Andy Thomas, Consultant Urological Surgeon at BMI The Werndale Hospital and a team of 15 Welsh sport heroes, including former international Welsh rugby union players Bleddyn Bowen, Ieuan Evans and Jonathan Davies (MBE), have climbed 19,340ft to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise vital funds for the Welsh prostate cancer charity ‘Glaze’ and the Velindre Cancer Research Centre’s ‘Stepping Stones Appeal’. For the gruelling challenge Andy and the team raised £22,150, just £8,000 short of their target of £30,000.
The money will help ‘Glaze’ with funding for the first. £1.1 million, state-of-the-art robotic surgical device in Wales, which will be able to carry out prostate cancer surgery with less pain and a shorter hospital stay. The money raised by Andy and the team will also go towards funding vital research into lung cancer in non-smokers, a condition which is on the rise in Wales.
Andy Thomas, comments, “I was invited to join the Kilimanjaro climb by former Welsh Rugby Captain, Bleddyn Bowen. The challenge, while extremely daunting at first was for a fantastic cause and the team and I are extremely pleased with the total of £22,150 we have raised so far. The money raised will go towards two charities who are really pushing forward the boundaries of research and technology in Wales.”
“Lung and prostate cancer are now the most common cancers in Wales and it is vitally important for funding to be made available to continue research and improve treatments as early detection can save lives. It is estimated that by 2015 there will be a 30 per cent increase in the most common forms of cancer in Wales, therefore it is vital to fund new treatments and research programmes such as the ‘Stepping Stones Appeal’.”