A team of 10 vets and support staff from Friars Moor Veterinary Clinic cycled a gruelling 800 miles around the New Forest in September to raise money for the Pembroke Unit at Salisbury Hospital. Staff at Friars Moor wanted to show their support for farm animal vet and Director,David Aggett,who underwent chemotherapy treatment at the unit in the Spring. The team raised £9,947.99, thanks to a huge show of support from friends and clients.
The money will be spent on a highly specialised piece of equipment the ‘Sherlock 3CG Tip Confirmation System’ which helps hospital staff place central catheters in patients for chemotherapy treatment.The new equipment will make it quicker, easier and more comfortable for patients to receive chemotherapy treatment. It will also reduce the risk of infections and other complications.
Farm vets Jenny Bellini, Lucy Hepworth, Claire Whittle and Eleanor Price took on the challenge alongside TB testers Bogdan Butnaru,Kathryn Peaty and Rhian Rochford,Director Anthony Wilkinson and farm operation managers Jess Sealey and Izzie Place. Farm manager,Mark Harvey,took on the role of team coach.
Vet Jenny Bellini says ‘We were overwhelmed with the generosity our clients and colleagues have shown in helping us support the Pembroke Unit, where David had his treatment. Lucy and I knew we had a great team here at Friars Moor but were amazed with how keen everyone was to get in the saddle! It was great to get involved to show we were all right behind David.’