Rotary club supports Borneo charity trek
8:30am Saturday 6th October 2012 in News
Medical staff preparing to take part in a charity trek across Borneo have been supported by Helston Rotary Club.
The staff from the Poldark ward at Truro's Royal Cornwall Hospital have been presented with a cheque for £250 ahead of their fundraising effort in aid of the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.
The money was presented by Mick Timpson from the club to Siobhan Harvey, a staff nurse in the Poldark ward who lives in Helston.
She will be joined by Adam Widdison, divisional director of surgery and colorectal consultant surgeon, Karen Cock, colo-rectal specialist nurse and ward sister Lisa Griffiths in the ten-day trek through the Kalimantan Jungle this November.
They all work in the gastro-intestinal speciality surgery ward at the Treliske hospital.
Bowel cancer affects one in every 18 people in the UK and is the nation's second biggest cancer killer.
Over the past decade major developments have been made, with screening for bowel cancer now available nationally for those aged 60 to 75.
Innovations in the treatment options available have resulted in death rates falling by around 13 per cent.
Beating Bowel Cancer is fighting for early diagnosis of the disease, as well as helping people through the investigations and treatment.