The Captain and Lady Captain's Charity for 2019 is the Marina Dalglish Appeal.
The Marina Dalglish Appeal was set up by the Dalglish family in 2005 “to do something to help” after Marina was successfully treated for Breast Cancer in 2003. The charity has one simple aim “ to make a difference”
The fundraising started with a target of £1.2 million pounds to create a new Chemotherapy Unit at Aintree University Hospital where patients could be treated for a range of cancers in a spa-like environment. The centre is still thriving 8 years on, having treated over 2,000 patients; and also offers complimentary and hollistic treatments for breast cancer patients - known as 'The Retreat'. It has been proven that alternative treatments can help ease the side-effects of chemotherapy, as well as reducing stress levels; and a mani-pedi never hurt anyone!
They are very proud to have played a huge part in bringing radiotherapy to Liverpool in 2011 at The CCO in the grounds of Aintree University Hospital.
SOUTHPORT & FORMBY DISTRICT GENERAL HOSPITAL
In 2014 the charity contributed £500,000 to Southport & Formby District General Hospital for a new chemotherapy and haematology centre.
THE WALTON CENTRE
They have also raised £1.25 million towards an iMRI scanner for the Walton Centre, which will enable surgeons to scan patients during surgery and significantly reduce the need for further operations following the removal of brain tumours.
THE MARINA DALGLISH BREAST UNIT
They recently reached their target for a new Mammogram machine which will be used at The Marina Dalglish Breast Unit at Aintree University Hospital, cutting waiting times for patients.
Cancer may be given umbrella terms such as breast cancer, lung cancer, bowel cancer - but what many don't understand is that every case is different. The Marina Dalglish Appeal is associated with breast cancer as a result of Marina’s illness, but patients at the centres are treated for a range of cancers. These include: prostate, bowel, blood, breast, and bladder.
The money raised at upcoming events will go towards the new breast cancer support centre, Larks, in Liverpool where breast cancer patients are offered holistic therapies as well as hair and nail treatments. It is proven that alternative treatments can ease the side effects of chemo and radiotherapies, as well as reducing stress levels.
Thanks to the volunteers, Larks is currently open on Mondays and we hope that with your support they will also be able to open on Thursdays. This will enable even more ladies to be helped on their cancer journey, and improve their overall wellbeing.