Local man and fund raiser from High Wycombe on target to raise £100k in support of local charity, Scannappeal
A local man and fund raiser from High Wycombe has vowed to raise £100k in support of local charity, Scannappeal.
Phil Richards first came to Scannappeal in 2017 following a stage 3 kidney cancer diagnosis at just 39 years old. He had his kidney removed using equipment purchased by Scannappeal and wanted to ‘give something back’. He vowed to raise £50K and went on to smash his target.
The charity’s £1.5m Bucks MRI Appeal is on track to purchase two state of the art MRI scanners for our local hospitals by 2020 and Phil’s support is an incredible boost to the money needed.
Phil says: ‘Living with cancer leaves very little to the imagination. The truth about life is that you never really know what you are about to come up against or deal with, unfortunately that’s just reality. What I do know, is that out of even the saddest of situations, positive things can happen and this is where I can absolutely make a difference.‘
Phil’s favourite saying is ‘You don’t have to be a doctor to save a life‘ because he knows first hand that the generous donations to Scannappeal are turned into lifesaving equipment, equipment he has personally benefited from. Phil is now in the middle of a memorable year of fund raising where he has pledged to raise £100k. He has already taken part in the ScannaRide100 which has seen him getting on his bike and cycling nearly 70 miles over the Chilterns and walking the Jurassic Coastline.
Lisa Trivett, Scannappeal Director, shared her pride in getting to know Phil and his achievement for the charity: ‘Phil is a truly lovely individual, with such positivity for life which is very infectious. We are so proud to have him as part of the Scannappeal family and will be forever grateful for his dedication to the charity and all he is doing to support our work‘.
Phil’s pledge to raise £100k this year felt like a daunting challenge, but not for Phil. With the tremendous support of family, friends and his colleagues at Tesco, Phil will soon be reaching his target, a truly remarkable effort.
Phil went on to say: ‘I’ve had some tough choices to make in my life and the biggest choice I’ve made is that I won’t be living with cancer, cancer will be living with me! So I ask you this question whether you know me or not…. Are you prepared to be a lifesaver?‘
Anyone wishing to support Phil in his year of fund raising in support of the Bucks MRI Appeal can make a donation securely on line via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/philvscancer19 or by contacting Scannappeal directly on 01494 734161.
Further information about the Bucks MRI Appeal can be found at https://scannappeal.org.uk/appeals/bucks-mri-appeal/.