Live bowel cancer operations to be broadcast to trainee surgeons after £1,000 Vistry donation


A Basingstoke-based cancer charity has bought a new state-of-the-art camera to help train surgeons, thanks to a donation from a housebuilder.


The Pelican Cancer Foundation purchased the new pan tilt camera, which can provide live coverage of operations, after a £1,000 contribution from Vistry Thames Valley.


Staff at the Reading-based housebuilder became aware of the charity’s work after one of their colleagues was diagnosed with bowel cancer.


The Foundation is dedicated to helping those with bowel cancer and its associated secondary diseases, live well for longer. The Charity does this by funding research and delivering education programmes for healthcare professionals to share learning to improve early diagnosis and treatment of bowel cancer.


Daphne Robertson, CEO at the Pelican Cancer Foundation, said: “Pelican is a medical research and education charity and the only charity in the UK dedicated solely to the research, training and advancement of precision surgery for bowel cancer and its associated secondary diseases.


“We are very grateful to Vistry for its generous donation of £1,000 which has been used to purchase a pan tilt camera, which will enable us to broadcast live filming of surgical procedures directly to the training classroom.


“Pelican’s educational courses are attended by medical professionals from across the UK and internationally. Patients with bowel cancer will have a better chance of living well for longer thanks to the success of Pelican training courses in advancing the skills and understanding of surgeons and their cancer teams.”


Alix Laflin, marketing manager for Vistry Thames Valley, said: “We were all devastated to hear of our colleague’s diagnosis with bowel cancer. It really brought it home to all of us how prevalent this disease is and how it affects the lives of so many people. The latest NHS statistics show that one in two people will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime which is a frightening thought.  


“Through our colleague we became aware of the amazing work that the Pelican Cancer Foundation does to try to improve the lives and survival rates of people suffering with bowel cancer. It really is encouraging to know that the camera that has been purchased with our donation will assist with the training of surgeons and help improve outcomes for cancer patients.”


Vistry Thames Valley is part of the Vistry Group which includes Linden Homes, Bovis Homes and Countryside Homes. It is building new homes at locations across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. For more information, visit

For more information about the Pelican Cancer Foundation, go to      

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