million mark thanks to sponsorship raised by 100 runners taking part in the Bristol 10k in May 2012.

Jane Barker, lead breast care nurse at the centre, said: “The support and dedication of BUST over the past 21 years has been remarkable and the money they have raised has been a huge boost to the unit and the thousands of women we see every year.

“To raise £1 million for the centre is a wonderful achievement and I don’t think we can thank BUST and their supporters enough.”