1:10pm Saturday 28th April 2012
A charity has vowed not to give hospital bosses a penny from a new fundraising drive after they failed to use equipment it donated.
Gordon Vacher is to net thousands for The Oxford Laryngectomy Club by selling clothing donated by his employer, the Marussia F1 team.
But he said the chiefs at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust won’t get to decide the fate of it because they have not used machines the club spent nine years saving for.
It previously raised £11,000 for two ear, nose and throat work stations as part of plans to move services from the John Radcliffe to Churchill hospital.
The machines are lying unused since being handed over last May because of a rethink by hospital bosses.
Mr Vacher, the factory manager at the Banbury-based F1 team, said the haul of more than 10,000 unwanted pieces of kit would net the club more than £8,000 through sales at car boot fairs.
The team can no longer use items like jackets, hats and trousers because this year it had to change its name from Marussia Virgin to Marussia F1.
The sale cash will pay for items like nebulisers – which pump drugs as a mist into the lungs – and for nurse training.
Cancer of the larynx can be treated with laser surgery as well as a laryngectomy, where part of all of the larynx is removed.
Survival rates drastically improve if the disease is detected early.
The F1 team last year moved to Overthrope Road, Banbury from South Yorkshire, where it had raised £7,000 for a hospice with a similar themed clothing sale.
Team principal John Booth said: “Gordon has done a lot for the club and it seemed appropriate we channel it through him.”
He said of the unused hospital equipment: “The amount of work he has put into it, it must be extremely frustrating for him.”
The trust said the equipment had not been used as it is reviewing where head and neck cancer services should be based over cost concerns.
The services could be stay at the John Radcliffe Hospital, move to the Churchill’s Oxford Cancer Centre or go across both.
The review will be discussed at the trust board’s next meeting at the JR’s George Pickering Education Centre on Thursday May 3.
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