Southmead Prostate Cancer Care Appeal gets boost from consultant’s triathlon

July 28 2017

THE Prostate Cancer Care Appeal at Southmead Hospital has gained new strength from consultant urologist Anthony Koupparis, who raised more than £6,000 by taking part in the Cotswolds 226 Triathlon last month.

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by Jayne Bennett 

 THE Prostate Cancer Care Appeal at Southmead Hospital has gained new strength from consultant urologist Anthony Koupparis, who raised more than £6,000 by taking part in the Cotswolds 226 Triathlon last month.

Anthony, 42, works as a part of the urology team at Southmead Hospital and came up with the idea of doing a full Ironman triathlon event to raise money for the appeal, which has been running since last September.

 “At Southmead we offer world-class robotic surgery treatment to men suffering with prostate cancer and our appeal is to buy two new robots so we can help even more men. It’s such a worthwhile cause,” explained Anthony.

For the triathlon on 25 June, Anthony completed a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile cycle, topped off a full 26-mile marathon; a massive undertaking for a novice.

“I’ve been training every week since Christmas and it’s been quite tough. But I got a message of support from Chrissy Wellington – four-time world Ironman champion and one of the world’s most amazing athletes – and that has really encouraged me!”

The new ambitious appeal aims to raise £2 million to fund the two new robots and give men with prostate cancer in the south west the best prospect of recovery and survival.

A charity Buskathon event, held in the atrium of Southmead Hospital’s Brunel Building during June, also raised a record amount of £13,300 for the appeal.

The event featured 90 live performances from choirs, bands, classical musicians and dancing groups. The hospital also hosted BBC Music Day which brought together singers from 60 choirs from across the south west in a series of live broadcasts on the BBC, also featuring jazz saxophonist YolanDa. 

There were also performances in Broadmead and John Lewis, and Let’s Rock Bristol donated tickets to the charity which raised more than £3,000.

 Adrian Brown, community appeals manager, said: “This year’s Buskathon has exceeded expectations and provided a month of spectacular live music to entertain and uplift our staff, visitors and patients.

 “Not only have we raised a significant amount for our Prostate Cancer Care Appeal but we have enhanced the experience of coming into hospital for patients and visitors to create a more healing environment.”

 Southmead Hospital has the largest urological centre in the country, treating thousands of prostate cancer patients a year. It is also one of only five centres in the UK to specialise in robotic surgery to treat the disease. 

But having helped save the lives of many men, Southmead’s current robot is aging, and the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal is hoping to raise enough cash to fund two new robots so that even more men can be offered this life-saving treatment.

“Robotic prostate surgery is much better for men suffering with prostate cancer than traditional surgical methods,” explains Anthony, who is lead urology consultant.

“It’s more accurate, less invasive, causes less blood loss, and reduces the length of stay in hospital. Men also have much better long-term prospects for a full recovery.

“Our team at Southmead are regional, national and European leaders for robotic surgery and the Appeal will ensure we stay at the forefront of this technology.

“We realise this is an ambitious appeal, but with support we can carry on giving men the best possible future,” adds Anthony.

The charity is now keen to hear from individuals, companies and other organisations who would also like to get fundraising to support the Appeal – there are lots of ways people can help.

Find out more about the Prostate Cancer Care Appeal at www. southmead hospitalcharity.org/prostate, or you can still sponsor Anthony’s challenge at https: //prostate.everydayhero.com/uk/ anthony-1