Britain’s most decorated female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey DBE took time out from her Rio 2016 training regime to officially launch a new mammography machine at Broadgreen Hospital.
The state of the art HologicSelenia Dimensions Mammography equipment was gifted to the breast screening unit at Broadgreen Hospital by breast cancer charity Boot Out Breast Cancer. The charity, of which Dame Sarah is a patron, raised around £130,000 for the breast screening machine through a range of fundraising activities including a glamorous Vegas themed ball in March 2015, which raised over £96,000.
Dame Sarah was joined by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Tony Concepcion, Boot our Breast Cancer Founder Debbie Dowie, Trust chief executive Aidan Kehoe,DrCathryn Beattie, director of the Liverpool NHS Breast Screening Programme and members of the breast screening team.
Dame Sarah said: “I am very proud of the work of Boot Out Breast Cancer in raising funds for the equipment, whatever the requirement, Debbie and her team are able to meet the fundraising target through hard work and amazing support. It is so fantastic to know that the equipment we are presenting today will make such a difference to the people of this community and beyond.”
Dr Cathryn Beattie, director of the Liverpool NHS Breast Screening Programme said: “We are extremely grateful to Dame Sarah for taking the time out to officially open our new facility. We would like to thank Boot Out Breast Cancer founder Debbie Dowie and everyone who helped to fund our new mammography machine. Having this additional machine will enable us to provide screening to more women across Merseyside, helping to detect breast cancers sooner and save lives of many more women.”
The Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Tony Concepcion said: “It was fantastic to meet Dame Sarah, Debbie Dowie and the Boot Out Breast Cancer team. Their work in raising the money for this new machine will save the lives of women in Liverpool and on behalf of the city of Liverpool I would like to offer Dame Sarah and Boot Out Breast Cancer our sincerest thanks.”