Theatre event raises over £3,000 for Rory the Robot Appeal
Palace Theatre volunteer Jan Prior took to the stage recently to introduce a theatrical extravaganza at the Redditch venue, in support of the Rory the Robot Appeal.
Theatre goers were treated to songs from past greats, including Elvis and Cliff Richard tribute acts, as well as show tunes and songs from Broadway’s glittering past being performed. The sold out event raised £3,911 for the Rory the Robot Appeal on the night through ticket sales, a cake stall and a tombola.
The Rory the Robot Appeal aims to raise £1.6 million for a surgical robot to treat patients with prostate cancer across Worcestershire. The state of the art surgical robotic system allows surgeons to perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which means surgeons operate through a few small incisions rather than large open surgery.
Jan and her husband Alan were instrumental in getting the event up and running. Jan said: “The whole day went very well and we have had lots of comments from people saying how much they enjoyed the show. Many families are touched by cancer so we are pleased to support the Rory the Robot Appeal and raise awareness of prostate cancer.”
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust began the Rory the Robot appeal to further improve the experience of its prostate cancer patients. With Rory’s assistance patients will benefit from less pain, minimal blood loss, reduced time in hospital and quicker recoveries. In Worcestershire alone there are 2500 men surviving prostate cancer at any one time, with about 500 new prostate cancer cases diagnosed every year.