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A gin-erous donation

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) has received a boost to its ‘In Pink’ fundraising campaign.

Local bar, Gin on the Lane, has donated almost £100 towards the fund for new equipment for the South Lancashire Breast Screening Service.

The bar, which opened on Wigan Lane in May last year, raised money as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month by donating 10 per cent of all pink gin sales.

The donation of £97.20 will go towards the ‘In Pink’ fundraising campaign which aims to purchase an additional ultrasound machine and other equipment for the service at WWL’s Thomas Linacre Centre.

The new machine will help to improve the numbers of patients who can be seen, reduce waiting times, and help to identify abnormalities quicker.

Patient Navigator, Janet Ellison, is presented with donation by Gin on the Lane owner, Alison Duncan

Alison Duncan, owner of Gin on the Lane, said: “Donating 10 per cent of our pink gin sales made perfect sense for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“It’s a great service for the people of Wigan so we were more than happy to support the campaign.”

Receiving the donation was Patient Navigator, Janet Ellison who said: “It’s absolutely great having the support of our local community and businesses, not just in terms of fundraising but also raising awareness.

“If breast cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage of its development, it is estimated that after five years 99 out of 100 women diagnosed will still be alive, so being screened regularly and detecting changes early is very important.”

In certain areas of Lancashire, fewer than half of women aged 50 to 70 attend to be screened every three years, even though screening is free, fast and easily accessible.

If anyone requires further information about breast screening, contact the South Lancashire Breast Screening Unit at the Thomas Linacre Centre, Wigan on 01942 774 713, or contact your own GP.