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Celebration as £10,000 fundraising target for laparoscopy suite reached

A local resident has said ‘thank you’ to Mr Tas Qureshi, the Poole Hospital surgeon who saved his wife’s life, by raising a fantastic £10,000 for the hospital’s laparoscopy suite.

In December, 2012 Rob Eaton vowed to raise £10,000 in tribute to the wonderful care his wife Debbie received when she was taken seriously ill in 2011. Eighteen months later he has reached his target and celebrated at a special cabaret event at The Lighthouse on 21 June.

The cabaret sold out and was attended by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Peter Adams, and Mr Qureshi, who saved Debbie’s life in 2011. A cheque for £10,251 was presented to Mr Qureshi at the beginning of the show.

Rob said: “To raise £10,000 for the laparoscopy suite at Poole Hospital was a massive challenge!

“I could not have done it without the support of many people and I would like to thank everyone for their support.

“I would like to reiterate my special thanks to GJ Cabarets for coming up with the great fundraising idea and working so hard to make sure it was a marvellous performance at the Lighthouse on Saturday evening.  

“I have set myself a new target to take this to the next level of £100,000. This is going to be an incredible challenge!

“But you have to aim for the stars and please trust me when I say the money raised is going to save lives!

“That alone makes it worth my best effort, so please continue to support and encourage others to get involved."

Mr Qureshi, consultant general and laparoscopic surgeon at Poole Hospital, said: “The money that Rob has raised will help me to continue upgrading the laparoscopic theatre here at Poole, where I offer key-hole surgery for patients with cancer.

“Thanks to such fundraising we are able to offer Poole patients the best treatment with cutting edge technology. I am extremely grateful for Rob’s generous support.”

Gina Barnard, a local Poole girl who runs dance cabaret troupe GJ Cabarets, came up with the idea of a special cabaret event to help raise funds and to celebrate Rob’s successful fundraising efforts. The dance troupe were joined by local artists, vocalist Lindsey Bonnick and street dancer Jack Manley.

Gina said: "being a local Poole girl I had heard about Rob's story through my mum who worked on a sign language course with him, and wondered if there was anything I could do to help his cause.

“My dance cabaret troupe GJ Cabarets has become fairly well known and I had always wanted to put on a show at the Lighthouse in Poole.

“I felt the time was right this year to put on an all singing, all dancing, whilst raising money for such an inspirational man and a fantastic charity.

“I'm so happy that so many people supported the event- who knows there may be a next time!"

If you would like to contribute to Rob’s Just Giving page visit www.justgiving.com/Robert-Eaton/ 

Date: 4 July 2014

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