The Trust this year, 2016, has been looking at getting close to an amazing £50,000 in total donations since Nancy died in 2009. Well, we’re there! Not only that but the recent Toppesfield Village Talentless Evening raised £1125 which actually gets us to a Grand Total since 2009 of just £70 short of £51,000. Unbelievable, which is also what Nancy would have said.
The Trust is so grateful for the generosity shown by all the donors over the years, large and small and without them the community would not have benefitted from the better trained and more numerous lymphoedema health care professionals that are now out there delivering care to lymphoedema sufferers, nor would it have had the new weekly lymphoedema clinic operating in the Nancy Salmon Room of Halstead Hospital. Also we shouldn’t forget the training of many EFT therapists, many of whom provide a welcome service to those in need of that type of therapy.
We were approached by Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE), the services delivery organisation working on behalf of the North Essex CCG, to provide them with a laser device that can be used to treat fibrosis and scarring related to lymphoedema. The THOR LX2 unit can be used to treat a large area of lymphoedema relatively quickly and will immediately benefit a number of existing patients as well as future patients.
The machine was delivered to ACE in March earlier this year.
We have heard from Kate John, see her picture below, since she passed her Fluoroscopy Guided Lymphatic Drainage course and we're delighted that yet another practitioner and her patients have been able to benefit from the Trust's generous donors. Please see her thoughts below.
"I am writing to inform that I have passed my FG-MLD course! I have learnt so much and know this will really benefit my patients. The feed-back we are getting from patients is very positive. I can't thank you, Nancy's Trust, enough for giving me this opportunity.
The Trust has just delivered a Moisture Meter to St Peters which will assist greatly with understanding the development of lymphoedema in a patient, answering the question, ”Is it getting worse or is it getting better?” Normally this is done by measurement of the limb or other affected part of the body where possible but this device gives a far more accurate picture of what is going on and so helps to determine the most appropriate treatment. It is a portable device that will be used both in Maldon and Halstead as necessary.
The Trust has recently funded two lymphoedema nurses' training courses. The first, an update course for Sara Percival who we have been pleased to support since the early days of Nancy's Trust. Sara used to be based at the St Helena Hospice in Colchester with the North Essex Lymphoedema Service but after recent changes within the NHS that service is provided by ACE, Anglian Community Enterprise, on behalf of the NE Essex CCG. Sara is still based in Colchester but provides the service to patients in other clinics, including Tendring, in North Essex.
The Trust is also funding a full set of lymphoedema management courses later in the year for Kate John, a health practitioner working out of the Arthur Rank Hospice in Cambridge. She and her hospice are very keen to expand her skills into areas that her colleagues are already using and through that the hospice will be able to offer an improved and more comprehensive lymphoedema service to its patients. We look forward to hearing of Kate's progress in due course.